Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories: A Book for Bairns and Big Folk was authored by Scotsman Robert Ford
This example of Ford's work is an effort to document and collate the wealth of popular children's nursery rhymes and games. Ford presents the rhymes, stories, and songs in their entirety, often alongside a detailed entry by the author. The book begins with an examination of nursery rhymes, which includes entries for many of the most popular rhymes. Ford's commentary is extensive in this section, as the author attempts to add context and history to these works. From there, he examines counting out rhymes, rhyme games, children's songs, schoolroom facts and children's stories. The section on rhyme games is significant and includes a detailed breakdown of the actions that should be completed alongside each rhyme.
Robert Ford is an author who loves children's stories – that much is clear when reading this text. The level of detail Ford provides is impressive as he has clearly carried out significant research into children's rhymes and stories, and presents an almost overwhelming amount of information about the origins of these rhymes. Ford handles the subject matter seriously and with rigour.
Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories: A Book for Bairns and Big Folk is a notable collection and analysis of children's rhymes and stories. Author Robert Ford has gone to great lengths in researching his subject, and the result is an enjoyable and surprisingly hefty book about this light-hearted topic.