I Saw Esau
author: Iona Opie
illustrator: Maurice Sendak
anthology editor: Iona and Peter Opie
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
Thatís what children chant when they are being teased; itís what their parents chanted, and their grandparents and their great-grandparents before them. Collected in this invaluable book are the wit and wisdom of generations of schoolchildren ó more than one hundred and seventy rhymes ranging from insults and riddles to tongue twisters, jeers, and jump-rope rhymes. With Iona Opieís introduction and detailed notes and Maurice Sendakís remarkable pictures ó vignettes, sequences, and full-page paintings both wickedly funny and comically sad ó here is a book that deserves a place among the classic texts of childhood.
"The mood is insouciant glee. A treasure." ó Kirkus Reviews (starred review)