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Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

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From the international bestselling author of Red Herrings and White Elephants—a curious guide to the hidden histories of classic nursery rhymes.

Who was Mary Quite Contrary, or Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astronomy lesson? Do Jack and Jill actually represent the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette? And if Ring Around the Rosie isn’t about the plague, then what is it really about?

This book is a quirky, curious, and sometimes sordid look at the truth behind popular nursery rhymes that uncovers the strange tales that inspired them—from Viking raids to political insurrection to smuggling slaves to freedom.

Read Albert Jack's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Synopsis:

Have you heard the one about…

• Walt Disneys frozen body?

• Coca-Cola owning Santa Claus?

• Alligators living in New York City sewers?

We all love a good story. But where do the urban legends, conspiracy theories, and old wives tales we hear every day really originate? Albert Jack explores the best, strangest, and funniest of the tales so many of us take as gospel, and uncovers some eye-popping true stories that are even more far-fetched than their mythical counterparts. From Robin Hood to JFKs brain, from hamsters under carpets to mysterious travelers, youll never be short of a scary or bizarre anecdote again.

About the Author

Albert Jack is a writer and researcher.,

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399535550
Author:
Jack, Albert
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Illustrator:
Carlini, Lara
Subject:
Word Lists
Subject:
Nursery rhymes, English.
Subject:
Nursery rhymes, English - Sources
Subject:
Children's Literature - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
General Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.18x4.28x.56 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Have you heard the one about…

• Walt Disneys frozen body?

• Coca-Cola owning Santa Claus?

• Alligators living in New York City sewers?

We all love a good story. But where do the urban legends, conspiracy theories, and old wives tales we hear every day really originate? Albert Jack explores the best, strangest, and funniest of the tales so many of us take as gospel, and uncovers some eye-popping true stories that are even more far-fetched than their mythical counterparts. From Robin Hood to JFKs brain, from hamsters under carpets to mysterious travelers, youll never be short of a scary or bizarre anecdote again.

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