Children's folklorethose customs, rhymes, games, jeers, songs, superstitions, stories, and pranks that children play among themselvesserves an important purpose: it helps them deal with feelings and taboo subjects which they are unable to express individually.
The purpose of this book is to show how children use their traditional lore to cope with the stresses of their lives and to learn what it means to be a member of a human society. The subjects’ ages ranged from grade-school children through college freshman, located in forty-three states, the Virgin Islands, the Canal Zone, and American military bases abroad. The materials in this collection were drawn from a random sample.
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This book collects the variety of children's folklore: games, chants, riddles, teases, and songs. Explinations for the many reasons behind children's need for these games, their benefits, and the ways that this folklore is used are examined. Missing was any discussion of children's folklore regarding stories (urban myth, ghost stories, Santa Claus, etc). Occassionally, the books is slow and spends a bit too much time presenting the overheard jokes and stories, but in general, this is a good accounting of American children's folklore. A good companion book would be Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, which goes into gross-out songs and other aspects of child folklore.