Walrus and the Carpenter, The by Lewis Carroll

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A walrus and a carpenter encounter some oysters during their walk on the beach--an unfortunate meeting for the oysters.

About Lewis Carroll

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Born in Daresbury, England,in 1832, Charles Luthwidge Dodgson is better known by his pen mane of Lewis Carroll. He became a minister of the Church of England and a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was the author, under his own name, of An Elementary Treatise on Determinants (1867), Symbolic Logic (1896), and other scholarly treatises which would hardly have given him a place in English literature. Charles Dodgson might have been completely forgotten but for the work of his alter ego, Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll, shy in the company of adults, loved children and knew and understood the world of the imagination in which the most sensitive of them lived. So he put the little girl Alice Liddell into a dream-story and found himself famous as the author of Alice in Wonderland (1865). Through the Looking Glass followed in 1871. In recent years Carroll has been taken quite seriously as a major literary artist for adults as well. His works have come under the scrutiny of critics who have explained his permanent attractiveness in terms of existential and symbolic drama: The Alice books dramatize psychological realities in symbolic terms, being commentary on the nature of the human predicament rather than escape from it. In addition to his writing, Carroll was also a pioneering photographer, and he took many pictures of young children, especially girls, with whom he seemed to empathize. Jane Breskin Zalben has not only written and illustrated many children's books, but has also designed and acted as art director for most of them. She is the author of the well-known Beni books and many novels for older readers, including "Unfinished Dreams."" Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah" is the third book in her Pearl series, following "Pearl Plants a Tree" and "Pearl's Marigolds for Grandpa, " both of which are ABA Pick of the Lists. In addition to writing and illustrating, Jane devotes much of her time to teaching and encouraging children and aspiring artists. Presently, she lectures around the country on how to create picture books. She lives with her family and her rabbit, Zoe, on Long Island, New York.
Published October 25, 2011 by Novello, London. 4 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Although the collection is handy, the illustrations will just get once-over-lightly looks.

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Lewis Carroll's beloved nonsense poem about the walrus and the carpenter who amiably lure a bed of naive oysters to their dinner tablethen dine on themreaches new heights in nonsense with Zalben's ful

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PW called this book ""a fine presentation of [Carroll's] delightful classic."" Age 4-8.

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