What nonsense and bosh to mark Edward Lear’s 204th birthday!
Edward Lear bicentenary 2012 logo
Three ways to celebrate this year’s International Owl and Pussycat Day 2016 to mark Edward Lear’s birthday on 12 May.
- You could read the famous and favourite poem in whatever language you choose!
You can find the original poem at www.nonsenselit.org
2. You could sort back here through years of occasional blogposts for lots of ideas for celebrating or teaching nonsense!
3. You could buy something nonsensical and joyous like these “puppetry training aids” that I found in crazy and colourful Danish store Tiger emerging online and across UK high streets:
Only a £1 or 2 for these puppetry teaching aids at Tiger
And some suitable puppetry training nonsense ideas to use these wiggly eye rings (this sounds better in Danish):
Celebrate wildlife however weird, wacky or fantastical.
Posted by Mark Norris on International Owl and Pussycat Day 2016
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Today’s marking of Edward Lear’s 203rd birthday 12 May 2015, celebrating this pioneering wildlife illustrator and creator of nonsense verse, celebrates his nonsense botany:
A beautiful little something from our collection, using the 1988 centenary stamps and a great Owl and Pussycat postmark!
If you want to find out more about using postage stamps within teaching, check out the blog posts and links on our Darwin200 stamp zoo website blog
Find out more about Edward Lear, his famous poems and teaching and literacy ideas on the links and previous posts of this blog.
Happy Birthday Mr Lear!
Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo
You can find more about the 1988 stamps and individual pictures at this website:
We hope that more special first day covers are designed for the 2012 celebrations.
Maybe you could ask students to design some nonsensical commemorative stamps for Edward Lear’s birthday, maybe to go with an invitation to a nonsense birthday party for Mr. Lear?
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Tagged Edward Lear, nonsense poetry, nonsense verse, philately, postage stamps, teaching, The Owl and the Pussycat, Victorians