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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

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by T. S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
     
 

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T. S. Eliot’s playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats. Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler, this

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T. S. Eliot’s playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats. Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler, this captivating edition makes a wonderful new home for Mr. Mistoffelees, Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity the mystery cat, and many other memorable strays. It’s the perfect complement to the beloved previous edition, which remains available.
 This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read Aloud Poetry)

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"The distinctive personalities of each cat--brought to life by Scheffler's expressive cartoonlike paintings--and Eliot's lyrical, tongue-and-cheek wordplay, will appeal to a new generation of cat aficionados."--Publishers Weekly

"Edward Gorey's version (Harcourt, 1982) captures Eliot's nuanced humor in stylized black-and-white cartoons. Scheffler's illustrations add colorful detail and playfulness, but both editions bring out the timeless wit and wisdom of these poems. Make room for both editions; cat (and even dog) lovers everywhere will welcome Scheffler's marvelous work."--School Library Journal, starred review

Publishers Weekly
This lively and accessible edition of Eliot's classic homage to felines rounds up the familiar gang, with characters like the sprightly Jellicle Cats, who dance in chorus lines on moonlit rooftops, and the vicious Great Rumpuscat, whose fearsome jaws and eyes like “fireballs fearfully blazing” send rival dog gangs scattering. The distinctive personalities of each cat—brought to life by Scheffler's expressive cartoonlike paintings—and Eliot's lyrical, tongue-and-cheek wordplay, will appeal to a new generation of cat aficionados. Ages 6–9. (Oct.)\
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
These nonsense rhymes are best read aloud, even though they are tongue twisters. The capricious nature of cats is given full expression. Growltiger with the missing ear and eye is "The Terror of the Thames." He eats canaries, is enraptured by Lady Griddlebone, but, finally, is made to walk the plank to great rejoicing. Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer work together as thieves but are never caught. Gus, the theatre cat, enjoys telling of the many productions in which he appeared. Skimbleshanks, the railway cat, checks the train to see that everything is going well. In getting to know a cat there are some things you must do: "Before a Cat will condescend/To treat you as a trusted friend,/Some little token of esteem/Is needed, like a dish of cream." The wry humor is carried out by the clever illustrations of irrepressible cats. Adults will enjoy reading this aloud to children and explaining some of the British background. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up—Scheffler brings his considerable illustrative talents to this new edition of Eliot's much-loved collection of cat whimsy, first published in 1939. Scheffler's cartoon felines, with their expressive eyes, are a deliciously animated cast. From sleepy Old Deuteronomy and busy old Gumbie Cat to naughty Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, they're contrary and complicated. Whether contemplating their secret name, their next crime (like Macavity), or their next meal (like Bustopher Jones), these cats by turns baffle and delight the humans around them. Edward Gorey's version (Harcourt, 1982) captures Eliot's nuanced humor in stylized black-and-white cartoons. Scheffler's illustrations add colorful detail and playfulness, but both editions bring out the timeless wit and wisdom of these poems. Make room for both editions; cat (and even dog) lovers everywhere will welcome Scheffler's marvelous work.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547248271
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/19/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

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