Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Illustrated Edition Paperback – 1982
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Eliot’s famous collection of nonsense verse about cats-the inspiration for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. This edition features pen-and-ink drolleries by Edward Gorey throughout.
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What makes the book so good is the humour and the occasional high brow vocabulary which forces children to pick up the dictionary for once.
However, I especially recommend this book to parents who read to their children. Imagine an older and more conservative grand-master poet focusing his skills in rhythm, rhyme and content into a book of lyrics suitable for 5-year-olds. What you get is a book that not only has the sonority and imagination, combined with an appealing subject matter ( a diverse group of antropomorphized cats), for the children, but also is dense enough to be enjoyable repeated reading for the parent (Who of you still gets turned on by "Green Eggs and Ham"?), and challenging stimulation for the child.
If you have a son or daughter who loves cats,this book is a must buy!
This is the only poem book of Eliot's that I own and it's a great deal of fun to read. My favorite cat is Macavity. If you've seen the musical Cats (which I haven't), here's the inspiration. This is also a great first book to get younger people interested in poetry. The language Eliot uses is flowery and catchy, and the subject matter is centered on those cute furballs. Enjoy.
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My daughter is 6 years old and I bought her this after seeing CATS, she absolutely loves reading this book of poems! It is illustrated too, which is great for children.Published on Dec 29 2013 by Durham Harmer
It will help you get into the Zen of appropriate feline names.Published on March 31 2004 by Thomas Bonar
The poems are great. The drawings are wonderful! I loved it!Published on Feb. 19 2002 by Thomas C. Cooper
All of the poems are well-written and easy to understand.
This is a good book for anyone who loves poetry! Read more
We bought this book only b/c of "CATS". I must say that the book makes a good bit more sense than the play does. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by Philip Thwing
A set of nice and musical poems on various cats. They are enchanting and light and every rhyme is the best, each one better than all the others. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU