There are very few children’s classics that are such a joy to read over and over! Here at Silver Cross we absolutely love Edward Lear’s ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ and after it’s first publication in 1871, we wonder if the first children to read his story travelled around in our original coach prams as we were founded in 1877!
If you’re not familiar with the quirky story of the relationship between the Owl and Pussycat, you can read it below:
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound not.
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!’
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,
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 the 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,
They danced by the light of the moon.
We love it so much that we’ve decided to dedicate a whole toy range inspired by this wonderful poem and we hope it’ll continue to inspire more bedtime stories and playtime.
To celebrate our collection and the countdown to Christmas, we’re currently holding a Facebook competition for your chance to win it all – worth over £210! You can read all the details and find terms and conditions on our blog post It’s competition time (again!).