I Saw Esau

By Iona Opie

Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Edited by Iona and Peter Opie

An uplifting and hugely entertaining collection of playground rhymes, edited by Iona and Peter Opie, leading authorities on children's rhymes, and with artwork by perhaps the world's most influential picture book illustrator, Maurice Sendak.

In print again twenty years after it was first published, I saw Esau is a wonderful pocket book collection of over 170 playground rhymes, some of them hundreds of years old. From nonsense to riddles, retaliation rhymes to insults, the chants of schoolchildren across the centuries are revived in this joyful celebration of life and laughter. Sendak's boisterous illustrations revel in the fun, mischief and rebelliousness of childhood, and, as Iona Opie recognises in her wonderful introduction, much of the book's charm comes from its sense of the extraordinary indomitable spirit of children: "In Maurice Sendak's pictures the child always wins".

Categories: Poetry Anthology

For readers aged: 7+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780744521511
  • Published: 30 Apr 1992
  • Price: £15.00
  • Size: 184 x 130 mm
  • Pages: 160

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