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Monday's Child is Fair of Face: And Other Traditional Beliefs About Babies

Roud, Steve

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ISBN 10: 190521152X / ISBN 13: 9781905211524
Published by Random House UK, 2008
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Title: Monday's Child is Fair of Face: And Other ...

Publisher: Random House UK

Publication Date: 2008

Book Condition:Good

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Pregnancy and childbirth both remain mystical and magical times, characterized by feelings of hope, uncertainty, and worry. No matter how many scientific innovations come along, there is still room for home-grown beliefs and traditions handed down through the family. Couples buying a stroller may still ask for it to be delivered after the birth, and some grandparents will shrink from tickling the baby's feet in case it grows up to have a stammer. Countless beliefs and customs are gathered in this intriguing collection, along with explanations on how and why they arose, in which parts of Britain they have been particularly popular, and to what extent they survive today. Arranged thematically, this is an interesting blend of familiar, unfamiliar, and frankly bizarre beliefs.

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Steve Roud is Local Studies Librarian for the London Borough of Croydon. He is the coauthor of the Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore, plus other books on traditional drama and folk song, and the Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland, which won the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award in 2004.

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