The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorIona Opie, Peter Opie

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This classic dictionary brings together over 500 nursery rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, lullabies, and rhyming alphabets traditionally handed on to young children. All the items have been arranged alphabetically, from `A was an apple-pie' to `Yankee Doodle came to town' and include suchfavourites as `A frog he would a-wooing go', `Baa, baa, black sheep', `Dance to your daddy', `Jack and Jill', and `Old Mother Hubbard'. With each item comes a unique set of historical and bibliographical notes that record the earliest known publication of each piece, describe the circumstances of its origin, illustrate changes in wording over time, and indicate variations and parallels in other languages. In a detailed andfascinating introduction, the editors describe the different types of rhyme, the earliest published collections, theories of origins, and such questions as whether or not individual rhymes originally portrayed real people and who was Mother Goose. Complementing the rhymes are nearly a hundred illustrations, including reproductions of early appearances in ballad sheets and music books, which show the development of nursery rhyme illustrations over the last two centuries. For this revised edition, the notes have been updated and extended in the light of recent scholarship, providing an unrivalled wealth of literary and bibliographical information. There is also a new essay on the singing tradition of nursery rhymes by Cecily Raysor Hancock, making The OxfordDictionary of Nursery Rhymes an indispensable source of reference for scholars and book collectors, and a volume to be treasured by parents and children alike. 'No reader's imagination could fail to be enriched by this book' - Sunday Times 'The classic on the subject' - Daily Telegraph

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A brand new edition of "the" classic anthology of nursery rhymes, "The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes" includes over 500 rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, and lullabies traditionally handed down to young children. With each piece Iona and Peter Opie introduce a wealth of information, noting its earliest known publication, origin, a...

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This classic dictionary brings together over 500 nursery rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, lullabies, and rhyming alphabets traditionally handed on to young children. All the items have been arranged alphabetically, from `A was an apple-pie' to `Yankee Doodle came to town' and include suchfavourites as `A frog he would a-wooing go', `...

Iona Opie is a leading authority on children's lore and literature. With her late husband, Peter, she wrote the pioneering study of children's culture, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, followed by its companions Children's Games in Street and Playground and The Singing Game. The Opies have also edited The Oxford Nursery Rhyme ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.5 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198600887

ISBN - 13:9780198600886

Appropriate for ages: Baby - 2

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Fan As a fan of poetry and rhymes this is an essential edition on my self.
Date published: 2016-11-29

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Table of Contents

Preface; Preface to the Revised Edition; Acknowledgements; List of Illustrations; Abbreviations; Introduction; Nursery Rhymes arranged A-Z; Index of Notable Figures Associated with Nursery Rhymes; Index of First Lines

From Our Editors

A brand new edition of "the" classic anthology of nursery rhymes, "The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes" includes over 500 rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, and lullabies traditionally handed down to young children. With each piece Iona and Peter Opie introduce a wealth of information, noting its earliest known publication, origin, and illustrating changes in wording over the years. 85 illustrations