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The Owl & The Pussy-Cat

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

The Owl and the Pussycat - Written by Edward Lear - Illustrated in full colour by: Jan Brett

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN Number: 0-399-21925-0

Owl sets out to woo Pussycat in a boat laden with fruit from their Caribbean island, and with a guitar at his side, ready for serenading, Pussycat sits looking elegant and demure, waiting to be courted.

As they sail off across the sea, another story unfolds in the clear water beneath the boat. One by one, exotic sea creatures swim into the picture and a small yellow fish seems to be looking for someone.

Jan Brett brings the magic of the Caribbean to her exquisitely detailed illustrations for Edward Lear's charming poem. Flowers and straw patterns set against tropical skies above and fascinating underwater seascapes below adorn each wonderful spread.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat - Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand on the edge of the sand
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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