When my son was young, like many parents, I used to read to him at bedtime. Such a special point in the day, when we could snuggle up together, him all warm and cosy after a bath. He loved stories but also poems and one of his favourites was The Jumblies by that quirkiest of poets, Edward Lear. The idea of little people with green heads and blue hands, setting off to sea in a sieve (he imagined one like we use for sifting flour rather than a garden sieve), made him laugh every time we read it. We still have our copy of The Jumblies, beautifully illustrated by Ian Beck. He’d recite the list of things they took and turn up his nose at the idea of ‘stinky’ Stilton. However, his favourite verse was the final one where Lear refers to the Torrible Zone and the Hills of the Chankly Bore.
This poem somehow epitomises Quirky Travel at its best; a crazy trip with lots of adventures along the way, then coming back home to celebrations and wondrous story-telling. Here’s the poem; hope you enjoy it as much as Alex did …
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‘The Jumblies’ by Edward Lear – illustration by Ian Beck
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