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I Saw Esau : The Schoolchilds Pocket Book


ISBN 10: 1564020460 / ISBN 13: 9781564020468
Published by Candlewick Pr May 1992, 1992
Used Condition: Fine (F)
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Lavisly illustrated. Very collectable condition. Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. First Edition, First printing. Very, very minimal normal shelfwear to cover. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. Satisfaction guarantee. A collection of art and wisdom of generations of school children. Wickedly funny and comically sad, more than 170 insults, riddles, tongue twisters and jump rope rhymes, ably illustrated by Sendak. Truly a treasure of a book!. Bookseller Inventory # 6579

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Title: I Saw Esau : The Schoolchilds Pocket Book

Publisher: Candlewick Pr May 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: School & Library Binding

Illustrator: Maurice Sendak

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." That's what children chant when they are being teased; it's what their parents chanted, and probably their grandparents before them. Collected in this invaluable book are the wit and wisdom of generations of schoolchildren—more than 170 selections ranging from insults and riddles to jeers and jump-rope rhymes. With Iona Opie's introduction and detailed notes and Maurice Sendak's remarkable pictures—vignettes, sequences, and full-page paintings both wickedly funny and comically sad—it offers knowledge and entertainment to all who open it.


"I saw Esau kissing Kate, / The fact is we all three saw; / For I saw him, / And he saw me, / And she saw I saw Esau." So goes the schoolyard chant that graces this brilliant collection with its title. This "Schoolchild's Pocket Book," edited by lore and literature legends Iona and Peter Opie and gleefully illustrated by Maurice Sendak, definitely belongs on every child's shelf, right next to Mother Goose nursery rhymes and Grimms' fairy tales. I Saw Esau was first published in Great Britain in 1947, but it is vibrantly alive today as a glorious, whimsical collection of more than 170 schoolyard rhymes, ranging from insults and riddles to tongue twisters, jeers, and jump-rope rhymes--"clearly not rhymes that a grandmother might sing to a grandchild on her knee," writes Iona Opie in her introduction. We adore this sturdy, beautifully designed, pocket-sized book of funny, sometimes twisted, but always perfectly illustrated morsels of schoolyard tradition and history. (Ages 4 to 8, and all other ages, too)

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