About the Author
IONA (b. 1923) and PETER OPIE (1918-1982) began their research together in 1944. Fifteen years later, they published The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
and took their places as, to quote The Guardian
, "the supreme archivists of the folklore movement." Since that time, they have jointly published The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, The Classic Fairy Tales
, and Childrens Game in Street and Playground
. Since Peter Opies death in 1982, Iona Opie has carried on with their work under his name as well as her own.