Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

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by Albert Jack, Lara Carlini
     
 

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From the international bestselling author of Red Herrings and White Elephants—a curious guide to the hidden histories of classic nursery rhymes.

Who was Mary Quite Contrary, or Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astronomy lesson? Do Jack and Jill actually represent the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette?

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Overview

From the international bestselling author of Red Herrings and White Elephants—a curious guide to the hidden histories of classic nursery rhymes.

Who was Mary Quite Contrary, or Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astronomy lesson? Do Jack and Jill actually represent the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette? And if Ring Around the Rosie isn’t about the plague, then what is it really about?

This book is a quirky, curious, and sometimes sordid look at the truth behind popular nursery rhymes that uncovers the strange tales that inspired them—from Viking raids to political insurrection to smuggling slaves to freedom.

Read Albert Jack's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399535550
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
918,220
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Meet the Author

Albert Jack’s Red Herrings and White Elephants was a huge international hit and was on the bestsellers list for sixteen months. His second, Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep was another success: selling over 70,000 copies. He is also the author of That's Bollocks! (all the strangest, sickest, funniest and most unforgettable urban legends as told in Jack's inimitable style) and Albert Jack's Ten-Minute Mysteries.

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Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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I havent even bought this but I know this will give a kid nightmares. SPOILER I HAVENT READ IT BUT HERES ONE I KKNOW THATS PROBALy in tje book Ashes ashes we all fall down! THTS ABOUT TH BLACK DEATH THEY BURNED DEAD PEOPLE TO ASHES WE ALL FALL DOWN MEANS WE ALL DIE CAUSE THE BLACK DEATH IS DAISEASE HATS GONE NOW DO WORRY KIDS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You never no when you are reading a porno to your kid(s) becuz you never really now what they mean becuz i dont want my brothers to get the wrong idea raping or beating up a kid beciz thee author was writing about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!think about your brothers or sisters or kid(s)to get thr idea to kill someone or robe a bank or somethin like that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed in the entire book.