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“Poems want you to read them. So read the poems in this book aloud. Shout them across a beach on a windy day. Whisper them in the library. Scribble them on a note and pass them to someone else. Giggle them, recite them, look at them in silence. As soon as you turn over the page and start to read, these words are all yours”
– Helen Mort, poet
The Owl and the Pussycat
An anthology of poems that every child should read
The Owl and the Pussycat is an anthology to delight and inspire children, fostering a lifelong love of poetry. Encompassing both much loved classics including Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Lear and Tennyson and modern gems by Carol Ann Duffy, Benjamin Zephaniah and John Hegley, here is a collection to treasure forever.
T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Poetry Award nominee Helen Mort – recently tipped as one of the new generation of brilliant British poets – introduces the poems, provides an informative glossary and poses thoughtful and engaging questions for young readers.
A comprehensive index allows readers to search for poems by well-known phrases, rather than just titles or first lines. This makes it easy for nostalgic parents, keen to share a much-loved poem, who can’t quite remember its actual title.
Includes poems about:
Animals • Nature & the Seasons • Monsters, Beasts & Fairies • Humour & Nonsense
Love & Beauty • Hodgepodge Poems • Adventure & Exploration • War & Death
Growing Up • History & Legend
There Was an Old Man with a Beard – Edward Lear (1812-1888)
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared! –
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.”
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