The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (A Whitman Tiny-Tot Tale)


Edward Lear's poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" has been a favorite of mine since I was very young. I don't remember anyone reading it to me.  Rather, I loved the Halas-Batchelor cartoon version, which often aired on Nickelodeon's Pinwheel.

Here is a short snippet.

When Big Sis was only a few months old, Mr. B and I drove her three hours east to Joplin, MO, to visit his family for Christmas.  Once it became clear that a nap was not going to happen, I moved to the backseat to entertain her.  In the end, the only way I could keep her from crying was to read our board book of Jan Brett's version of the poem, over and over and over again.  I had it memorized quickly.  

I love owls.  I love kitty cats.  I love my vintage discount books, like Whitman Tell-A-Tales (or in this case, Tiny-Tot Tales).  And I love, love, love "The Owl and the Pussycat."  (See Pinterest board here.)  

So of course, I love this tiny book.

The Owl and the Pussycat
by Edward Lear,
illustrated by Bonnie & Bill Rutherford.
Racine, WI:  Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1968.





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  1. I'm so glad you scanned the whole thing!!! I was hoping to see more after the initial insta. I love these little books- so endearing and wonderful!

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    1. My camera was dead, I thought I'd try the phone first. ;o) It doesn't take great photos, though. I love this tiny book. It keeps disappearing, too. This time, I found it under the girls' cameras in a drawer.

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  2. Dude this is the coolest!!! I love this poem. I have a really modern-looking version, that I photographed last summer and then never ran the post, I really need to be better about using the material that I prepare, ack! Your version is darling darling darling!

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    1. I firmly believe it's better to own multiple versions of this one. ("Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," too. That's my other favorite childhood poem.) This one came with the big lot of Whitman and Elf books I scored on eBay a few years ago. So does that mean you still have a future "Owl and the Pussycat" post?

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    2. yah I guess I'll get around to it at some point, maybe later in spring or early summer. I get around to using my photos eventually! Glad I finally was able to use the Hedgehog stuff. So much material, so little time, you know how that goes! :)

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  3. What a great little book! I love this poem and the vintage illustrations -so cute! The pinterest booard is awesome as always.

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    1. Thanks. ;o) And yes, I love this one. Want to see my dream copy? This one is from 1940: http://tinyurl.com/d3ztedy I missed my chance to get it for $15.00, which, at the time, seemed expensive. I've found it on other sites for $40. Ouch.

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