Mr. and Mrs. Opie have been collecting and studying the lore of childhood for nearly twenty years. They are the editors of The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, which gives history of the rhymes, and the Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, which brings together 800 traditional rhymes. They also wrote The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren. Their work has brought them worldwide recognition, and several awards.
The Opies have three children, and live in a Victorian family house in Hampshire, which, as a necessary milieu to their studies, is steadily being filled with old and rare children's books, toys, games, pictures, and the paraphernalia of bygone nurseries.
—from the back of the book
This particular collection of rhymes also features black-and-white drawings by acclaimed illustrator Pauline D. Baynes.
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