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Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes

By Albert Jack



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Author Albert Jack
Binding Paperback
Date published October 2010
Number of pages 320
Publisher Penguin
ISBN / Item No. 9780141030982


Unearthing the answers to some very curious questions...>

Who were Mary Quite Contrary and Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astronomy lesson? And if Ring a Ring a Roses isn't about catching the plague, then what is it really about?

This ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of the nursery rhymes and songs we all know so well and discovers all kinds of strange tales ranging from Viking raids to firewalking and from political rebellion to slaves being smuggled to freedom.

Full of vivid illustrations and with each verse reproduced, here are a multitude of surprising stories you won't be able to resist passing on to everyone you know. Your childhood songs and rhymes will never sound the same again.

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