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Stilts, Somersaults, and Headstands: Game Poems based on a Painting by Peter Breughel
Stilts Somersaults and Headstands Game Poems based on a Painting by Peter Breughel Author:Kathleen Fraser How many games do children play? Nearly a hundred said Peter Breugel the Elder, who painted a picture of children playing almost 400 years ago. And though the painting is so old, children still enjoy almost all the games and pastimes he showed. — Blindman's bluff, marbles, King of the Mountain, stilts, wrestling, peashooters, tug-of-war, tree cli... more »mbing, blowing bubbles, make believe of all kinds, dolls, jacks, swings, mud pies, follow the leader, are as well liked today as they were then.
The painting, reproduced here as a whole and in parts, lets us compare today's games with yesterday's. The poems that go with the picture, by a modern poet, capture some of the spirit of the games and the fun, and make it possible to know just why so many children have enjoyed these activities for so long.« less