About this book
The secret meanings behind the nursery rhymes we grew up with. Is "Pop Goes The Weasel" really about a drinking binge? And was "Little Bo Peep" a coded smuggler's message? Full of vivid illustrations, and fascinating and surprising stories, this paperback edition has been given a new cover design to appeal to the Christmas gift market.
Who were Mary Quite Contrary and Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astronomy lesson? And if Ring a Ring a Roses isn't about catching the plague, then what is it really about? This title explores the strange histories behind the nursery rhymes we thought we knew, showing that their real meanings are far from innocent.