Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

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Penguin UK, Aug 28, 2008 - Humor - 320 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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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

Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

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Jack (Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Every Day) offers possible origins of a slew of nursery rhymes (organized alphabetically by the common name of the rhyme ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Bessy Bell and Mary Gray
The Cutty Wren
Frère Jacques
Copyright

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When not engaged in research, Albert Jack lives somewhere between Guildford and Cape Town, where he divides his time between fast living and slow horses, neat vodka and untidy pubs.

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