Children's Folklore Review 2020-02-16T20:18:21-05:00 Brant W. Ellsworth Open Journal Systems <p>The <em>Children's Folklore Review</em> is the annual publication of the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society. The journal publishes articles on all aspects of children's traditions: oral, customary, and material culture.</p> <p>ISSN&nbsp;0739-5558.</p> From the Editor 2020-02-16T20:18:19-05:00 Brant Ellsworth <p>From the Editor</p> 2018-08-09T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Slumber Parties as Rites of Passage 2020-02-16T20:18:21-05:00 Alina Mansfield <p>Children’s supernatural based activities such as M.A.S.H, Bloody Mary, Ouija board experimentation, and “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” comprise a traditional repertoire of paranormal and divinatory rituals to be drawn upon many times throughout a series of friends’ birthday parties or sleepovers. This article investigates the cognitive and ritual functions of such supernatural play as performed by American pre-adolescent girls within the liminal context of the slumber party. Though characterized as children’s play, this is ritual behavior in two senses: in its direct confrontation and thrilling exploration of the supernatural, and in its trance-inducing, ceremonial qualities. Such play is often structured and performed as traditional ritual and can invoke aspects of rites of passage, especially when undertaken cumulatively throughout adolescence. Drawing upon fieldwork in consultation with the collections of University of Oregon’s Mills Northwest Folklore Archive, the Utah State University’s Fife Folklore Archive, and children’s folklore scholarship, this article explores such spiritualistic play as a vernacular process of adolescent individuation.</p> 2018-08-09T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Adult Reflections on a Childhood Kissing Game 2020-02-16T20:18:20-05:00 Evelyn Osborne <p>Beyond simple nostalgia, how do the games we play as children affect us as adults? Which hidden rhyming lessons are ripe for mature understanding? Using McLoed and Wright’s “happy childhood narrative” this article examines singing game, “King William was King George’s Son” and its use by two adult sisters for nostalgia, memory recall, historical lessons, enculturation, connecting with others of their generation, and creating new art.</p> 2018-08-09T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "Collage of Colors" 2020-02-16T20:18:20-05:00 John McDowell <p>In this article, I examine an episode of fantasy play, and a related theatrical production, as arenas for the creative processing of a child’s experience. My five-year-old son, Michael, constructs a microcosm of our field site in Acapulco, Mexico, and animates a drama featuring dinosaurs in mortal conflict. My intention is to explore the ways a child makes sense of place through imaginative play, and, further, to address the role of artistic expression in the child’s growing mastery over his material and social environments.</p> 2018-08-09T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of Yo’ Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux: Louisiana Children’s Folklore and Play, by Jeanne Pitre Soileau. 2020-02-16T20:18:20-05:00 K. Brandon Barker 2018-08-09T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Volume 39, 2018 2020-02-16T20:18:19-05:00 CFR Editor <p>Complete PDF of issue.&nbsp;</p> 2018-08-13T14:21:42-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##