I Saw Esau (Paperback)

The Schoolchild's Pocket Book

By Iona Opie (Editor), Peter Opie (Editor), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763664015, 160pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (11/30/2012)
Prebound (11/30/2012)

List Price: 14.00*
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"The mood is insouciant glee. A treasure." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

That’s what children chant when they are being teased; it’s what their parents chanted, and their grandparents and their great-grandparents before them. Collected in this invaluable book are the wit and wisdom of generations of schoolchildren — more than one hundred and seventy rhymes ranging from insults and riddles to tongue twisters, jeers, and jump-rope rhymes. With Iona Opie’s introduction and detailed notes and Maurice Sendak’s remarkable pictures — vignettes, sequences, and full-page paintings both wickedly funny and comically sad — here is a book that deserves a place among the classic texts of childhood.

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