Saturday, November 22, 2014

The pattypol, linking gloon, baggle, wogg, chingo chee and cantilunar dog

I had some fun during the past week with Pulitzer Prize winner Laura E. Richards' 1890 children's book In My Nursery, highlighting parts of the trippy poems and illustrations "The Owl and the Eel and the Warming-Pan" and "The Shark."

But I must admit that In My Nursery is a fabulously creative and imaginative book of poetry for children.

Perhaps there is no better example than "The Little Gnome," which features a set of creatures dreamed up by Richards and illustrated by an artist named Birch. It's full of fabulous language too; my favorite word might by sobbywobbed, which deserves a spot in the lexicon.

But don't take my word for it. Here, in all its glory and for your enjoyment, are the four pages of "The Little Gnome." And thank you, Richards and Birch. We won't let you be forgotten.

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