Quite right, they are sadly missing in American parents' lexicon. Preschool teachers have decried the fact that when children begin school they are completely unfamiliar with nursery rhymes. Teaching nursery rhymes should be mandated in preschool and primary curriculums.
This was all over the newspapers here and is the usual media rubbish. They haven't died out. (a message from the front line)
That's good to hear, Maxine. Although the story concerned British customs, over here nursery rhymes are quite yesterday's news even for 2-year-olds. I did an intensive survey with myself and have concluded that it must be the countless hours of children's television programming over here. The imagery must be ubiquitous and constantly in motion.