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The Pelican Chorus: and Other Nonsense

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Illustrations by a Caldecott Honor winner accompany three of the author's familiar nonsensical tales, including The Pelican Chorus, The Owl and the Pussycat, and The New Vestments. Reprint.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by HarperTrophy (first published 1907)
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May 29, 2014 Silvio111 rated it it was amazing
Truly the best poem ever.
35 years ago when my kids were small, I read them a version published by the Parents' Magazine Press. I am pretty sure it was written and illustrated by Edward Lear, but I could be wrong about the illustrations. (Lear was originally a landscape painter before he wrote children's poems. I think he was somewhat like Beatrix Potter in that he started writing nonsense to please young relations; his large Victorian family had been split up when his parents died.)

"The themes i
Jul 03, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
It is no surprise to me why this illustrator won the Caldecott. The pictures are beautiful, amusing, and (to my husband) obscene. I can't help, though, but think that the three stories in here are celebrations or critiques of the class system and/or British colonialism. ...But that may be because I'm an English major in a personal renaissance. :-)
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Feb 19, 2016 The Brothers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonsense, poetry
Excellent collection of three silly, nonsensical poems. Both boys loved it.

The illustrations are fabulous.
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A book full of tales starting with the story of a man whose ridiculous outfit gets eaten right off of him.
Apr 10, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it
Typical Lear with beautiful illustrations
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Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator and writer known for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form which he popularized.

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