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Opie, Peter

Works: 142 works in 754 publications in 4 languages and 26,927 library holdings
Genres: Nursery rhymes  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  History  Fairy tales  Folklore  Juvenile works  Reference works  Singing games  Dictionaries 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Compiler, Contributor, Director
Classifications: PN6110.C4, 398.8
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Publications about Peter Opie
Publications by Peter Opie
Publications by Peter Opie, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Peter Opie
The Oxford dictionary of nursery rhymes by Iona Opie( Book )
123 editions published between 1951 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 4,686 libraries worldwide
This classic dictionary brings together over 500 nursery rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, lullabies, and rhyming alphabets traditionally handed on to young children. All the items have been arranged alphabetically, from `A was an apple-pie' to `Yankee Doodle came to town' and include such favourites as `A frog he would a-wooing go', `Baa, baa, black sheep', `Dance to your daddy', `Jack and Jill', and `Old Mother Hubbard'. With each item comes a unique set of historical and bibliographical notes that record the earliest known publication of each piece, describe the circumstances of its origin, illustrate changes in wording over time, and indicate variations and parallels in other languages. In a detailed and fascinating introduction, the editors describe the different types of rhyme, the earliest published collections, theories of origins, and such questions as whether or not individual rhymes originally portrayed real people and who was Mother Goose. Complementing the rhymes are nearly a hundred illustrations, including reproductions of early appearances in ballad sheets and music books, which show the development of nursery rhyme illustrations over the last two centuries. For this revised edition, the notes have been updated and extended in the light of recent scholarship, providing an unrivalled wealth of literary and bibliographical information. There is also a new essay on the singing tradition of nursery rhymes by Cecily Raysor Hancock, making The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes an indispensable source of reference for scholars and book collectors, and a volume to be treasured by parents and children alike
The classic fairy tales by Iona Opie( Book )
41 editions published between 1974 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 2,875 libraries worldwide
Presents the texts of twenty-four well-known fairy tales as they were first printed in English and summarizes the history of each title, especially from the textual point of view
The Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Iona Opie( Book )
46 editions published between 1973 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,767 libraries worldwide
A chronologically arranged anthology of 332 selections spanning five hundred years of American and British poetry, from Chaucer to Ogden Nash
The Oxford nursery rhyme book by Iona Opie( Book )
70 editions published between 1952 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,989 libraries worldwide
"800 rhymes. 600 illustrations."
The Oxford book of narrative verse by Iona Opie( Book )
25 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and held by 1,944 libraries worldwide
This collection of fifty-nine poems spans six hundred years of literary tradition, from Chaucer to Auden, and includes such selections as Pope's "Rape of the Lock" and Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner."
I saw Esau : the schoolchild's pocket book by Iona Opie( Book )
25 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 1,904 libraries worldwide
A collection of rhymes and riddles traditionally passed on orally from child to child
Children's games in street and playground. Chasing, catching, seeking, hunting, racing, duelling, exerting, daring, guessing, acting, pretending by Iona Opie( Book )
59 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,731 libraries worldwide
Perhaps this book should come with a warning to parents: within these pages, children deliberately scare each other, ritually hurt each other, take foolish risks, promote fights, and play ten against one. And yet throughout, they consistently observe their own sense of fair play. 'During the past fifty years, shelf-loads of books have been written instructing children in the games they ought to play - and some even instructing adults on how to instruct children in the games they ought to play - but few attempts have been made to record the games children in fact play.' This was Iona and Peter Opie's pertinent observation in 1969, and it was this gap that they sought to fill with their exhaustive survey, through the 1960s, of the games that children 'in fact play' aged roughly between six and twelve years of age, and when outdoors - and usually out of sight. The Opies weren't interested in formal games and sports supervised by parents or teachers. What excited them were the rough-and-tumble games for which, as one child described, 'nothing is needed but the players themselves. 