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The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten   By: (1863-1935)

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Oliver Herford's charming illustrated book, The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten, is a delightful tribute to the feline world. With a whimsical and playful tone reminiscent of the original Rubáiyát by Omar Khayyám, Herford takes readers on a poetic journey through the eyes of a mischievous Persian kitten.

The book's format, featuring short rhyming quatrains accompanied by adorable, humorous illustrations of kittens, immediately captivates readers of all ages. Through Herford's witty verses and adorable illustrations, he manages to effortlessly capture the essence of a curious, carefree kitten's adventures.

The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten skillfully blends humor, clever wordplay, and a touch of whimsy, creating a unique reading experience. Herford's use of memorable imagery and playful language paints vivid pictures of a world seen through a kitten's eyes. With each turn of the page, readers are enticed to follow the kitten as it explores the world around, from flower fields to starry skies.

Furthermore, Herford's ability to imbue feline characteristics into his verses allows readers to relate to the kitten's mischievous and independent nature. The poems not only entertain but also offer subtle messages about life and the pursuit of joy, reminding readers to embrace the present moment and find delight in the simplest of things.

Artistically, the book is a visual feast. Herford's talent shines through in the delicate and whimsical illustrations that accompany each poem. The intricate details and vibrant colors bring the adorable kittens to life, further enhancing the overall reading experience. The illustrations perfectly complement the verses, capturing the playful spirit of the kitten and adding an extra layer of charm to the book.

While The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten may seem lighthearted at first glance, it is undoubtedly a book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Children will be enthralled by the lovable kittens and the rhythmic verses, while adults will appreciate the book's subtle wit and clever wordplay.

In conclusion, The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten is a delightful book that tickles the imagination and warms the heart. Oliver Herford's merging of poetry and adorable illustrations create a poetic journey through a feline world, reminding readers to cherish the simplicity and joy in everyday life. Whether read aloud or enjoyed privately, this book is sure to charm cat lovers and poetry enthusiasts alike, leaving a lasting smile on their faces.

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The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten

By Oliver Herford


New York · Charles Scribner's Sons Mcmvi

Copyright, 1904, by Oliver Herford

The De Vinne Press.

The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten

Wake! for the Golden Cat has put to flight The Mouse of Darkness with his Paw of Light: Which means, in Plain and simple every day Unoriental Speech The Dawn is bright.


They say the Early Bird the Worm shall taste. Then rise, O Kitten! Wherefore, sleeping, waste The Fruits of Virtue? Quick! the Early Bird Will soon be on the Flutter O make haste!


The Early Bird has gone, and with him ta'en The Early Worm Alas! the Moral's plain, O Senseless Worm! Thus, thus we are repaid For Early Rising I shall doze again.


The Mouse makes merry 'mid the Larder Shelves, The Bird for Dinner in the Garden delves. I often wonder what the creatures eat One half so toothsome as they are Themselves.


And that Inverted Bowl of Skyblue Delf That helpless lies upon the Pantry Shelf Lift not your eyes to It for help, for It Is quite as empty as you are yourself... Continue reading book >>

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