Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown: 1 (Faber Children's Classics)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown: 1 (Faber Children's Classics)

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown: 1 (Faber Children's Classics)

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This little book, consists of 15 poems with the last one, "Cat Morgan Introduces Himself", added in 1952. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. But even if that's me, I'm glad I finally got around to reading about Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat. The poems themselves are of course classics but Axel Scheffler's beautiful (and funny) illustrations are what will make children treasure this book and demand that it be read and re-read. Eliot was born an American, moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at the age of 25), and became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39.

The Old Man has many cats and refers to the poem "The Naming of Cats", explaining that each cat has three names: one common, one fancy and one that only the cat knows. Okay, after I finished reading this classic, I decided to gird the proverbial loins and watch the Tom Hooper movie for the first time. I tend to like this better than the Bentley and Gorey editions, and this edition is really well worth it. The Waste Land, first published in the inaugural issue of The Criterion in October 1922, celebrates its centenary in 2022.This is a gorgeous book and the full colour illustrations by Axel Scheiffer are what distinguishes this volume from every other Possum's. If you are still in the habit of reading to your children then I urge you to treat yourself and them with this lovely book.

In addition, Geoffrey Tandy would be the first to present the cat poems to a wider public, as he read parts of Practical Cats on BBC radio on the Christmas Day of 1937, two years before the book was published. A stunning new gift edition of this much-loved classic, with the celebrated black-and-white illustrations by Edward Gorey. This book is a good way to introduce TS Eliot's poetry to young children as the illustrations make it more interesting and fun.

Throughout the 1930s he composed the now famous poems about Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees and many other cats, under the name of ‘Old Possum’. In 1981 Eliot’s poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber as Cats which went on to become the longest-running Broadway musical in history. The choice of words and the feelings you get after reading every poem about different types of cats was a pure joy!

I did however change one of the words describing some Siamese cats ('Chinks') which is not a word I'd want my grandchildren to use!

I also like his sequence of pictures that play like a succession of scenes when the poems can't provide any words. They were collected and published in 1939, with cover illustrations by the author, and quickly re-published in 1940, illustrated in full by Nicolas Bentley. Ricks and McCue identify "fambly" as a variant spelling and Eliot frequently used it in his letters to the Tandy family. In 2019, Webber’s musical was adapted in turn by Tom Hooper into a film by the same name staring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift.

They have also been published in versions illustrated by Edward Gorey (1982), Axel Scheffler (2009) and Rebecca Ashdown (2014). It always raises a smile when I finally get to read something that has had so much influence and been referenced so many times and yet I had NOT a clue about it. I’m not sure the CGI is entirely convincing, as these cat-human hybrids seem much more of the latter than the former (the meowing is definitely unconvincing; Dame Judi Dench throwing a ham bone made me guffaw out loud). In his book of practical cats, Old Possum, (1888 -- 1965), a great modernist poet, let his hair down.To celebrate Old Possum's 75th anniversary we have commissioned lively new illustrations from Rebecca Ashdown for T. Eliot’s book became a HUGE hit at the theatre, courtesy of ALW, and I have seen the musical countless times, with various age groups. They are delightful poetry in their own right with varied use of language and phrasing and poetic devices.



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