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Oranges and Lemons: Rhymes from Past Times Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843179598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843179597
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in old rhymes, or really in history generally ... a beautiful book (The Bookbag)

About the Author

Karen Dolby is a freelance editor and writer. Among her books are History's Naughty Bits, Oranges and Lemons: Rhymes from Past Times and Homework Help for Mums and Dads, all published by Michael O'Mara Books. She lives and writes in south London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Karen Dolby has herein given us a selection of nursery rhymes, most you will know although not necessarily all of the verses, and some you may never have heard of before. Some of these pieces are quite well documented, we know when they first appeared,etc. Others however we know little about, as rhymes have been altered over the years, and also music has been added, which comes from a different country.

This makes an interesting read as the author tries to delve behind the rhymes, trying to see if it is possible to locate the origins of certain rhymes. In some cases you are given a few possible meanings for some of these rhymes, and also if they are known in other countries. Some of the supposed origins of a few of these rhymes are also debunked, as it is known that they came at a much later date.

This isn't a definitive study of nursery rhymes by any means, and to be honest no such book could ever be produced, as a lot would be invention. This has some lovely little illustrations throughout the text, has a list of contents, a bibliography, as well as an index of first lines, making it relatively easy to find what you are looking for. Admittedly this is more of a niche product, but it does make for some very interesting reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. E. S. Essex on 5 Jan. 2013
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got this book for my Mum and Dad because he was talking about gathering nuts in May and had to find out what it meant as Mum said you don't get nuts in May what a wonderful book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2013
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Very informative, learned a few new rhymes and lots of information as to where they may have originated.
The kind of book everyone wants to browse at some point... "I wonder where 'x' rhyme came from?"
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By Rebecca on 8 Dec. 2013
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Enjoyed this book, found it very interesting reading about the nursery rhymes and were they think they originated from. Worth a read.
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By Mike Esholt on 13 Aug. 2013
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I was hoping for insight on each rhyme. Instead it was lots of 'it might mean this or it might mean that' without any real basis.

Gave up reading after two chapters
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By Maureen on 11 May 2013
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Very interesting and informative. Many nursery rhymes which seem to have disappeared from todays books for children. I shall introduce some of these to my granddaughter.
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It was good to have the words for so many nursery rhymes but the background for most of the rhymes was sketchy, at the very least.
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Old familiar favourites jostle with new rhymes in this wonderfullly eclectic collection, which genuinely has something for everyone who has ever been a child!
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