The Mother Goose stories are a very old collection of folk tales and rhymes that had been handed down from generation to generation in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The initiator of the literary fairy tale genre, Charles Perrault, published in 1695 under the name of his son a collection of fairy tales Histoires
ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités, which grew better known under its subtitle, "Contes de ma mère l'Oye" or "Tales of my Mother Goose".
Perrault's publication marks the first authenticated starting-point for Mother Goose stories.
In 1729 there appeared an English translation of Perrault's collection, Robert Samber's Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose,
which introduced "Sleeping Beauty", "Little Red Riding-hood", "Puss in Boots", "Cinderella" and other Perrault tales to English-speaking audiences.
These were fairy tales. John Newbery published a compilation of English rhymes, Mother Goose's Melody, or, Sonnets for the Cradle
(London, undated, c.1765), which switched the focus from fairy tales to nursery rhymes.
The first public appearance of the Mother Goose stories in the North America was in Worcester, Massachusetts, where printer Isaiah Thomas
reprinted Samber's volume under the same title, in 1786.