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Old Possum's Book of Practical Catsby T. S. Eliot
Synopses & Reviews
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read Aloud Poetry)
T. S. Eliotand#8217;s playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats. Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler, this captivating edition makes a wonderful new home for Mr. Mistoffelees, Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity the mystery cat, and many other memorable strays. Itand#8217;s the perfect complement to the beloved previous edition, which remains available.
Re-illustrated version of T. S. Eliot's classic text.
Originally published in 1939 and inspiration for the popular musical Cats, this joyous collection of poems contains delightful and fanciful tales about a colorful cast of felines including Rum Tum Tugger, the Mystery Cat, and Mistoffelees, as they work, prowl and play.
About the Author
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, and became a British subject in 1927. The acclaimed poet of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, among numerous other poems, prose, and works of drama, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. T.S. Eliot died in 1965 in London, England, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
Table of Contents
Naming of cats — Old Gumbie cat — Growltiger's last stand — Rum Tum Tugger — Song of the Jellicles — Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer — Old Deuteronomy — Pekes and the pollicles — Mr. Mistoffelees — Macavity: Mystery cat — Gus: Theatre cat — Bustopher Jones: Cat about town — Skimbleshanks: Railway cat — Ad-dressing of cats — Cat Morgan introduces himself.
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