'They were also anxious that, in their meticulous recording of the games, the spirit of the play, the zest, variety and disorderliness, should not be lost. The result was their classic work Children's Games in Street and Playground . To aid a clear and lively presentation of their remarkable study, the original single book has been divided into two. Both volumes record games played in the street, park, playground and wasteland of more than 10,000 children from the Shetland Isles to the Channel Islands, although the majority of the information comes from children living in big cities such as London, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow. This first volume focuses on starting a game, and games involving chasing, catching and seeking, and includes favourites such as The Dreaded Lurgi, What's the Time Mr Wolf, Stuck in the Mud, and British Bulldog, as well as around 40 other games. Each game is described in detail and gives the rhymes and saying children repeat while play them, together with the different names under which they are played. Brief historical notes are also included where relevant. The children of the 1960s, the Opies noted, are often thought 'to be incapable of self-organization, and to have become addicted to spectator amusements. ' to the extent that adults must be relied on to provide play materials, ideas and time to play with them. The same attitudes are still widespread today with our concerns about television and computer games, and the middle-class parental impulse to fill our children's days with organised classes and play dates. 'However much children may need looking after, they are also people going about their own business within their own society.' There are important lessons to be learned from this book about giving children the time and physical space to be themselves with other children
The lore and language of schoolchildren by Iona Opie( Book )
101 editions published between 1959 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,515 libraries worldwide
An examination of the customs, rites, superstitions, omens, beliefs, rhymes, chants, riddles, and similar lore and language of children in the British Isles
A nursery companion by Iona Opie( Book )
12 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 1,063 libraries worldwide
Presents reproductions of a variety of early 19th-century children's books including rhymed alphabets, nursery rhymes, a pictorial grammar, limericks, and nonsense rhymes
The singing game by Iona Opie( Book )
16 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 971 libraries worldwide
Traces the histories of singing games such as ring a ring o' roses, oranges and lemons and others, and is an exposition both of the workings of folklore, and of the perennial ways of young children when left to play on their own. Each of the 150 games is described in historical detail
The little dog laughed by Lucy Cousins( Book )
2 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 940 libraries worldwide
A collection of nursery rhymes, including "Ride a Cock Horse," "Jack and Jill, " "Old King Cole, " and "Wee Willie Winkie."
Bibliophile in the nursery : a bookman's treasury of collectors' lore on old and rare children's books by William Targ( Book )
1 edition published in 1957 in English and held by 658 libraries worldwide
Children and their books : a celebration of the work of Iona and Peter Opie by Gillian Avery( Book )
13 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 618 libraries worldwide
A family book of nursery rhymes by Iona Opie( Book )
6 editions published between 1963 and 1967 in English and held by 427 libraries worldwide
Grade level: 4, 5, 6, e, i
Children's games with things : marbles, fivestones, throwing and catching, gambling, hopscotch, chucking and pitching, ball-bouncing, skipping, tops and tipcat by Iona Opie( Book )
6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 392 libraries worldwide
This final volume of the Opies' acclaimed trilogy deals with children's games that use equipment - such as marbles, skipping, fivestones, and ball-bouncing. They describe rules of play, the history of the game, and accompanying rhymes and chants
The Lucy Cousins book of nursery rhymes by Lucy Cousins( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 345 libraries worldwide
Fifty-three Mother Goose rhymes spring to life in this jazzy, pizzazy collection, boldly illustrated by Lucy Cousins. Inside you'll find all the classics, including "Humpty Dumpty", "Old King Cole", "Hey, Diddle Diddle", "Wee Willie Winkie", and more. Simply and vibrantly designed, these old favorites will delight eyes and ears alike!
Three centuries of nursery rhymes and poetry for children: [catalogue of] an exhibition held at the National Book League, May 1973 by Iona Opie( Book )
5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 264 libraries worldwide
Children's games by Iona Opie( Book )
3 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 155 libraries worldwide
I want to be a success by Peter Opie( Book )
2 editions published in 1939 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Mason Opie, Peter 1918-1982
Opie, Peter Manson
Opie, Peter Mason 1918-1982
Peter Opie British scholar of children's literature
Peter Opie folklorist uit Egypte (1918-1982)
Питер Опи английский исследователь-фольклорист
オーピー, ピーター
English (562)
Japanese (6)
German (2)
Spanish (1)
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