Golden City: Scottish Children's Street Games & Songs

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Mercat Press, 1965 - Children - 182 pages
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James Ritchie was a young schoolteacher in Edinburgh before the Second World War when one day he found out that a science lesson was going poorly. 'What do you like doing?' he asked his class. They replied at once that they liked playing games. This book is wholly based on the author's acute observations of Edinburgh children at play. However, these games don't just belong to Edinburgh, or even Scotland. They are a universal representation of childhood, recognised by adults and children everywhere.

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User Review  - OldHack - LibraryThing

Delightful book. But its detailed coverage of Peevers omits the standard, cruciform design common in Leith in the Forties. And his "One-two-three a-leerie" misses the version: "I saw Wallace Beery sitting on his bumaleerie kissin' Shirley Temple" Read full review


Choosing Sides and Countingout Rhymes
Bools Peeries Knifie and Suchlike
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Dr James Ritchie (1908 - 1998) was born in Edinburgh and taught for over thirty years at Norton Park School. His collection of children's games adn rhymes formed the basis of a radio programme, The Singing Street, and later the film and the book of the same name. He was also a published poet and a noted collector of Scottish art.

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