Olive Us: Nursery Rhymes

February 20, 2014

Text and photos by Gabrielle.

I’ve got another episode of Olive Us to share with you today. It’s called Nursery Rhymes and it’s a charmer! It features a collection of animal masks that we amassed while we lived in France — and that happily hang in our Oakland playroom today.

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Masks like these, in dozens of variations, are available at toy shops throughout France, and I found them irresistible. Though our visitors sometimes had differing reactions — some friends found the masks creepy as can be. Hah!

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The masks are so distinctive, that we thought it would be fun to use them in an episode — and nursery rhymes turned out to be a perfect fit. It was fun to come up with a list of which rhymes we would feature — and work in a few fairytale references too — like The Three Bears.

Enjoy the episode! I love how this one turned out. I’d love to know: What’s your reaction to the masks? Lovely or scary? And do you have a favorite nursery rhyme?

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P.S. — Would you like to know more about Olive Us? Here you go:

- Find the official Olive Us website here, and subscribe to the Olive Us Newsletter here.
- Find all the posts I’ve written about Olive Us — including every episode — here.
- We’ve made 44 episodes so far and collaborated with ulive on 20 of them! You can find the Olive Us page on ulive here.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brimful February 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Aww, this video is charming! I think the masks are their own would be slightly creepy…but the Blair Six make them cute :).

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2 Rikki February 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Charming as can be! Might be my favorite yet!

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3 Tamara February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I love the masks. Delightful! My kids are already asking for some.

Our favorite nursery rhyme is Mary had a little lamb. We replace Mary with our names. My kids feel like the song was made just for them.

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4 Jocelyn February 20, 2014 at 10:55 pm

So charming! I love the girls’ pigtails coming out from the masks. Can’t wait to show this to my kiddos. Oh, and I can totally see both sides of the mask debate. Very cool but could also be a bit creepy without being worn.

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5 Elizabeth Aquino February 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

This might be one of my favorites. I think there’s something weird in the best way about nursery rhymes, and with the masks — well — it’s perfect. You’ve managed to make it both charming and surprising!

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6 Janet February 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

Loved this episode! The masks are so adorable and so are the sweet nursery rhymes. So fun!

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7 Jen February 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

I feel bad admitting that I find them to be creepy. Coupled with the weird, sphinx-like nature of nursery rhymes, I think with a little bit of editing you guys could have your own Olive Us: Nursery Rhymes recut as a horror movie ala this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T5_0AGdFic

XO ;)

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8 Amy3 February 21, 2014 at 9:33 am

In the context of the kids in a beautiful, summery setting, the masks didn’t bother me. On their own, though, or in a different context they’re creepy, horror movie stuff (sorry!).

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9 Michelle February 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

I love this! The colors, the editing. It feels very Wes Anderson to me.

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10 julia g blair February 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

The masks are adorable. Interesting that they’re so popular in France.
What do children there do with them. I think nursery rhymes are perfect.

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11 Anon February 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Loved the nursery rhymes, but I found the masks so creepy! I almost couldn’t watch until the end!

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12 Ann February 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I liked the masks and they reminded me of Wes Andersen!

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13 Julie February 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

This is the stuff of nightmares. Terrifying. Your kids are cute. The masks are too reminiscent of the bad Liv Tyler film, The Strangers.

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14 rebecca March 2, 2014 at 11:08 pm

i think the masks are great! many years ago, my husband and i went as marcel dzama creatures for halloween. (http://www.liftingfaces.com/2008/09/the-root-beer-stick-up/) we had a lion mask and a kitty mask and fancily-dressed bodies. right around this time that the band goldfrapp came out with their album black cherry. (http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=249609) and it seemed like there was a bit of an animal/human thing going on. a few years later, i received 6 more animal masks to add to the collection. (http://rebbermade.blogspot.com/2011/03/winters-expense-winters-earnings.html) we keep them on the wall in the dining room, but they come down on occasion when someone needs a change of face. it’s fun to see which ones get picked at any given time. :) i love these masks and yours too!

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