Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes
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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Review: Pop Goes The Weasel: The Secret Meanings Of Nursery RhymesUser Review - Bree - Goodreads
Somewhat Interesting, but filled with a ton of British nursery rhymes I'd never heard of before. Also the author makes it clear that there is no way to know for sure the meaning of any of these rhymes - he just gives possibilities and tells you which is his favorite. Read full review
Review: Pop Goes The Weasel: The Secret Meanings Of Nursery RhymesUser Review - Lindsay Goto - Goodreads
While it's cute, it's not a book that I could read in one sitting. There's a lot of information being thrown around in a somewhat encyclopedic manner. Still, it was entertaining. Read full review
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