Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 29, 2009 - Reference - 272 pages
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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.

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User Review  - waltzmn - LibraryThing

Get ready for a wild ride. Nursery rhymes often mean more than we realize, and there is an honorable tradition of collecting them and trying to figure out what they mean. Some of these books ... Read full review

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User Review  - Helen Fitchett - Goodreads

A bit monotonous in places. Also Albert Jack seemed to use a lot of guess work and assumptions Read full review

Contents

AN APPLE A DAY
AS I WAS GOING TO SAINT IVES
BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP
BESSY BELL AND MARY GRAY
THE BIG SHIP SAILS ON THE ALLYALLYOH
THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT
BOYS AND GIRLS COME OUT TO PLAY
THE CUTTY WREN
MARY MARY QUITE CONTRARY
MONDAYS CHILD
NEEDLES AND PINS
OLD KING COLE
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD
ORANGES AND LEMONS
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON

DING DONG BELL
DOCTOR FOSTER
ELSIE MARLEY
FLOUR OF ENGLAND
FOR WANT OF A NAIL
FRÈRE JACQUES
A FROG HE WOULD AWOOING GO
GEORGIE PORGIE
GOOD KING ARTHUR
GOOSIE GOOSIE GANDER
THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK
HARK HARK THE DOGS DO BARK
HECTOR PROTECTOR
HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
HICKORY DICKORY DOCK
HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY MY BLACK HEN
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
HUMPTY DUMPTY
I HAD A LITTLE NUT TREE
IN MARBLE WALLS AS WHITE AS MILK
JACK AND JILL
JACK BE NIMBLE
JACK SPRAT
LADYBIRD LADYBIRD
THE LION AND THE UNICORN
LITTLE BO PEEP
LITTLE BOY BLUE
LITTLE JACK HORNER
LITTLE MISS MUFFET
LITTLE POLLY FLINDERS
LITTLE TOMMY TUCKER
LONDON BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN
LONDONS BURNING
LUCY LOCKET
THE MAN IN THE MOON
THE MAN OF THESSALY
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
POOR OLD ROBINSON CRUSOE
POP GOES THE WEASEL
PUNCH AND JUDY
PUSSY CAT PUSSY CAT
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
RAIN RAIN GO AWAY
RED SKY AT NIGHT
RIDE A COCK HORSE TO BANBURY CROSS
RINGARING O ROSES
ROCKABYE BABY
RUBADUBDUB
SEESAW MARGERY DAW
SIMPLE SIMON
SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE
SOLOMON GRUNDY
TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN
THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE
THREE ACRES OF LAND
THREE BLIND MICE
TOM TOM THE PIPERS SON
TWEEDLEDUM AND TWEEDLEDEE
TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
WEE WILLIE WINKIE
WHAT ARE LITTLE BOYS MADE OF?
WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN?
AMAZING GRACE
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
GOOD KING WENCESLAS
THE HOKEY POKEY
I SAW THREE SHIPS
JERUSALEM
THE MILLER OF DEE
THE SKYE BOAT SONG
THE STARSPANGLED BANNER
SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
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About the author (2009)

Albert Jack’s Red Herrings and White Elephants was a huge international hit and was on the bestsellers list for sixteen months. His second, Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep was another success: selling over 70,000 copies. He is also the author of That's Bollocks! (all the strangest, sickest, funniest and most unforgettable urban legends as told in Jack's inimitable style) and Albert Jack's Ten-Minute Mysteries.

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