I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book of Children's Rhymes, 1992 edition, by Maurice Sendak.


Edited by Iona and Peter Opie. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak. First edition, second printing, 1992. Candlewick Press.

"I was in the garden
A-picking of the peas.
I busted out laughing
To hear the chicken sneeze."


"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 - the book offers knowledge and entertainment to all who open it. Like a collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes or Grimms' fairy tales, I Saw Esau deserves a place amongst classic texts of childhood."

Iona and Peter Opie were a married couple who devoted their lives to studying and documenting the folklore and culture of children. They collected and analyzed nursery rhymes, songs, games, riddles, and other forms of children's oral and written traditions. They published several influential books, such as The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1951) and The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959), and amassed a large archive of children's literature and materials. They were widely respected as authorities on children's lore and customs, and their work had a significant impact on various fields of research.

Maurice Sendak was an American author and illustrator of children's books. He is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963 and awarded the Caldecott Medal. Sendak's other works include In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and The Nutshell Library. Sendak was influenced by his Jewish heritage, his childhood experiences in Brooklyn, and his love of literature and art.

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Condition: Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Small soiled area within the illustration on the front; one corner lightly bumped; pinpoint spot on the back. Gold-embossed green cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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