Child's Play: Dorothy Howard and the Folklore of Australian Children

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Kate Darian-Smith, June Factor
Museum Victoria, 2005 - Art - 231 pages
Dorothy Howard first documented the play of Australian children in the mid 1950s. Her remarkable finds are detailed here. Humorous and perceptive, she provides a radical perspective on the interaction between a society's economic structure, social mores and ideology. She explores children's traditionalism, inventiveness, their mimicry and subversive mockery. Accompanied by essays from well-known Australians June Factor, Kate Darian Smith and Brian Sutton-Smith.

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About the author (2005)

June Factor was born in Poland and grew up in Australia, where she has been writing books and articles for a long time. She has a special interest in what children do when they are playing. ThatAEs why she has collected many of the rhymes, riddles, jokes and sayings that children use in their play and friendships. As everyone was once a child, this oral literature belongs to us all, but especially to children whose pleasure it is to play with words and ideas.

Mic Looby was born, after years of non-existence, in 1969 in Windsor, New South Wales. After doodling his way through school in Canberra and Melbourne, he accidentally earned a degree in journalism and went on to work as newspaper writer/ cartoonist/ illustrator in Australia and Hong Kong. Now he is a writer, editor and freelance illustrator.

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