Betsy's Reviews > I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book

I Saw Esau by Iona Opie
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Mar 22, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens, poetry

Can you go wrong with this group at work? The Opies AND Sendak?

This collection of sing songy rhymes and ditties is fascinating on many levels. I started chanting right along with many of them, instantly transported back to the playground at my elementary school. I remember thinking some of these were "new" ("Early in the morning in the middle of the night...."), but lo and behold--they've been around for centuries! These might not all be rhymes you wish to teach your children, but most children will learn many of them on their own. I think grown-ups will enjoy this collection more than most children.

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