The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren

The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren

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First published in 1959, Iona and Peter Opie's The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren is a pathbreaking work of scholarship that is also a splendid and enduring work of literature. Going outside the nursery, with its assortment of parent-approved entertainments, to observe and investigate the day-to-day creative intelligence and activities of children, the Opies bring to life the rites and rhymes, jokes and jeers, laws, games, and secret spells of what has been called "the greatest of savage tribes, and the only one which shows no signs of dying out."

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Reprint of the 1960 Oxford U. Press of this classic study (which is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. , with some brief, more recent prefatory and introductory material. In the 1950s, the Opies collected schoolyard poems, riddles, and chants from some 5,000 children attending 70 schools in different parts of England, Scotland, and Wales opening adult ears to this rich heritage in a systematic way for the first time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780940322691
Characteristics: xxxvii, 417 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Opie, Peter

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