The Owl and the Pussycat
by Edward Lear

The Owl and the PussyCat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note...

And so begins one of the most popular children's books of all time, a charming tale told in the style of nursery rhymes. This is a good book to help kids learn to read: the rhythmical repetition of words and phrases throughout the story helps young readers learn new words - constant repetition being known to improve a child's flow of language.

If you're looking for funny poems for kids, this is a good choice. The humor is subtle - unlike the slapstick variety more commonly found in children's books - and comes mainly from the word-plays and puns in the book. The words have a deliciously resonant quality about them; kids will delight in rolling off their tongues such phrases as "runcible spoon", "bong-tree" and "dined on mince and slices of quince".


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