Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes

Opie, Iona, and Peter Opie. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Second ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Despite its name, not actually a dictionary; it’s an excellent, single-volume source that traces the development of 449 children’s rhymes through the centuries. Invaluable to the serious researcher and fascinating to anyone who was ever a child.

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