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The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book

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The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book contains 800 nursery rhymes and ditties which are the heritage of our oral tradition. All the well-known rhymes are included as well as many rare ones. Special sections are devoted to lullabies and dandling rhymes, toe rhymes, catches, charms, traditional street cries, riddle verses, nursery maxims, and humorous ballads.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 31st 1964 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Allie Monahan
Title: The Oxford Nursery Ryhme Book
Author: Iona Opie, Peter Opie
Genre: Nursery rhyme
Theme(s): Classic nursery rhymes
Opening line/sentence:
Monday’s child is fair of face
Tuesday’s child is full of grace
Brief Book Summary:
This book contains many classic, adored rhymes--over 800 traditionally handed down and loved among many young children. Included are "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." The rhyme
Susan Soohoo
Oct 11, 2016 Susan Soohoo rated it liked it
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
My Review:
1. This book had received no awards.
2. This book is suitable for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
3. This book is a collection of over 500 nursery rhymes. It contains many rare rhymes while also containing many well known rhymes as well. There are rhymes in the book are divided into separate categories as well.
4. I enjoy this book because it has an extremely wide selection of rhymes. However, at times, I believe that there may be too many rhymes in one book and I would find it diffic
Adalira Morningstar
I have to admit, I checked this one out for one reason - some nursery rhymes are creepy as hell and they make great inspiration for us hopeful horror writers. Take for instance the people responsible for Dead Space, they've figured this out and it's now why an entire generation of gamers are terrified of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Also, I was kind of excited the see some rhymes I knew as a kid and compared how they've evolved. Take for instance the classic "here's the church, here's the steepl
Mar 31, 2011 Keith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There are, no doubt, many collections of nursery rhymes, and I have to admit this is the only one I've read. Not every rhyme is "amazing" -- in fact, most of them may not be. Many are mundane, but many others have the unexpected playfulness and dark humor of classic nonsense, and those treasures, located throughout this book, make it one of the most pleasurable books I've ever read. Every time I pick it up, I end up sitting down to read it through to the end.

"Here comes the candle to light you
Feb 05, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Did I read every single rhyme in this volume? NO. But I read enough to see all sorts of variations on traditional rhymes that we've all known for years and they are quirky and odd, not surprisingly.
Mrs Bond
Mar 12, 2009 Mrs Bond rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore, poetry
Thorough collection of nursery rhymes (800 according to the Preface). Woodcut illustrations scattered throughout. Index to first lines.
Les Wilson
Jan 21, 2015 Les Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
First read this book when I bought a copy in 1955, and still find it an interesting and informative read.
Jul 12, 2009 Meredith rated it really liked it
the social history revealed by these simple childrens' rhymes always makes my head spin. Some are so brutal!
Moriah Howard
Jan 26, 2016 Moriah Howard rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
Great book full of nursery rhymes! A nice book for poetry and rhyme ideas.
Aug 19, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Very interesting some I remembered if only in part others only heard of & some not at all.
Very well compiled.
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Iona Archibald Opie is a folklorist of children's literature and verse.
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