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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

Verses or chants accompanying games played spontaneously by groups of children in school playgrounds, streets, or other places where they are not being supervised closely by an adult. The rhymes, and the games themselves, are passed on with variations and innovations from one generation to the next. Rhymes are used, for example, to announce the start of a game, to determine which player is to take on the role of chaser or catcher (‘Eeny, meeny, miney, mo’) (... ...

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