Synopses & Reviews
Here is a brand new edition of the
classic anthology of nursery rhymes--over 500 rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, and lullabies traditionally handed down to young children. Included are all of your favorites, ranging from "Yankee Doodle Came to Town" and "A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go" to "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," Jack and Jill" and "Old Mother Hubbard." And complementing the rhymes are nearly a hundred illustrations, including reproductions of early art found in ballad sheets and music books, which highlight the development of children's illustrations over the last two centuries.
With each piece, Iona and Peter Opie introduced a wealth of information, noting the earliest known publications of the rhyme, describing how it originated, illustrating changes in wording over time, and indicating variations and parallels in other languages. Moreover, in the general introduction, the Opies discuss the different types of rhyme and the earliest published collections, and they address such questions as who was Mother Goose and whether or not individual rhymes originally portrayed real people. For this second edition, the notes have been updated and extended in light of recent scholarship, providing an unrivaled wealth of literary and bibliographic information.
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes is now more than ever an indispensable reference source for scholars and book collectors as well as a volume to be treasured by parents and children alike.
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.
About the Author
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
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