Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

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Penguin Adult, Aug 28, 2008 - Humor - 292 pages
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Mr Jack has been nimble and he s been quick, searching through the history of nursery rhymes and he s found out all kind of plum tales, just like little Jack Horner. He's unearthed the answers to some very curious questions...

Who were Mary Quite Contrary and Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astronomy lesson? And if Ring a Ring a Roses isn t about catching the plague, then, what is it really about?

The ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of the nursery rhymes and songs we all know so well and discovers all kinds of strange tales ranging from Viking raids to firewalking and from political rebellion to slaves being smuggled to freedom.

Children have always played at being grown up and all kinds of episodes in our history are still being re-enacted today in a series of dark games (Oranges and Lemons traces a condemned man s journey across London to his execution, Goosie Gander is about dragging a hidden Catholic priest to prison) And there are many many more

Full of vivid illustrations and with each verse reproduced, here are a multitude of surprising stories you won t be able to resist passing on to everyone you know. Your childhood songs and rhymes will never sound the same again.

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Review: Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings Of Nursery Rhymes

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Very interesting, but written by a Brit, so some of the lyrics & rhymes are different from what we say in the US. It would be interesting for him to look at how things change when they cross the pond (he does this with a few things, like Yankee Doodle, but not enough.) Read full review

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About the author (2008)

David Dyergrew up in a coastal town in NSW, Australia, and graduated as dux of his high school in 1984. After commencing a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney, he soon decided it was not for him.

David went on to train as a ship's officer at the Australian Maritime College, travelling Australia and the world in a wide range of merchant ships. He graduated from the college with distinction and was awarded a number of prizes, including the Company of Master Mariners Award for highest overall achievement in the course. He then returned to the University of Sydney to complete a combined degree in Arts and Law. David was awarded the Frank Albert Prize for first place in Music I, High Distinctions in all English courses and First Class Honours in Law. From the mid-1990s until early 2000s David worked as a litigation lawyer in Sydney, and then in London at a legal practice whose parent firm represented the Titanic's owners back in 1912. In 2002 David returned to Australia and obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of New England, and commenced teaching English at Kambala, a school for girls in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

David has had a life-long obsession with the Titanic and has become an expert on the subject. In 2009 he was awarded a Commonwealth Government scholarship to write The Midni

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