Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 19, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
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T. S. Eliotís 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. Itís the perfect complement to the beloved previous edition, which remains available. †This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read Aloud Poetry)

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Five stars for the Edward Gorey illustrations alone. - Goodreads
Our copy has lovely pictures, too. - Goodreads
The poems are a delight as are Gorey's illustrations. - Goodreads
The strength of this book is the illustrations. - Goodreads
And the illustrations by Gorey are fabulous! - Goodreads
There are also illustrations to accompany some poems. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Danny Daley - Goodreads

Eliot wrote this book of cat poems for his godchildren. Really, the only light, singular poems of Eliot's career. He was known for his elusive ambiguity but these poems are full of brilliant but simple ideas that kids can enjoy and adults will find amusing. Excellent family poems. Read full review

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User Review  - Ficie - Goodreads

What a fun collection of poems about cats! Very enjoyable, especially if read out loud. This is my cat's description, to a tee: The Rum Tum Tugger is a terrible bore: When you let him in, then he ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

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