Game type: 'She Sells Sea shells...' (tongue twister)
Alternative types: language play

Handwritten transcription of the tongue twister 'She Sells Sea shells' compiled by Isobel Abel, a student at Errol Street Primary School, for Dr Dorothy Howard on 25 August 1954. The tongue twister reads: 'She sells sea shells on the sea shore. The shell she sells are sea shells from on the sea shore.'

One of a collection of letters describing a children's game written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research.

Physical Description

Handwritten annotation in blue ink on lined paper. Text written on one side only.

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