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The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: January 4, 2014

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT is one of my personal all-time favorite songs in the Sing Books repertoire.  It’s very exciting that songwriter/ author/playwright Julia Donaldson decided to add a chapter to the story!

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further adventures of owl and the pussycat
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Music by Julia Donaldson
Words  by Julia Donaldson
Original Poem by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake
ISBN 978-0141332888 (2013 hardcover)
ISBN 978-0141332970 (2014 paperback)

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A lesson plan and activity packet from Penguin Books, here:
http://www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/assets/FurtherAdventuresOwlPussycat_PuffinVirtuallyLive.pdf

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Online blog book review here includes videos and images from the book:
http://londonmumsmagazine.com/2013/the-owl-and-the-pussycat-new-adventures

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Blog on NY Times about FURTHER ADVENTURES:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/catching-up-with-the-owl-and-the-pussycat/?_r=0

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Julia Donaldson’s thoughts on writing this sequel (and the importance of reading to children), here:
http://metro.co.uk/2013/08/27/gruffalo-author-julia-donaldson-dont-test-children-read-to-them-3935622/

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Julia Donaldson give thoughts on the sequel and what went into writing it:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10257895/Julia-Donaldson-on-how-Edward-Lears-poems-influenced-her.html

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A half hour video program about the FURTHER ADVENTURES with Puffin Books, here:
http://www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/author/juliadonaldson

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Julia Donaldson introduces THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehjPgkfMK8k

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Another video on YouTube with Julia Donaldson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GNT_jMOpR0

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Julia Donaldson sings her song with her husband playing guitar, at live performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g28eYjXbHyU

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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT
Words by Julia Donaldson
Adaptation of THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (by Edward Lear)

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sleep
By the light of the moon so pale.
Their beautiful ring was tied with string
In a bow round the Pussy-cat’s tail.

They dreamed of mice, and raspberry ice,
While slumbering cheek to cheek.
But down flew a crow who unraveled the bow
And flew off with the ring in his beak,
His beak, his beak, his beak,
And flew off the ring in his beak.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat woke next day
To find that their ring had gone.
They wept in the shade of the Bong-tree glade
Where never the sun had shone.

The Owl sang songs of terrible wrongs
While Puss blew her nose on a leaf.
Then she said with a yowl, “O lugubrious Owl,”
Let us travel in search of the thief
The thief, the thief, the thief,
Let us travel in search of the thief.”

The Owl and the Pussy-cat sailed away
In a beautiful blue balloon.
They took some jam, and a honey-roast ham,
Which they at with a runcible spoon.

They sought the ring from autumn to spring,
Till they came to the Chankly Bore.
And there stood the crow, with his head hanging low,
Shedding tears on the silvery shore,
The shore, the shore, the shore
Shedding tears on the silvery shore.

“Alas and alack,” said that bird so black,
“Tis I who have caused you woes.”
I fear I have sold your ring of gold
To the Pobble who has no toes.”

So they crossed the sea, and the Jelly Bo Lee
To the Pobble’s improbable land.
And there he sat, with his Aunt and her Cat,
And they spotted the ring on his hand
His hand, his hand, his hand
And they spotted their ring on his hand.

“Dear Friends,” said the Pobble. “You see how I hobble,
For all of my toes have gone,
Yet my fingers are fine, and this ring is divine.
O do let me keep it on!”

Said the Owl, “Too-whoo!” and with Pussy he flew,
To visit the Calico Doves,
Who flapped in the air, while they knitted a pair
Of impeccable gossamer gloves,
Two gloves, two gloves, two gloves,
To impeccable gossamer gloves.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat showed the gloves
To the Pobble who has no toes,
And both of them fitted, so well they were knitted,
In stripes of magenta and rose.

“I am quite in love, with the right-had glove,
And the left is a joy to behold.”
He clapped and hopped, and he willingly swapped
The gloves for the ring of bright gold,
Bright gold, bright gold, bright gold
The gloves for the ring of bright gold.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat sailed back home
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
They dined on stew with the Jumbly crew
And the Dong with the luminous nose.

They danced a jig with the Turkey and Pig
Then sang to the Owl’s guitar,
“O dearest love, by the stars up above,
How delightfully happy we are
We are, we are, we are,
How delightfully happy we are.”

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Related Posts

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EDWARD LEAR

A list of books with musical settings of, and illustrating Singable Picture Book versions of, Edward Lear’s poems:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/singable-picture-book-spotlight-1302011-edward-lear-and-william-mathias-learsongs/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
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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THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/the-owl-and-the-pussycat-a-singable-book-and-all-the-fix-ins/

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Sing Books With Emily’s Top 10 Favorite Illustrated Songs of 2014 (and a few others, too)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/sing-books-with-emilys-top-10-favorite-illustrated-songs-of-2014-and-a-few-others-too/

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