The owl and the pussycat

Come sail with "The Owl and the Pussycat"! Sing this enchanting rhyme, learn the whimsical lyrics, and enjoy sea-themed activities.


The owl and the pussycat song lyrics

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.

The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar, "O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl! How charmingly sweet you sing! O let us be married! too long we have tarried: But what shall we do for a ring?"

They sailed away, for a year and a day, To the land where the Bong-tree grows And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood With a ring at the end of his nose, His nose, His nose, With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will." So they took it away, and were married next day By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon.

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About the The owl and the pussycat song

“The Owl and the Pussycat” is a beloved nonsense poem by Edward Lear that tells the story of an unlikely duo setting off on a beautiful pea-green boat. This enchanting narrative poem, filled with whimsical imagery and fanciful adventures, captures the essence of friendship and love through the voyage of the owl and the pussycat across the sea.

With its lyrical verses and imaginative landscape, the poem has delighted readers and listeners of all ages, making it a timeless classic in children’s literature.

What your child can learn from it

Engaging with “The Owl and the Pussycat” offers a unique opportunity for children to practice English in a rich and creative context.

The poem’s vivid language and rhythmic flow help to develop an ear for the musicality of words, enhancing phonetic awareness and appreciation for rhyme and meter. As children follow the adventures of the owl and the pussycat, they are introduced to a variety of descriptive vocabulary and expressions, expanding their linguistic repertoire.

The narrative encourages imaginative thinking and creativity, inviting children to visualize the fantastical journey and the characters’ interactions.

Furthermore, the themes of friendship, love, and the joy of exploration are woven throughout the poem, providing a platform for discussions about emotions, relationships, and the beauty of diversity.

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Bringing “The Owl and the Pussycat” to life

To further immerse your child in the magical world of “The Owl and the Pussycat” consider these activities:

  • Create a Storyboard: Illustrate the poem with your child, drawing scenes from the owl and the pussycat’s journey. This activity can help with comprehension and recall, as children translate the poem’s narrative into visual form.
  • Build a Pea-Green boat: Craft a small boat from recycled materials or playdough, inspiring creative play and storytelling as your child reenacts the poem.
  • Compose a Tune: Set the poem to music, creating a simple melody that your child can sing along to. This enhances the poem’s rhythmical quality and makes recitation more enjoyable.

Embark on the whimsical voyage of “The Owl and the Pussycat” and let the waves of language and imagination carry you away!