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By Bessie Jones & Bess Lomax Hawes
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233 pages 

Classic collection from the Georgia Sea Islands and rural South of games, plays, songs, and stories from the Afro-American heritage. All emphasize cooperation and sharing as they show children how to have fun with nothing more than their hands and feet, voices, and imaginations.

Along with variations of Pattycake, This Little Piggy, and I Had an Old Rooster, the 70 children's activities include those with origins in Africa and in slavery-era America. Each selection includes simple instructions, background notes, lyrics, and music. 
  

CONTENTS: Preface to the Brown Thrasher Edition; Introduction; Note to Parents & Teachers.   

Baby Games & Plays: Go to Sleepy Little Baby, This Little Piggy, Jump That Jody, Ride Charley Ride, Finger Names, Patty Cake, Tom Tom Greedy-Gut.   

Clapping Plays: Green Sally Up, One-ry Two-ry, 1 Saw 2 Saw, Head & Shoulder Baby, Hambone, Juba.   

Jumps & Skips: Skip to the Barbershop, Just from the Kitchen, Shoo Turkey, Knock Jim Crow, Josephine, Elephant Fair, Pizza Pizza Mighty Moe.   

Singing Plays: Green Green the Crab Apple Tree, Johnny Cuckoo, Oh Green Fields Roxie, Go In & Out the Window, Draw Me a Bucket of Water, Nana Thread a Needle.   

Ring Plays: Little Johnny Brown, East Coast Line, Sir Mister Brown, Way Down Yonder Sometimes, Soup Soup, Punchinello, Little Sally Walker, Uncle Jessie, Way Down Yonder in the Brickyard, Way Go Lily, Steal Up Young Lady.   

Dances: Possum-La, Ranky Tank, Coonshine, Sandy Ree, Zudie-O, I'm Going Away to See Aunt Dinah, Daniel.   

House Plays & Home Amusements: William William Trembletoe, Club Fist, Uncle Tom, Moneyfoot, Jack in the Bush, Bob-a-Needle, Whose Bag Is My Gold Ring, Pawns, Wade in the Green Valley.   

Outdoor Games: Miss Lucy, Horse & the Buggy, Won't You Let the Birdie Out, Engine Rubber #9, London Bridge, All Hid, Rap Jack.   

Songs & Stories: I Had an Old Rooster, Owl Talk, Pretty Pear Tree, Riddles, Way Down on the Bingo Farm, Have Courage to Say No, Brother Rabbit & Mr. Railroad's Taters, Old Bill & the Rolling Pin, Rabbit & the Possum, Peep Squirrel.   

Note to Scholars; Annotations; Selected Bibliography; Discography; Index.

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Great games! I heard about this book at an Orff conference.
Megan S on Mar 6, 2014

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