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Thread #63097   Message #2395658
Posted By: Azizi
23-Jul-08 - 12:00 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Do kids still do clapping rhymes?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Do kids still do clapping rhymes?
GUEST,guest,22 Jul 08 - 10:47 PM,

Thanks for that list of titles and the demographical information re your location.

If you read this, would you please also post demographical information regarding the race/ethnicity, gender, and ages of the children who performed these rhymes.

Given my research on children's rhyme, including my direct experiences, I'd guess that you're talking about African American girls & Latino girls {ages 5-13 years}

Is this correct?

Also, does the rhyme that you called "Shame Shame Shame" have the lines "I don't want to go to mexico no more more more/there's a big fat policeman at the door door door" etc

And does the rhyme that you refer to as "tweet baby" have the lines "he rocks in the tree top/ all night long/huffin and a puffin and a-singing his song/all the little birds on Jaybird street/love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet"?

Also, do the girls in your after school program also do cheerleader cheers in which they basically stand in place and chant formulaic verses to the sound of the bass sounding foot stomps and {their own} hand claps and/or body pats?

If so, I'd looove to know which chants they do.

I wish you were a member of this forum so I could private message you. I'm writing a book on children's rhymes & cheers, and I'm interested in having more examples from New York.

Here's a link to my website if you want to check it out and see whether any of the foot stomping cheers read like the ones you've seen. [ foot stomping cheers page]

Unfortunately, Cocojams is a text only website. Eventually I want to add some sound clips and video clips.

Thanks, guest,guest for sharing that list of handclap rhyme. And thanks, in advance, for any additional information & examples that you might share.