Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Edward Lear!

The Owl and the Pussycat

Today is Edward Lear's birthday.   Most people know him for his nonsense poems but he did much more than that.  He was also an accomplished author and artist.  I am a big fan of his art not just his illustrations.  I love the way he uses light for his landscapes. They are just wonderful.  To celebrate his birthday I am going to suggest his most famous poem that has been illustrated for children.

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear & illustrated by Jan Brett is a classic poem that has been talked about and imitated.   It is also a bit of a love story.   I love Jan Brett's illustrations because of the detail ~ kids love to look at the these pictures to see what they can find.   A wonderful edition.

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