Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Owl and the Pussy-cat..................



Beautiful framed print of an owl seen recently at 
The Antique Tobacco Barn, Asheville, NC.


A neighbor's marmalade cat, Bella, who came to visit 
my front porch, took a liking to the Autumn decor.....and 
enjoyed looking at her reflection in the mirror. 

Have you ever wondered what happened to the original 
owl and pussycat?
"The owl and the pussy-cat went to sea 
in a beautiful pea green boat......."

Above, British author Edward Lear's illustration from 
his book published in 1871.

Generations have grown up reciting this 
'nonsense poem'............and I just 
discovered some big news. British author,
Julia Donaldson, published a book last month titled 
The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat.

via Penguin Children's Books

What a delightful poetry book duo this will 
make for youngsters who love having poems and 
stories read out loud to them........then 
enjoy reading them later by themselves.


10 comments:

  1. I loved that nonsense rhyme too - and I love how your first photo illustrates your post. Owls seem to be everywhere lately, and one swooped in front of the car this evening as I stopped to open the gate.

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  2. Oh what memories - this is one of my favourite poems.
    I just love the original illustration!

    Wonderful news to hear there are new adventures, I'll have to get it for my girls - thank you dear Mary.

    Enjoy your weekend

    hugs
    Shane

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  3. I do remember this poem and can visualize the book we had a children. I think it's on the bookshelf somewhere. Sweet photos. The new story would be lovely. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Pamela

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  4. Wonderful for sure. I love it when kids read. On the way to our middle grandson's school open house the other night I asked him what he had done at school that day. He said he had finished all the assigned work in the morning block of time and in the afternoon he had the "pleasure of reading for a whole hour". He is in third grade - what a charmer, and he adores reading.

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  5. This was a delightful post. I just love your neighbors cat and I will be looking for that book!

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  6. Hello dear Mary, hope you are keeping well.
    The owl and the pussy cat always makes me smile, and I love the images you've posted - the owl print is so beautiful, and marmalades have a special place in my heart.
    I too will keep an eye out for the book.
    Sending love
    Rose H
    xx

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  7. Nonsense poems are so much fun. And they teach rhyme and rhythm - but don't tell the little ones that!

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  8. Darling post, Mary. We are celebrating the coming of Autumn on Pink Saturday this week. I hope you will join us.

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  9. Mary, Edward Lear's nonsense rhyme has long been a favorite for me, runcible spoon and all. ;-)
    I look forward to finding a copy of this new book. Clever!

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  10. I do love this owl and pussycat.
    Lovely!

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