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Opie, Iona 1923-2017

Works: 183 works in 1,054 publications in 6 languages and 43,275 library holdings
Genres: Nursery rhymes  Poetry  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Folklore  Dictionaries  Picture books  Fairy tales  History  Reference works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Contributor, Compiler, Director
Classifications: PN6110.C4, 398.8
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Most widely held works by Iona Opie
The Oxford dictionary of nursery rhymes by Iona Opie( Book )

128 editions published between 1951 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 4,711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic dictionary brings together over 500 nursery rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, lullabies, and rhyming alphabets traditionally handed on to young children. All the items have been arranged alphabetically, from `A was an apple-pie' to `Yankee Doodle came to town' and include such favourites as `A frog he would a-wooing go', `Baa, baa, black sheep', `Dance to your daddy', `Jack and Jill', and `Old Mother Hubbard'. With each item comes a unique set of historical and bibliographical notes that record the earliest known publication of each piece, describe the circumstances of its origin, illustrate changes in wording over time, and indicate variations and parallels in other languages. In a detailed and fascinating introduction, the editors describe the different types of rhyme, the earliest published collections, theories of origins, and such questions as whether or not individual rhymes originally portrayed real people and who was Mother Goose. Complementing the rhymes are nearly a hundred illustrations, including reproductions of early appearances in ballad sheets and music books, which show the development of nursery rhyme illustrations over the last two centuries. For this revised edition, the notes have been updated and extended in the light of recent scholarship, providing an unrivalled wealth of literary and bibliographical information. There is also a new essay on the singing tradition of nursery rhymes by Cecily Raysor Hancock, making The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes an indispensable source of reference for scholars and book collectors, and a volume to be treasured by parents and children alike
My very first Mother Goose by Iona Opie( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of more than sixty nursery rhymes including "Hey Diddle, Diddle," "Pat-a-Cake, " "Little Jack Horner, " and "Pussycat, Pussycat."
The classic fairy tales by Iona Opie( Book )

46 editions published between 1974 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 2,886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the texts of twenty-four well-known fairy tales as they were first printed in English and summarizes the history of each title, especially from the textual point of view
The Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Iona Opie( Book )

53 editions published between 1973 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronologically arranged anthology of 332 selections spanning five hundred years of American and British poetry, from Chaucer to Ogden Nash
A Dictionary of superstitions by Iona Opie( Book )

69 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and Dutch and held by 2,485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is it good or bad luck to mention a pig to a fisherman? What does it portend when you break a double-yolked egg? How many frogs do you need to cure whooping cough? Ranging from the familiar to the bizarre, and including everything from spells and omens to rituals and taboos, this delightfully informative dictionary covers a wide array of popular superstitions, touching on virtually every aspect of human culture. They embrace family life and the lore offarmers, sailors, miners, and actors; offer advice on the signs to observe when contemplating a journey or a marriage; reveal the significance of animals, plants, stones, colors, food and drink, the elements, and heavenly bodies; and outline the precautions to be taken after a death in the house orduring a thunderstorm. Each entry is arranged alphabetically according to its central idea or object, and illustrated with a selection of chronologically ordered quotations that indicate the history and development of each belief. Superstitions have never before been treated in such depth or on such a scale. An entertaining volume for anyone curious about the beliefs of the past, A Dictionary of Superstitions also makes a valuable contribution to the study of folklore, providing the first systematic account of beliefs that form an integral part of our social life
The lore and language of schoolchildren by Iona Opie( Book )

106 editions published between 1954 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the customs, rites, superstitions, omens, beliefs, rhymes, chants, riddles, and similar lore and language of children in the British Isles
The Oxford nursery rhyme book by Iona Opie( Book )

82 editions published between 1951 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"800 rhymes. 600 illustrations."
The Oxford book of narrative verse by Iona Opie( Book )

26 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and held by 1,947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of fifty-nine poems spans six hundred years of literary tradition, from Chaucer to Auden, and includes such selections as Pope's "Rape of the Lock" and Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner."
I saw Esau : the schoolchild's pocket book by Iona Opie( Book )

29 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 1,915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of rhymes and riddles traditionally passed on orally from child to child
Here comes Mother Goose by Iona Opie( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 1,903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents more than sixty traditional nursery rhymes, including "Old Mother Hubbard," "I'm a Little Teapot," and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," accompanied by illustrations of various animals
Children's games in street and playground. Chasing, catching, seeking, hunting, racing, duelling, exerting, daring, guessing, acting, pretending by Iona Opie( Book )

