This Edward Lear classic was one of my faourite poems as a child, and I bought this edition to read to my grandchildren. It is an excellent introduction to poetry with a simple but exotic tale, enriched with absolutely splendid illustrations by Ian Beck. The "year and a day" double-page spread is very imaginative - and incidentally instructive. I enjoyed reading it to my six-year old grand-daughter: she enjoyed both the story and the pictures. I think she will soon be reading it to her younger brother.
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