With notebook and pencil in hand, the author took to the playgrounds, schools, parks and streets of American and has come up with a wealth of diversified ""child lore"". Later, careful research into the origins of what she heard, saw and sometimes participated in, often reveal surprising sources of games, rhymes, songs, and sayings passed down from child to child over the years. The book is divided into five sections including jump rope rhymes, hopscotch and tag games and a variety of procedures for playing Jacks, all complete with instructions. The last section, entitled ""Sticks and Stones"" is not only limited to sweet little simple wisdoms, but encompasses a host of rhymes and teasers many quite unpleasant but all in some way pertinent to familiar situations in the child's everyday world. In addition to its instructive value for teachers, parents and group workers concerned with 6 to 12 year olds, this on another level can certainly be considered a worthwhile presentation of American folk lore. The illustrations are charming and freely imaginative.