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The Best Nonsense Verses, Collected by Josephine Dodge Daskam

Nonsense
The Best Nonsense Verses, Collected by Josephine Dodge Daskam

From Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky to limericks written by Edward Lear, some of the crankiest, most logical and lyrical people turn common sense upside-down. May they inspire the child inside of you to find your way through the most challenging situations with a new set of eyes!

Josephine Dodge Daskam, aka Josephine Daskam Bacon, selected these nonsense verses with the permission of their authors Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, W.S. Gilbert, Guy Wetmore Carryl, Charles E. Carryl, Oliver Herford, Gelett Burgess, George du Maurier, and Rudyard Kipling.

The Best Nonsense Verses, read for you by Grace Buchanan:


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Image credit:
CD cover designed by Grace Buchanan. Illustrations:
54, from A Book of Nonsense, by Edward Lear, via Wikimedia Commons;
Grandfathers little nurse, by Paul Hey, via U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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Boys And Girls, by James W. Foley

Boys And Girls
Boys And Girls, by James W. Foley

Many of these 114 poems were written from children’s points of view. I especially enjoyed reading “Old Hallowe’en Friends”. The poem is spoken by a spunky young girl who talks herself out of being frightened by a Jack ‘O Lantern.


I performed for you:
Track #96 Old Hallowe’en Friends
Track #99 Verses of a Little Child. Reading this one broke my heart
Track #110 To Children at the Hearth. I had my own children in mind, speaking to one at a time for each section

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Illustration “Song Of Summer Days” from the frontispiece for “Boys And Girls“. CD cover design by Annise for LibriVox, Public Domain.

Leave It To Psmith, Chapter 4, by P.G. Wodehouse

I have little patience for slapstick and vulgur English humor, but savor the restrained clowniness of certain British actors. John Reid of D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and Edward Petherbridge of the Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery Series inspired me as I recorded Chapter 4 of Leave It To Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse, Painful Scene At The Drones Club.

 

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