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Iona Opie (1923–2017)

Author of My Very First Mother Goose

42+ Works 6,236 Members 121 Reviews

About the Author

Iona Margaret Opie was born on October 13, 1923. During World War II, she made meteorological maps in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. She married Peter Opie in 1943. Together they collected children's rhymes, riddles, and street culture. Their books included I Saw Esau, The Oxford Dictionary of show more Nursery Rhymes, The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, Children's Games in Street and Playground, and The Classic Fairy Tales. After her husband's death in 1982, she continued the work alone. Her books included The People in the Playground, Tail Feathers from Mother Goose, Here Comes Mother Goose, A Dictionary of Superstitions, and Children's Games with Things. Her son Robert collaborated with her on The Treasures of Childhood. She was made CBE in 1999. She died on October 23, 2017 at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Several works by the husband-and-wife team of Iona and Peter Opie are listed additionally and/or separately on LT under their individual names.

Series

Works by Iona Opie

My Very First Mother Goose (1996) 843 copies
The Classic Fairy Tales (1974) — Editor — 728 copies
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1951) — Editor — 560 copies
Here Comes Mother Goose (1999) 371 copies
A Nursery Companion (1980) 85 copies
The Singing Game (1985) 50 copies
My Mother Goose Library (2000) 10 copies
Nursery Rhymes 3 copies
Ditties for Nursery (1954) 2 copies

Associated Works

The Best of Shakespeare: Retellings of 10 Classic Plays (1997) — Introduction — 87 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Opie, Iona Margaret Balfour
Birthdate
1923-10-13
Date of death
2017-10-23
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Occupations
folklorist
Relationships
Opie, Peter (husband)
Opie, Robert (son)
Opie, James (son)
Organizations
WAAF
Awards and honors
May Hill Arbuthnot Lecturer (1991)
Fellow of the British Academy
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Disambiguation notice
Several works by the husband-and-wife team of Iona and Peter Opie are listed additionally and/or separately on LT under their individual names.

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Reviews

The history notes and the illustrations make this a great reference work,
 
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lcl999 | 5 other reviews | Dec 20, 2023 |
-see the review of Opie's The Classic Fairy Tales
 
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mykl-s | 13 other reviews | Aug 6, 2023 |
I appreciate the scholarship Opie employs to present these stories as they were collected long before all the modern variations. They were enjoyable even though not the genera I usually read.
 
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mykl-s | 8 other reviews | Aug 6, 2023 |
A collection of children's rhymes, first collected in England in 1946, including things like taunts and insults, riddles, skipping rhymes, and mocking verses about schoolwork. Most of them probably aren't exactly the sort of thing you'd find in Mother Goose.

The rhymes themselves are mildly interesting, sometimes vaguely amusing, and often (from the perspective of a 21st century American) entertainingly quaint-feeling in their language. There are a few brief notes on a number of them in the back -- something I wish I'd realized while I was reading through them -- but not enough to make this feel more like a work of scholarship than a collection of amusements.

It would all be diverting for a few minutes and then pretty quickly forgettable, I think, except that this edition, from 1992, also includes some delightfully offbeat (indeed, sometimes charmingly grotesque) illustrations by Maurice Sendak.
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Works
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Rating
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121
ISBNs
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