Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

Author(s): Albert Jack

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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? This 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. 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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An irresistible treasure-trove ... The way these gossipy little rhymes give us a snapshot of everyday life in centuries gone by is enchanting. You'll never look at nursery rhymes again in the same way Daily Mirror The history behind nursery rhymes is not only highly specific but often splendidly grim. This book is a reminder of the riches below the surface: characters, jokes, events and stories The Times

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780141030982
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.244
  • : September 2010
  • : 198mm X 132mm X 19mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Albert Jack
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 398.8
  • : 320
  • : 40 b/w illustrations