Games and Songs of American Children

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Courier Corporation, 1963 M06 1 - 289 páginas
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Children's games are among the most interesting social phenomena. Their inventiveness and variety are overwhelming, and their durability is uncanny. Some children's games still current today were played when Rome was young. Minor details may change, the words of the jingles change, but the games remain basically the same from one generation to the next. Also, children's games reflect with great accuracy both current and past situations, providing a good index to the folkways of a certain time and place.
This book is the pioneer study in American children's games. It contains scores of games that the author collected throughout the eastern half of the United States around the turn of the century. It is the basic book in the field, for much of the material has disappeared since Newell collected it. Of course this book can never be superseded, since this particular moment in time is gone and cannot be retrieved.
Newell, who was one of America's foremost folklorists, has described the procedure of the games, and quoted collected texts of the songs in full, with the music for them in many cases. He also provides comparative material demonstrating the kinship between the game under discussion and similar games from other cultures. Over 100 games are given here under various functional categories: guessing games, games of chase, ball games, knife games, and many others.
The book has great value for modern readers. It is also an important document for the folklorist, since most of this material is not obtainable elsewhere. It is valuable to historians as a source of information on popular culture. It is useful to parents, teachers, and any others who may want suggestions for games and entertainments for children. And for the general reader it will bring back many a golden memory of the days when he, too, played "London Bridge is falling down."

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THE DIFFUSION AND ORIGIN OF AMERICAN GAMERHYMES
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THE BALLAD THE DANCE AND THE GAME
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MAYGAMES
13
THE INVENTIVENESS OF CHILDREN
22
THE CONSERVATISM OF CHILDREN
28
LOVEGAMES No 1 KNIGHTS OF SPAIN
39
THREE KINGS
46
HERE COMES A DUKE
47
THE CHURCH AND THE STEEPLE
138
PRESENT AND ADVISE
139
BEAST BIRD OR FISH
140
CATCHES
141
INTERY MINTERY
142
REDEEMING FORFEITS
143
WHO STOLE THE CARDINALS HAT?
145
ODD OR EVEN
147

TREAD TREAD THE GREEN GRASS
50
WILL GIVE YOU A PAPER OF PINS
53
THERE SHE STANDS A LOVELY CREATURE
55
GREEN GROW THE RUSHES O
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PHILANDERS MARCH
58
MARRIAGE
59
HISTORIES 11 Miss JENNIA JONES
63
Down SHE COMES AS WHITE AS MILK
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LITTLE SALLY WATERS
70
GREEN GRAVEL
71
UNCLE JOHN
72
So PAGE 17 KING ARTHUR WAS KING WILLIAMs Son
73
LITTLE HARRY HUGHES AND THE DUKES DAUGHTER
75
BARBARA ALLEN
78
PLAYING AT WORK 20 VIRGINIA REEL
80
WHOLL BE THE BINDER?
84
As We Go ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
86
Do DO PITY MY CASE
87
WHEN I WAS A SHOEMAKER
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HERE WE COME GATHERING NUTS OF MAY
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HERE I BREW AND HERE I BAKE
90
THREADING THE NEEDLE
91
HUMOR AND SATIRE 30 SOLDIER SOLDIER WILL YOU MARRY ME?
93
QUAKER COURTSHIP
94
LAZY MARY
96
THERE WERE THREE JOLLY WELSHMEN
97
A HALLOWEEN RHYME
98
THE DOCTORS PRESCRIPTION
99
OLD GRIMES
100
THE BAPTIST GAME
101
TRIALS TROUBLES AND TRIBULATIONS
102
THE MILLER OF GOSPORT
103
FLOWER ORACLES ETC 42 FLOWER ORACLES
105
USE OF FLOWERS IN GAMES
107
COUNTING APPLESEEDS
109
ROSE IN THE GARDEN
110
THERE WAS A TREE STOOD IN THE GROUND
111
GREEN
113
No PAGE 48 MY HOUSEHOLD
115
FROGPOND
116
BLOODY TOM
117
BLUEBIRDS AND YELLOWBIRDS
118
DUCKS FLY
119
HUMAN LIFE 53 KING AND QUEEN
120
FOLLOW YOUR LEADER
122
JUDGE AND JURY
123
THREE JOLLY SAILORS
124
MARCHING TO QUEBEC
125
SUDDEN DEPARTURE
126
THE PLEASURES OF MOTION 62 RING AROUND THE ROSIE
127
Go ROUND AND ROUND THE VALLEY
128
THE FARMER IN THE DELL
129
THE GAME OF RIVERS
130
DARBY JIG
131
HUMPTY DUMPTY
132
TWINE THE GARLAND
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MIRTH AND JEST 75 CLUB FIST
134
Robins ALIVE
135
No PAGE 77 LAUGHTER GAMES
136
BACHELORS KITCHEN
137
How MANY FINGERS ?
148
RIGHT OR LEFT
149
COMES IT COMES
150
My LADY QUEEN ANNE
151
THIMBLE IN SIGHT
152
GAMES OF CHASE 101 How MANY MILES TO BABYLON ?
153
HAWK AND CHICKENS
155
Tag
158
DEN
159
SPY
160
SHEEP AND WOLF
161
BLINDMANS BUFF
162
WITCH IN THE JAR
163
PRISONERS BASE
164
CHARLEY BARLEY
165
MILKINGPAILS
166
STEALING GRAPES
167
STEALING STICKS
168
CERTAIN GAMES OF VERY LITTLE GIRLS 118 SAIL THE SHIP
170
CHARLEY OVER THE WATER
171
DEFIANCE
172
MY LADYS WARDROBE
173
A MARCH
174
BALL AND SIMILAR SPORTS 128 THE TIMES OF SPORTS
175
CAMPING THE BALL
177
HANDBALL
178
STOOLBALL
179
CALLBALL
181
SCHOOLBALL
182
ROLLBALL
183
BASEBALL
184
MARBLES
185
CAT
186
No PAGE 143 CHERRYPITS
187
HOPSCOTCH
188
DUCK ON A ROCK
189
FIVESTONES
190
RHYMES FOR COUNTING OUT 149 COUNTING RHYMES
194
MYTHOLOGY 150 LONDON BRIDGE
204
OPEN THE GATES
212
COLORS
213
OLD WITCH
215
THE OGREES COOP
221
DIXIES LAND
222
GHOST IN THE CELLAR
223
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
224
AFTERMATH 161 TREAD THE GREEN GRASS
226
WALKING ON THE GREEN GRASS
227
WALKING ON THE LEVY
229
SWINEHERDERS
232
THREE KINGS
234
KNOTS OF MAY
236
JAILKEYS
237
SAILING AT HIGH TIDE
238
GREEN GROWS THE WILLOWTREE
239
MARRIAGE
240
TIE NEEDLES EYE
241
GREEN GRAVEL
242
UNDER THE LILYWHITE DAISIES
243
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