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One Potato, Two Potato: The Folklore of American Children
The purpose of this book is to show how children use their traditional lore to cope with the stresses of their lives and to learn what it means to be a member of a human society. The subjects ages ranged from grade-school children through college freshman, located in forty-three states, the Virgin Islands, the Canal Zone, and American military bases abroad. The materials i ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 17th 1978 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published April 1st 1976)
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Another great read about the games children play--and how old they are and how they've changed over time. Lots of examples of the variations, as well as the meanings behind some of the games. Brought back a lot of memories. Also, they commented frequently on how some of these games and traditions are fading due to television and over scheduled children--and the book was published in 1978. An updated edition would be fascinating (though it doesn't appear that that has happened).