Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

by Albert Jack | Reference |
ISBN: 0399535551 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tabby-cat-owner of Bellingham, Washington USA on 8/28/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by tabby-cat-owner from Bellingham, Washington USA on Friday, August 28, 2015
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.

Journal Entry 2 by tabby-cat-owner at Phoenix, Arizona USA on Sunday, December 03, 2017
I learned a lot about English history and I must admit that even though I am 40 per cent British according to my DNA analysis, there is a lot about English history that is not admirable. There is so much killing of people by people in power and so much vying for the throne, etc. Anyway, most nursery rhymes apparently are political commentaries that have to be veiled so that ordinary citizens won't be punished for their subversive (or honest) opinions.

There were some genuine children's poems and folk songs included in the rhymes selected. Also, the author gives every possible interpretation of the nursery rhymes and most of them have several interpretations. Anyway, I learned a lot and I will never feel the same about nursery rhymes again.

Journal Entry 3 by tabby-cat-owner at a RABCK, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, December 03, 2017

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This book has been mailed to Eponine38 as a birthday surprise.

Happy Birthday Eponine38!

Journal Entry 4 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, December 08, 2017
Thank you, tabby-cat-owner! I look forward to reading it. Thanks for thinking of me on my birthday!

Later: I ended up with another copy, so this one will travel to France to fulfill a wish.

Journal Entry 5 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, April 01, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (3/29/2018 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


Sent to the Bordeaux convention to fulfill a wish. I hope you enjoy it ! No worries if you have received another copy in the meantime or changed your mind. :-)

I enjoyed meeting you in Oxford and hope to see you at another convention one of these years!

Released for Keep Them Moving Challenge hosted by booklady331.

Journal Entry 6 by wingcalissonwing at Neckargemünd, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, April 20, 2018
wow this is so very kind of you, eponine38! Thank you. Since I read the Nursery Crime books by Jasper Fforde I wanted to know more. And now what a surprise!
Hope you are doing fine and hope to see you again soon.

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