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Children's Games in Street and Playground: Hunting, Racing, Duelling, Exerting, Daring, Guessing, Acting, Pretending v. 2 Paperback – 23 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (23 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863156673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863156670
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 876,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Opies have compiled the most complete and the most sympathetic, also the most sensible account of what children prefer to do on their own.' -- Country Life 'It is a work of serious anthropology and sociology ... but unlike most works concerned with these disciplines, it is consistently readable, always humane, and sometimes very funny.' -- New Statesman 'A fascinating book, the product of many years' immensely detailed and original research, which is bound to become the standard work upon the history and modern practice of street games.' -- New Society 'Fascinating research ... I hope that the publication of this book will revive the debate about the kinds of games our children play.' -- David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review

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Iona Archibald Opie was born in 1923. During the Second World War, she met and married Peter Opie. Together they became a renowned husband-and-wife team of folklorists with a particular interest in children's toys, games and literature, working from their home in Hampshire and conducting primary fieldwork all over the United Kingdom. Their remarkable collection of children's books and ephemera was purchased by the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 1988. They were the authors of over 30 books including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1952) and The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959). Iona Opie lives in Hampshire. Peter Mason Opie (1918-1982) was a specialist in children's literature. He met and married Iona Archibold during the Second World War, and together they became a renowned husband-and-wife team of folklorists with a particular interest in children's toys, games and literature, working from their home in Hampshire and conducting primary fieldwork all over the United Kingdom. Their remarkable collection of children's books and ephemera was purchased by the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 1988. They were the authors of over 30 books including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1952) and The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Saatchi on 7 Feb. 2014
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Fascinating stuff all about the games children play in the playground or simply amongst their friends. Somewhat dry, academic approach to this vivid subject but comprehensive and enthralling. This is social activity that i hope will never be supplanted by six-year-olds tweeting each other!@
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By Dot on 23 Jan. 2015
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Actual observations of how real kids play 21 Nov. 1998
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This book will help you regain your faith in children and respect for their games. It has been the cornerstone of my work for twenty years. It should not be out of print. Accurate, honest, direct observations of children at play, without the constraints of adult supervision, outside the boundaries of their playgrounds.
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By Ophelious - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an interesting book that talks about the different kinds of games that children play, all categorized and analyzed. You are sure to find some of your favorites as well as discover some you've never heard of. Here are some reviews about this title, in case you are interested in learning more about it:

"On the surface it is an exhaustive record of the games children play when out in the street, park, playground, or wasteland, but the book, for the general reader, is primarily a journey, not so much into nostalgia, as into a sharper recollection of the uncramped imagination and brilliant nightmare of childhood."--the Guardian

"What these two remarkable authors do is understand the actual playing, the actual delight of children's games. Somewhere in the 350 pages of this book you are sure to find the game you liked the best in your own childhood. It will be there in all its varieties, under its various names, indexed, classified and described, presented as a living thing, not as a curio, and not as something out of the antique shop of folklore."--Country life.
Four Stars 18 May 2015
By John Goggins - Published on Amazon.com
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Very accurate and nostalgic of children games in Ireland in the first half of the 20th century
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