Nursery Rhymes Are Not What They Seem: The Story Behind “Little Jack Horner”

Little Jack Horner Victorian Illustration. Source: (

We all remember the children’s nursery rhyme about Little Jack Horner. It’s the about the little boy who sticks his thumb into a pie and pulls out a plum. Pleased with himself, he declares, “What a good boy am I!” Far from being a harmless rhyme about a kid who likes to keep his fingers in the pie, the nursery rhyme, Little Jack Horner, tells the tale of an actual person who steals more than just a plum.