Fairy Tales in Australian Folklore – Behaviour

 

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Children’s game: ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ – One person stands with his back to the group who are about 10 yards away. They all call out “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” The ‘Wolf’ responds with a time, say “10 o’clock”, and quickly tuns. If he catches anyone still moving they are out. He can call ‘Dinner Time’ any time and then grab as many as he or she can until all caught.

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Informant’s notes: Attributed to Caroline Bailey.

AFTS notes: NSW children’s lore; according to Museum Victoria’s Play and Folklore (Issue 38, p3) a similar game is known as ‘Creep Up on Granny’ strengthening the ties to Little Red Riding Hood.

Date of recording: 1984

Date added to collection: 31st March 2015

ATU: 333, Little Red Riding Hood

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