A fascinating and entertaining expose of the surprising stories behind well-known nursery rhymes. Was Little Jack Horner a squatter? Baa Baa Black Sheep a bleat about taxation? Is Jack and Jill about loss of virginity? And Goosie Goosie Gander about prostitution? This ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of the most innocuous-sounding ...Read MoreA fascinating and entertaining expose of the surprising stories behind well-known nursery rhymes. Was Little Jack Horner a squatter? Baa Baa Black Sheep a bleat about taxation? Is Jack and Jill about loss of virginity? And Goosie Goosie Gander about prostitution? This ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of the most innocuous-sounding nursery rhymes, exposing a seething and subversive mass of sexual innuendo, religious hatred, financial hardship and political rebellion. It contains a multitude of the kind of surprising nuggets you want to pass on to your friends. It makes us look afresh at the words we parroted innocently as children, and provides an accessible lesson in British history along the way. Each rhyme (and an additional chapter on sex and relationships in nursery rhymes) is illustrated by a contemporary artist, varying in style from the traditional to the modern and bringing a whole new dimension to the reasons behind the rhyme. This new edition includes 10 new rhymes First published in October 2003 by the author (ISBN 0954482808), overnight success followed after an appearance on Richard and Judy.Read Less
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As children we all listened to the delightful Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. But as adults some of us learned that it might just be possible that the citizenry were simply using nursery rhymes to convey the current gossip in a manner that would avoid the executioner?s axe in jolly Old England. The author of this tome, Chris Roberts, is pure Brit and brings to the reader those niceties of language that we expect from the British. His book reveals the reasons behind the rhymes in a succinct manner, which allows the reader to grasp each rhyme individually. Thus, you can read one or more rhymes or gulp the whole book at once ? its size being convenient for a lady?s purse or a gentleman?s sport jacket pocket. Fortunately, Roberts also provides a glossary of terms used in both the rhymes and his analysis, which an American reader might not be familiar with. But a word of caution is appropriate here. While the nursery rhymes are for the ears of all ages, some of the explanations of their reasons are perforce for adults only. This is an entertaining book, which definitely proves that the Americans and British are a people divided by a common language.
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