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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (New York Review Books Classics)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2003
Most of the material for this book was gathered fifty years ago in British schools, but I'm sure readers in all countries, for all time, will find it amusing and revealing. When I'd finished it, I felt I had a greater insight into children's minds and concerns, which they express, of course, in the games they play and the rhymes they say. I felt at the same time great respect for children. For unasked and unobserved, they have been keeping our traditions alive for us. Many of their dictums and ditties have changed little for hundreds of years. It seems that all the Barbies and Action Men and other expensive toys can't distract them from this valuable and enjoyable task of conservation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 15, 2003
Collected in the 50s, the Opies' LORE AND LANGUAGE OF SCHOOLCHILDREN is a compelling compendium of a world very similar to that of the 21st century but not quite. Americans will be particularly fascinated by the slight differences in customs and games among children across the Atlantic, as the Opies catalogue nicknames, rhymes, games, tricks, and half-believed superstitions and spells. fascinating reading.
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on August 15, 2014
a classic piece of original research, very entertainingly written.
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on May 19, 2015
As described - thanks.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2014
For some reason I thought it would be the lore & language of American school kids, which I'm researching for a book, not British school children. But it's still interesting & extremely thorough.
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