Children's Games with Things: Marbles, Fivestones, Throwing and Catching, Gambling, Hopscotch, Chucking and Pitching, Ball-Bouncing, Skipping, Tops and Tipcat

Children's Games with Things: Marbles, Fivestones, Throwing and Catching, Gambling, Hopscotch, Chucking and Pitching, Ball-Bouncing, Skipping, Tops and Tipcat

by Iona Archibald Opie, Peter Opie
     
 

Iona Opie and the late Peter Opie have devoted their lives to the study of children. Now comes the final volume of their acclaimed trilogy on children's games. Together with Children's Games in Street & Playground (1969) and The Singing Game (1985), this volume completes the most comprehensive study this century.
Based on thirty years of research, this

Overview

Iona Opie and the late Peter Opie have devoted their lives to the study of children. Now comes the final volume of their acclaimed trilogy on children's games. Together with Children's Games in Street & Playground (1969) and The Singing Game (1985), this volume completes the most comprehensive study this century.
Based on thirty years of research, this intriguing volume focuses on games that use equipment of one kind or another—marbles, jump rope, balls—describing in colorful detail the objects used, the rules of play, and the accompanying rhymes and chants. The Opies examine the history of the games from their earliest appearance and they consider the wider social context, tracing the varying attitudes towards them over the past three hundred years, from pedagogical disapproval, to legal suppression, to the sentimental nostalgia of the present.
Here then is the world of play, the imaginary space into which our young ones escape each day. Children's Games With Things is an evocation of this imaginary world as well as a reminder of our own past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192159632
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/23/1998
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Iona Opie is a leading authority on children at play. With her late husband Peter, she has compiled such renowned collections as The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, Classic Fairy Tales, and The Oxford Book of Children's Verse. She lives in Great Britain.

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