27 Dec Heavy Words, Lightly Thrown
Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme by Chris Roberts
Summary: I A history of the origins and meanings behind everyday nursery rhymes reveals the popular sport behind “Jack be Nimble,” Humpty Dumpty’s identity as a cannon mounted on the walls of a Colchester church, and “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary’s” ties to the promiscuous court of Mary Queen of Scots. 50,000 first printing.
Angie’s comments: A short and lively introduction to the meaning (or possible meaning) behind some children’s rhymes. Author Roberts takes time to explain that not all rhymes have hidden message, but that some do. It is fun with a light-hearted, humorous approach. Sometimes the levity overtakes the message.
Recommended for readers interested in a light read about childhood rhymes.