Author Archives: Elizabeth Callahan

Jump Rope Dogsledding

My informant remembers playing this game during recess in elementary school. She and her friends were especially fond of it during second grade. The following is her account of it: One kid is the “musher”, and he or she holds one handle of the jump rope in each hand. Two or three (depending on the length of… Continue Reading »

Little Sally Walker

My informant told me about a childhood chanting game that she learned in second grade. She and her friends would play it during recess. She describes it as follows: “You stand in a circle with a bunch of girls. One skips in the middle and everyone sings: Little Sally Walker, walking down the street she… Continue Reading »

The Legend of Tom Cook and the Devil

My informant shared with me the local legend of Tom Cook from Westborough, Massachusetts “Back in about the 1700s there was a clever thief named Tom Cook. He was not the type of thief that you would think, a Robin Hood of the town I guess you could say. He would steal from the rich… Continue Reading »