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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (and a few poems there-in), Singable Picture Book (Thank You, Mr. Webber)

Posted on: August 10, 2012

I found this book a few years ago and went through it with the Cats musical soundtrack and was a little put off that the music did not exactly follow the original words in most cases.  To sing the poems as they are written will take considerable work with an arranger, but as some point, I would so LOVE to do that for the opportunity to share the poems and their Singable Picture Books with children and to sing with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical.

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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Words by T.S. Eliot
Set to Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the musical CATS
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Note: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical CATS is based on this book of poetry!

When I was in my 20’s living single in NYC it seemed all the rage to poo-poo the mega-musicals.  But, at least in the case of Cats, there is some real educational value to them as a wonderful book of poetry by T. S. Eliot inspired the show.  And the poems are wonderful and, honestly, I love the songs.  And, I remember seeing and loving the musical.  I’d certainly never seen anything like it before!  The dancing was amazing, the costumes, the whole deal.  I loved it.  This will be a project well worth taking up.  It all starts with the poems.

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The book is also notably, wonderfully, illustrated by Edward Gorey…

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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Poems by T.S. Eliot
Set to Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the musical CATS
Illustrated by Edward Gorey
Note: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical CATS is based on this book of poetry!

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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Poems by T.S. Eliot
Set to Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the musical CATS
Illustrated by Edward Gorey
Note: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical CATS is based on this book of poetry!
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Errol Le Cain illustrated many of the poems individually.

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Mr. Mistoffelees with Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer
Poem by T. S. Elliot
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Illustrated by Errol Le Cain

The Michael Sporn Animation Blog dedicates a post to Mr. Mistoffelees (including many images from the book),
***First Post: http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=1224
***Second Post: http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=1228

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Growltiger’s Last Stand (and Other Poems)
Poem by T. S. Elliot
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Illustrated by Errol Le Cain

The Michael Sporn Animation Blog dedicates a post to Growltigter ((including many images from the book)),
***First Post: http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=931
***Second Post:  http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=2107

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Wiki article about “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Possum’s_Book_of_Practical_Cats

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In this recording, T. S. Eliot reads his poems,

Preview the readings, here:
http://www.amazon.com/T-S-Eliot-reads-Possums-Practical/dp/B004MDKGN2/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342039700&sr=301-1

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Click here to see artist Amanda Tracy’s photo stream for her design and illustration for “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,”
http://www.amandatracydesign.com/Old-Possum-s-Book-of-Practical-Cats

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These poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the musical CATS:

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Wiki article about the musical CATS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_(musical)

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Related Posts

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-poetry/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS
A List of Illustrated Compilations of Children’s Poetry with Singable Poems
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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