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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 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) — biography from I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book… (more)
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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.

My Very First Mother Goose 761 copies, 27 reviews
The Classic Fairy Tales (Editor) 680 copies, 8 reviews
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Editor) 515 copies, 5 reviews
Here Comes Mother Goose 344 copies, 29 reviews
A Dictionary of Superstitions 330 copies, 4 reviews
The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book 204 copies, 4 reviews

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