The Owl and the Pussycat

Owl and the Pussycat illustration - poems for kids
The classic romance about a love affair between an owl, a cat and a runcible spoon.
The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and The Pussycat vintage illustration - in a boat on the sea - poems for kidsThe Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl and The Pussycat vintage illustration - owl playing guitar - poems for kids

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

The Owl and The Pussycat vintage illustration - sunrise on the boat - poems for kids

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”

The Owl and The Pussycat vintage illustration - sighting land- poems for kids

They sailed away for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

The Owl and The Pussycat vintage illustration - the pig and the ring- poems for kids

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”

So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

The Owl and The Pussycat vintage illustration - married by the turkey - poems for kids
They dinèd on mince, and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

The Owl and The Pussycat vintage illustration - dancing by the light of the moon - poems for kids

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

 

Are you seeking more stories about love to read to your child? Read our review of the Ten Best Children’s Picture Books About Love

POEMS FOR KIDS BY EDWARD LEAR

Vintage illustrations by William Foster

LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEM ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS

Empathy, Love

1. If you were an Owl, can you think of some reasons why might you love a Pussycat?

2. If you were a Pussycat, can you think of some reasons why you might love an Owl?

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