Pop Goes The Weasel by Albert Jack
…a fascinating trip down memory lane
Pop Goes the Weasel is a new release from Albert Jack, author of international bestselling White Elephants and Red Herrings. The book provides a fascinating insight into the meaning behind our much loved and most treasured nursery rhymes.
Astonishingly, the majority of nursery rhymes were inspired by political events. Royalty and conflicts also feature heavily as well as more sinister subjects like condemned prisoners and Prostitution. You have to admit, this is something you don’t necessarily consider when teaching these rhymes to children. The author also explores the fascinating historical and cultural background which helps to explain why these rhymes were so important and influential.
Pop Goes the Weasel also provides a trip down memory lane alowing you to rediscover the nursery rhymes you may have forgotten. It is also interesting reading some of the rhymes which are shorter versions of longer originals which have been edited down over time.
Jack’s passion and humour comes across in his writing making it a joy to read. Full of illustrations, interesting facts and the rhymes copied out in full at the start of each chapter, the book is great to dip in and out of, however, you may find you become so addicted to finding out the next meaning, you will be unable to put it down.