I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book

I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book


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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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ISBN-13: 9780763664015
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

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I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
hnebeker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't decide which I love more about this book, the rebellious creative rhymes that stay with you all day or the beautifully compatible illustrations. Either way, this is also an old favorite that I delighted in revisiting. What a wonderful way to introduce older children to the fact that poetry can be "cool".
Knud on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this in Halifax at one of the world's best kids book store just after my daughter was born. Her special Aunt Betty came out for a visit just after, and loved the book so much that we got a second copy. Sendak has a special magic that can always fix anything, whether you're 2, 22, or 102.
Ysabeau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No kid should be without a few choice rhymes to turn the curse away, or put the curse on, whichever seems required.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I picked up, years before my son was expected, just because the cover amused me. It helped greatly that Maurice Sendak was the illustrator, but it is an amusing book.  I don't want to give too much away, but in the introduction Iona Opie explains how this book came into being. She says the rhymes contained "were clearly not the rhymes that a grandmother might sing to a grandchild on her knee". However, for the past two Aprils, I have been choosing some rhymes out of this book to read to my toddler son for National Poetry Month. I've probably warped him for life, but maybe in a good way.