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“The Opies, professors of literature and essentially folklorists, did something path-breaking: they observed children and took their play seriously…The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren reminds us that children are their own beings who create and navigate complicated social worlds, and the way they do so is worthy of respect and understanding.” —Hilary Levey Friedman, Brain, Child Magazine

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About the Author: Iona Opie edited and wrote many books with her late husband Peter Opie, including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, and The Classic Fairy Tales.


Iona Opie is a leading authority on children's lore and literature. With her late husband, Peter Opie, she wrote the pioneering study of children's culture, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren. The Opies have also edited The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, and The Classic Fairy Tales.


Marina Warner is a prize-winning novelist, cultural historian, and critic. Her most recent novel is The Leto Bundle. Among her acclaimed non-fiction works are From the Beast to the Blonde and No Go the Bogeyman. She lives in London.
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Product Details

  • Series: New York Review Books Classics
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (April 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940322692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940322691
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 21, 2003
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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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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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LORE AND LANGUAGE OF SCHOOLCHILDREN is one of two books I found about out while doing late-night Wikipedia searches on a random rhyme I remembered from when I was a kid. Being a lover of history (and also fond of childhood), I couldn't pass this up. While this was written even before my dad, I found that I recognized a good deal of the rhymes and superstitions detailed inside. My favorite parts were the first several chapters, which dealt with the kinds of juvenile rhymes I was looking for, as well as various jokes, riddles, and the like. And, despite focusing almost exclusively on British schoolchildren's customs, there were occasional references to similar American traditions. My only quibble with the book is that, as far as entertainment value goes (my primary reason for buying this in the first place), it was a bit front-loaded. Once it started getting into specific traditions/customs that I was largely unfamiliar with (and holidays I hadn't even heard of) I started skimming instead of reading thoroughly. Still, I doubt there is a more entertaining anthropological study out there, at least on this subject. Highly recommended for passive reading or research.
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