Games and Songs of American Children

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Pioneer study of American children's games collected by author throughout eastern half of U.S. at turn of the century. 190 games and play situations, full song texts, many melodies, comparison with similar material from other cultures. Entertaining, basic book in the field.
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Pioneer study of American children's games collected by author throughout eastern half of U.S. at turn of the century. 190 games and play situations, full song texts, many melodies, comparison with similar material from other cultures. Entertaining, basic book in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806313511
  • Publisher: Clearfield Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

I. The Diffusion and Origin of American Game-rhymes
II. "The Ballad, the Dance, and the Game"
III. May-games
IV. The Inventiveness of Children
V. The Conservatism of Children
  I. Love-Games
    1. Knights of Spain
    2. Three Kings
    3. Here Comes a Duke
    4. "Tread, Tread the Green Grass"
    5. I will Give You a Paper of Pins
    6. "There She Stands, a Lovely Creature"
    7. "Green Grow the Rushes, O!"
    8. The Widow with Daughters to Marry
    9. Philander's March
    10. Marriage
  II. Histories
    11. Miss Jennia Jones
    12. "Down She Comes, as White as Milk"
    13. Little Sally Waters
    14. Here Sits the Queen of England
    15. Green Gravel
    16. Uncle John
    17. King Arthur was King William's Son
    18. Little Harry Hughes and the Duke's Daughter
    19. Barbara Allen
  III. Playing at Work
    20. Virginia Reel
    21. "Oats, Pease, Beans, and Barley Grows"
    22. Who'll be the Binder?
    23. As We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
    24. "Do, do, Pity my Case"
    25. When I was a Shoemaker
    26. Here we Come Gathering Nuts of May
    27. Here I Brew and Here I Bake
    28. Draw a Bucket of Water
    29. Threading the Needle
  IV. Humor and Satire
    30. "Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me?"
    31. Quaker Courtship
    32. Lazy Mary
    33. "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle"
    34. There were Three Jolly Welshmen
    35. A Halloween's Rhyme
    36. The Doctor's Prescription
    37. Old Grimes
    38. The Baptist Game
    39. "Trials, Troubles, and Tribulations"
    40. Happy is the Miller
    41. The Miller of Gosport
  V. "Flower Oracles, Etc."
    42. Flower Oracles
    43. Use of Flowers in Games
    44. Counting Apple-seeds
    45. Rose in the Garden
    46. There was a Tree Stood in the Ground
    47. Green!
  VI. Bird and Beast
    48. My Household
    49. Frog-pond
    50. Bloody Tom
    51. Blue-birds and Yellow-birds
    52. Ducks Fly
  VII. Human Life
    53. King and Queen
    54. Follow your Leader
    55. Truth
    56. Initiation
    57. Judge and Jury
    58. Three Jolly Sailors
    59. Marching to Quebec
    60. Sudden Departure
    61. Scorn
  VIII. The Pleasures of Motion
    62. Ring Around the Rosie
    63. Go Round and Round the Valley
    64. The Farmer in the Dell
    65. The Game of Rivers
    66. "Quaker, How is Thee?"
    67. Darby Jig
    68. Right Elbow In
    69. My Master Sent Me
    70. Humpty Dumpty
    71. Pease Porridge Hot
    72. Rhymes for a Race
    73. Twine the Garland
    74. Hopping-dance
  IX. Mirth and Jest
    75. Club Fist
    76. Robin's Alive
    77. Laughter Games
    78. Bachelor's Kitchen
    79. The Church and the Steeple
    80. What Color?
    81. Beetle and Wedge
    82. Present and Advise
    83. Genteel Lady
    84. "Beast, Bird, or Fish"
    85. Wheel of Fortune
    86. Catches
    87. Intery Mintery
    88. Redeeming Forfeits
    89. Old Mother Tipsy-toe
    90. Who Stole the Cardinal's Hat?
  X. Guessing-Games
    91. Odd or Even
    92. Hul Gul
    93. How Many Fingers?
    94. Right or Left
    95. Under which Finger?
    96. "Comes, it Comes"
    97. Hold Fast My Gold Ring
    98. My Lady Queen Anne
    99. The Wandering Dollar
    100. Thimble in Sight
  XI. Games of Chase
    101. How Many Miles to Babylon?
    102. Hawk and Chickens
    103. Tag
    104. Den
    105. I Spy
    106. Sheep and Wolf
    107. Blank and Ladder
    108. Blind-man's Buff
    109. Witch in the Jar
    110. Prisoner's Base
    111. Defence of the Castle
    112. Lil Lil
    113. Charley Barley
    114. Milking-pails
    115. Stealing Grapes
    116. Stealing Sticks
    117. Hunt the Squirrel
  XII. Certain Games of Very Little Girls
    118. Sail the Ship
    119. Three Around
    120. Iron Gates
    121. Charley Over the Water
    122. Frog in the Sea
    123. Defiance
    124. My Lady's Wardrobe
    125. Housekeeping
    126. A March
    127. Rhymes for Tickling
  XIII. "Ball, and Similar Sports"
    128. "The "Times" of Sports"
    129. Camping the Ball
    130. Hand-ball
    131. Stool-ball
    132. Call-ball
    133. Haley-over
    134. School-ball
    135. Wicket
    136. Hockey
    137. Roll-ball
    138. Hat-ball
    139. Corner-ball
    140. Base-ball
    141. Marbles
    142. Cat
    143. Cherry-pits
    144. Buttons
    145. Hop-Scotch
    146. Duck on a Rock
    147. Mumblety-peg
    148. Five-stones
  XIV. Rhymes for Counting Out
    149. Counting Rhymes
  XV. Mythology
    150. London Bridge
    151. Open the Gates
    152. Weighing
    153. Colors
    154. Old Witch
    155. The Ogree's Coop
    156. Tom Tidler's Ground
    157. Dixie's Land
    158. Ghost in the Cellar
    159. The Enchanted Princess
    160. The Sleeping Beauty
  XVI. Aftermath
    161. Tread the Green Grass
    162. Walking on the Green Grass
    163. Walking on the Levy
    164. Swine-herders
    165. Three Kings
    166. Knots of May
    167. Jail-keys
    168. Sailing at High Tide
    169. Green Grows the Willow-tree
    170. Marriage
    171. The Needle's Eye
    172. Green Gravel
    173. Under the Lily-white Daisies
    174. Miss Jenny Jones
    175. My Pretty Pink
    176. Quebec Town
    177. King William was King George's Son
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