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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics; Reprint edition (Aug. 31 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940322692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940322691
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Iona and the late Peter Opie wrote numerous books about children, including Children's Games in Street and Playground, The Singing Game, and A Nursery Companion.
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THE scraps of lore which children learn from each other are at once more real, more immediately serviceable, and more vastly entertaining to them than anything which they learn from grown-ups. Read the first page
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By "brianmclean" on Sept. 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 supstertions and spells. fascinating reading.
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Rhymes and reasons Sept. 21 2003
By "brianmclean" - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Anthropology of a world like ours (but not quite) Oct. 14 2003
By Jay Dickson - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Four Stars Aug. 15 2014
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
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a classic piece of original research, very entertainingly written.
Five Stars May 19 2015
By R. Davies - Published on Amazon.com
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As described - thanks.
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For some reason I thought it would be the lore ... Dec 7 2014
By Tom Connor - Published on Amazon.com
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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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