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The Owl and the Pussycat [Mortimer]

by Edward Lear

Other authors: Anne Mortimer (Illustrator)

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PreSchool-Grade 4–Lear's poem is beautifully illustrated with a mixture of elaborate, stylized borders and sumptuous portrayals of natural elements like verdant plant and tree leaves and colorful tropical flowers. Realistic portrayals of sea creatures abound, and honeybees with exactingly delineated wings swoop above a fanciful beehive. Waves swell and swirl around the pea-green boat, the owl holds his guitar with large outstretched feathers and looks appropriately lovelorn, and, in one arresting scene, the cat sits with her neck resting on his shoulder. In one playful spread, a solicitous owl feeds a slice of quince on the runcible spoon to his sprawling feline sweetheart. Each verse is presented on a separate page. Circle borders frame some vignettes, and narrow bands of white space around most of the pages add pleasing variety to the layout. A charming presentation.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA
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  Vanessamom25 | Jan 17, 2014 |
I'm not sure I've ever seen an illustration of "The Owl and the Pussycat" that was awful -- they all tend toward the beautiful. This one does not fail. ( )
  lquilter | Dec 31, 2011 |
Edward Lear's most famous poem. He used made up words like 'runicle spoon'. Wonderfully illustrated in warm soothing colors in a tropical theme. ( )
  CChristophersen | Oct 18, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060272287, Hardcover)

In this beautifully illustrated edition of the beloved nonsense poem by Edward Lear, Anne Mortimer takes the reader on the delightful voyage of the Owl and the Pussycat as they sail across the sea and travel into lush jungles, all by the light of the moon. Filled with rich detail and breathtaking artwork, this is a glowing tribute to the power of true love.

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After a courtship voyage of a year and a day, Owl and Pussy finally buy a ring from Piggy and are blissfully married.

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