Written by Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by Jane Breskin Zalben. First edition thus, 1986. Henry Holt and Company, New York.
"The time has come," the walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes - and ships - and sealing wax -
Of cabbages - and kings -
And why the sea is boiling hot -
And whether pigs have wings."
The Walrus and The Carpenter is a nonsense poem that appears in Lewis Carroll's classic children's book Through the Looking-Glass (1871). It tells the story of two characters who lure a group of young oysters to join them for a walk on the beach, only to eat them at the end. The poem is full of wordplay, satire and irony, and has been interpreted in various ways by critics and readers. Some see it as a commentary on morality, religion or politics, while others view it as a whimsical fantasy with no deeper meaning.
Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an English author, poet, mathematician and photographer. He was born on January 27, 1832, in Daresbury, England and died on January 14, 1898, in Guildford, England. He is best known for his children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871), which are full of whimsical characters and wordplay.
Jane Breskin Zalben (1950 -) is an American author and illustrator of children's books and young adult books. She has written books about Jewish holidays, featuring characters such as Beni the Bear and Pearl the Lamb. She has also published novels that explore themes of friendship, family, and self-reliance. She was born in New York City and studied art at Queens College and Pratt Institute. She worked as a graphic designer and art director before becoming a full-time writer and illustrator. She has published about fifty books for young readers and has received many awards and honors for her work.
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Condition*: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear; two small closed tears at head of spine and top back corner, both taped from inside; lightly bumped bottom front corner. Black cloth cover boards. Pages are clean, complete, and undamaged.
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