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The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat

by Edward Lear

Other authors: Jan Brett (Illustrator)

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  Lizjensen | Nov 20, 2016 |
I liked this book for two reasons. First, the bright and vivid illustrations enhance the story. The illustrations are extremely detailed and helps the audience follow along the pussycat and owl's romantic journey. Because the written text in the book does not go into much detail about the setting or the physical appearance of the characters, the illustrations help to enhance the story by providing a vivid drawing of these things. Each illustration has an extremely detailed backdrop, and has an obvious facial expression on each of the characters so the audience can follow along with the emotions in the story. I also liked this book because the language, while minimal, was descriptive with its few words. For example, the author writes, "The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat" (p.1). This descriptive language helps the audience envision the boat that the couple is taking out to sea. Because the book has few words, the author makes powerful decisions and uses descriptive language to help strengthen his book. The language is descriptive and works with the illustrations to create a story that is easy to visualize and follow along with. Overall, the big idea of this book is that true love will go to any lengths and will always be there for you. ( )
  kaylafrey | Apr 13, 2016 |
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This is an illustrated edition of Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat poem, in which the owl and cat fall in love and sail away into the sunset in search of happiness. I love Edward Lear's rhymes and nonsense stories, and the illustrations really fit well with the story and gave it new depth.
The theme or concept is love and simplicity. This is a great read-aloud for classrooms. The rhymes are easy and fun to say and the story is fast paced and engaging. ( )
  kitsunek8 | Mar 17, 2016 |
A beautifully illustrated book to go with the interesting silly poem of Edward Lear.

The poem is short, simple to read and simple to follow for any child. It can be considered a starter poem for children while it isn't that silly to turn away adults.

The main focus of this book is the illustrations done by fellow artist Jan Brett who is well known for her homey touches and beautiful details. The same details are brought to life in this book while removing from the snowy stretches to the sunny Caribbean touch.

What helps the pictures besides the bright colors, the beautiful details and the fascinating yet superb expressions of Ms. Pussy is the other story. For those that don't pay attention they may not catch it but this is two romances in one with the little yellow fish in the ocean seeking for the fish that is above him the whole time. And the beautiful ending will have the romantic sighing even as they close the book. ( )
  flamingrosedrakon | Aug 26, 2015 |
I am rating "The Owl and the Pussycat" on the nursery fantasia of the original poem and not the fact that the board book I read to my son cuts off at the end of the first verse, confusing him greatly since we read him the full one a lot from the big nursery rhyme book. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Apr 23, 2015 |
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This version is illustrated by Jan Brett, and as the illustrations at the bottom of each page tell a separate but parallel story that isn't in the text, it should not be combined with other editions of The Owl and the Pussycat. The ISBNs for this edition are 0399219250 (hardcover), 0399231935 (board), 0590454056 (paperback), & 0698113675 (paperback). Please add 0440842808 & 0750007745 (unknown) to the above list.
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Edward Lear's nonsense poem about two unlikely sweethearts--an elegant owl and a beautiful cat--has found a perfect match in artist Jan Brett. She traveled to the Caribbean (the land where the Bong-tree grows, perhaps?) to research her illustrations as well as the settings, costume details, plants, and fish native to the area. Readers can follow an illustrated subplot of two yellow fish who also fall in love under the pea-green boat. A charming treatment of a classic children's poem. (Ages 3 to 7)

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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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