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About the Author

Simon J. Bronner Bio:

Simon J. Bronner received his Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies from Indiana University. He became editor of the Encyclopedia of American Studies, then he became editor of the journals Material Culture and Folklore Historian and now edits book series entitled Material Worlds for the University Press of Kentucky and Jewish Cultural Studies.


He has edited numerous books: a four-volume encyclopedia of American folk life, a cultural history of consumer society, folklife studies from the Gilded Age, creativity and tradition, the writing of Lafcadio Hearn, the writing of Alan Dundes, American folklore and nationalism, and folk art and material culture.


He has been invited all over the country and abroad to speak on his research and consult with American Studies programs, and he won Penn State Harrisburg's awards for research, teaching, and service. Back home he is a highly regarded teacher; he won the Jordan Award for teaching from Penn State in 1985, and the Mary Turpie Prize from the American Studies Association for teaching, advising, and program development. He was visiting distinguished professor of American Studies at the University of California and he served as Fulbright Professor of American Studies at Osaka University in Japan before becoming the Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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Product Details

  • Series: American Folklore Series
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: August House; 1st edition (January 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874830680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874830682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 3, 2004
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Although definitely not politically correct, this book peers into the world of children, their rhymes, their games, their jokes, and just about everything else that makes up childhood. What makes this book particularly interesting is the social, cultural, and psychological analysis given for each type of joke, rhyme, etc. If it is a gross rhyme the author notes when these became the most popular, the age groups it is most popular with and why. If it is a nonsense joke like elephant jokes then he notes when they were most popular and how they could have represented society changing to deal with civil rights. The book also includes various counting rhymes, games, toys, and other activities that are part of a child's world. For a nostalgic trip back to the days of childhood or a serious study of childhood social structures American Children's Folklore is a recommended read.
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Great book. I bought a copy in 1988 and couldn't locate it, so here I am buying another copy at 2012 prices ($26.00 ouch!) A fun book then and still a fun book! Bronner has really done a great job of getting the ditty's, poems, jokes, parodies and games correct! I purchased this because I'm going camping this year with friends who are of the same age. I thought they (we) would get a kick out of the book around the campsite.

Yes, there are ethnic jokes, and even Helen Keller jokes, but sorry to say, they're a part of American childhood folklore, then and even now!

Buy the book and enjoy the parts you want and like. Maybe even play a different version of Hop Scotch or Red Rover! You're never too old to enjoy your childhood!
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As a school teacher I find that children from grades one through five love and repeat the rhymes, jokes and stories in this book.
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Looking at this book now in the age of PC, I can see how some people could find some of the content offensive. But they have to realize that this captures folklore that wasn't considered offensive at the time. The book has some really funny jokes and games from childhood...remember making fortune tellers, jacobs ladders, cats cradle? Ooh, and the: "My mom will kill me if she heard me tell one single dead baby joke".

I first purchased this book in 1988 to have on hand when my neices and nephew's visited me. I then lent it to a few people through out the years, I recently had to replace it because my children just plain wore the book out.
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