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The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book by Iona Opie
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Oct 18, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from March 31 to April 06, 2011

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 to bed,
Here comes the chopper to chop off your head."

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