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Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Languages: English, French
Ressource Type: song, nursery rhyme
Themes: pumpkin and autumn harvest
Age-range: infant-preschool, 4 – 8 years


Culture and Vocabulary:

  • Halloween


  • Practice letter P (Peter, Pumpkin)
  • Using the past tense (had, could, put, kept, did, learned, loved)

“Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater” is a very old English language nursery rhyme. There is some debate over the song’s actual origins. The first surviving version of the rhyme was published in “Infant Institutes, part the first: or a Nurserical Essay on the Poetry, Lyric and Allegorical, of the Earliest Ages”, in London around 1797, but that song did not use pumpkin in its lyrics. It was also published in 1825 in Boston in the USA in a book titled “Mother Goose’s Quarto: or Melodies Complete”.

The nursery rhyme “Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater” is effective to practice letter P (Peter, Pumpkin), focus on a pumpkin and autumn harvest theme, or for Halloween celebrations.


English version:

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had another and didn’t love her;
Peter learned to read and spell,
And then he loved her very well.

French Translation:

Peter, Peter mangeur de citrouille

Peter, Peter mangeur de citrouille,
Avait une femme mais ne pouvait la garder ;
Il l’a mise dans une coquille de citrouille
Et là, il l’a très bien gardée.

Peter, Peter mangeur de citrouille,
En a eu une autre et ne l’aimait pas ;
Peter a appris à lire et à épeler,
Et puis il l’aimait très bien.



Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater from the album Mother Goose Club Sings Nursery Rhymes

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