Jacquelin Simpson and Steve Roud. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
"Some 1,250 entries about people, customs, animals, plants, minerals, legends, music, games, places, dates, dances, birds, numbers, gestures, life-cycle events, colors, and other subjects of folklore are deftly laid out with thorough references and an extensive bibliography. The inclusion of contemporary topics such as the tooth fairy, bus tickets, and photocopy lore (but no Internet hoaxes) demonstrates that folklore is a living, changing phenomenon. The authors emphatically reject the misconception that folk practices are direct survivals of pre-Christian religions or magic. The sheer volume of material (and the existence of other relevant titles) led the authors to omit extensive coverage of traditional foods, sports, fairs, children's lore, fairies, and superstitions, though most of those topics do have a few basic entries." [Choice, 01/03/2001]