A wonderful collection of ditties and rhymes, as well as lullabies, jingles, parodies, and proverbs. Robin McGrath has assembled the shouts and sayings of several generations, collected from backyards, kitchens, and school rooms. She also documents where the verses come from and what they mean. Nursery Rhymes of Newfoundland & Labrador is compiled and edited by award-winning author Robin McGrath. This collection brings together - for the first time - three hundred Newfoundland and Labrador rhymes, charms and riddles. Many are well known and have been passed down to generations of children and adults, while others are contemporary. Most of the verses contain a community, personal name, or linguistic structure that identifies them as being unique to Newfoundland and Labrador. Others retain the rhythms and wording they had upon arriving with settlers from England, Ireland, France and Scotland. Decorative cast cuts, originally used by Long Brothers' hand presses in St. John's, illustrate the pages of this highly enjoyable and important book. Explanatory notes clarify the origins of many of these delightful nursery rhymes. Several blank pages are included at the back of each book to allow readers to write down their own family verses. Nursery Rhymes of Newfoundland & Labrador is the culmination of many years of research by Robin McGrath.