63 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps this book should come with a warning to parents: within these pages, children deliberately scare each other, ritually hurt each other, take foolish risks, promote fights, and play ten against one. And yet throughout, they consistently observe their own sense of fair play. 'During the past fifty years, shelf-loads of books have been written instructing children in the games they ought to play - and some even instructing adults on how to instruct children in the games they ought to play - but few attempts have been made to record the games children in fact play.' This was Iona and Peter Opie's pertinent observation in 1969, and it was this gap that they sought to fill with their exhaustive survey, through the 1960s, of the games that children 'in fact play' aged roughly between six and twelve years of age, and when outdoors - and usually out of sight. The Opies weren't interested in formal games and sports supervised by parents or teachers. What excited them were the rough-and-tumble games for which, as one child described, 'nothing is needed but the players themselves. 'They were also anxious that, in their meticulous recording of the games, the spirit of the play, the zest, variety and disorderliness, should not be lost. The result was their classic work Children's Games in Street and Playground . To aid a clear and lively presentation of their remarkable study, the original single book has been divided into two. Both volumes record games played in the street, park, playground and wasteland of more than 10,000 children from the Shetland Isles to the Channel Islands, although the majority of the information comes from children living in big cities such as London, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow. This first volume focuses on starting a game, and games involving chasing, catching and seeking, and includes favourites such as The Dreaded Lurgi, What's the Time Mr Wolf, Stuck in the Mud, and British Bulldog, as well as around 40 other games. Each game is described in detail and gives the rhymes and saying children repeat while play them, together with the different names under which they are played. Brief historical notes are also included where relevant. The children of the 1960s, the Opies noted, are often thought 'to be incapable of self-organization, and to have become addicted to spectator amusements. ' to the extent that adults must be relied on to provide play materials, ideas and time to play with them. The same attitudes are still widespread today with our concerns about television and computer games, and the middle-class parental impulse to fill our children's days with organised classes and play dates. 'However much children may need looking after, they are also people going about their own business within their own society.' There are important lessons to be learned from this book about giving children the time and physical space to be themselves with other children
Tail feathers from Mother Goose : the Opie rhyme book by Iona Opie( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and Japanese and held by 1,426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated collection of traditional verses, most of which have never been published before
Humpty Dumpty and other rhymes by Iona Opie( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight favorite Mother Goose rhymes that are sure to delight
A nursery companion by Iona Opie( Book )

12 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents reproductions of a variety of early 19th-century children's books including rhymed alphabets, nursery rhymes, a pictorial grammar, limericks, and nonsense rhymes
The singing game by Iona Opie( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the histories of singing games such as ring a ring o' roses, oranges and lemons and others, and is an exposition both of the workings of folklore, and of the perennial ways of young children when left to play on their own. Each of the 150 games is described in historical detail
The little dog laughed by Lucy Cousins( Book )

2 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of nursery rhymes, including "Ride a Cock Horse," "Jack and Jill, " "Old King Cole, " and "Wee Willie Winkie."
Mother Goose's little treasures by Iona Opie( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of nursery rhymes featuring such little-known characters as the wee melodie man and Handy Spandy, Mrs. Whirly and little bonny Button-cap
The people in the playground by Iona Opie( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For nearly forty years Iona Opie worked with her late husband Peter on a notable series of books on the traditional lore of childhood. As part of the fieldwork from 1970 onwards, she visited the local school playground every week. The children accepted Mrs Opie as a regular feature of the playground, a harmless collector of jokes and games. Her aim, however, was to provide the living context of school-lore, rather than the lore itself. She achieved this by writing down events exactly as they happened, and conversations exactly as they were spoken. The result is a startlingly honest portrait of children at play, at once charming and hilarious, alarming and poignant, and full of infectious vitality. We see the games seasons as they come and go, watch ephemeral amusements being devised and forgotten, and see how school-lore evolves and is transmitted. Much fundamental human behaviour is recorded: the differences in attitudes between the sexes; the boys' irrevocable devotion to fighting and football, and their innate kindness; the art of story-telling; the friendships and enmities; the excited interest in sex; the diversity of characters; and, above all, the hilarity which pervades the playground, creating entertainment out of trivialities. In the uninhibited language and astonishing inventiveness chronicled in these pages we recognize the games and jokes of previous generations; at once a revelation and a reassurance of continuity, this book offers a unique insight into the world of the child
Little boy blue and other rhymes by Iona Opie( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight classic nursery rhymes are retold with colorful illustrations, including Little boy blue, Dickory, dickory dock, There was a crooked man, Baa Baa black sheep, and others
Bibliophile in the nursery : a bookman's treasury of collectors' lore on old and rare children's books by William Targ( Book )

1 edition published in 1957 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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My very first Mother Goose
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Archibald, Iona 1923-

Archibald, Iona Margaret Balfour

Archibald Iona Margaret Balfour 1923-2017

Archibald, Iona Opie

Iona Archibald Opie

Opie, Iona.

Opie, Iona 1923-

Opie, Iona A. 1923-

Opie, Iona Archibald.

Opie, Iona Archibald 1923-

Opie Iona Archibald 1923-2017

Айона Опи английская исследовательница-фольклористка

オウピー, アイオウナ マーガレット

オーピー, アイオーナ

My very first Mother GooseThe classic fairy talesThe Oxford Book of Children's VerseA Dictionary of superstitionsThe lore and language of schoolchildrenThe Oxford nursery rhyme bookThe Oxford book of narrative verseI saw Esau : the schoolchild's pocket book