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The People in the Playground y First edition Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0198112655
ISBN-10: 0198112653
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From Publishers Weekly

Opie eavesdropped on the morning playtime of British schoolchildren, jotting down their playground conversations, punchy rhymes, games, fights and sexual and scatological stories and jokes. Covering the period from 1978 to 1980, this record of her fieldwork attests to the longevity of children's lore, showing how it is transmitted from child to child. Coauthor or editor with her late husband Peter of such books as The Singing Game and The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book , she draws on her playground observations to support her conviction that "innate" and "ineradicable" differences exist between the sexes. Boys, she asserts, are more egotistical, competitive, aggressive and daring than girls, whereas girls are more helpful and patient and take far more interest in people than do boys. This interesting log reveals play to be an avenue of escape from childhood's pervasive fears and anxieties.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Folklorist Opie has already analyzed the life of children at play in three previous books, Children's Games in Street and Playground ( LJ 1/15/70), The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1987), and The Singing Game ( LJ 5/1/85). For this latest, she took pen and notebook to a playground to record all the chatter, jokes, games, and goings-on during re cess. The result is a ribald, honest collection of anecdotes and stories by and about children (who call themselves "people") at play. American readers will be struck by the differences in language and usage and also in the games and ways kids pass the time. Interest in food is second only to sexual jokes and innuendos, which fill every chapter. Opie spent several years at the playground to make observations and enjoy the mystery of "people" at play. Recommended for collections serving social historians and folklorists.
- Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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