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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Illustration Friday: Alexander Beetle Escaping from a Match Box

My Mom use to read regularly to me from the 1927 poem book by A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six. One of my favorite poems was “Forgiven” It starts like this.

I found a little beetle: so that Beetle was his name, and I called him Alexander and he answered just the same. I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day. . . And Nanny let my beetle out- Yes, Nanny let my beetle out- - - She went and let my beetle out—and Beetle ran away.

I think that my Mom and I still love this poem.

13 Comments:

At 4:09 PM, Blogger vfm4 said...

i love that book... and that poem... and your matching illo.. very nice! :)

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Maybe Nanny accidently tried to use the beetle for a match, and didn't want to admit it?

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger Anonymous said...

I agree with Toni - Nannies can be quite blind most of the time.

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Jaimie said...

Your illustration of a remembered poem is very beautiful. I think it's amazing what we remember from our childhoods. All the more reason to pay particular attention to what we do and say to our own children.

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger Liliana said...

Yes! Oh my goodness, as soon as I saw the "it's difficult to catch an excited sort of beetle" I knew it was that A.A. Milne poem! Now We Are Six and When We Were Very Young were two of my favorite book when I was little. I still know most of the poem "The Four Friends" by heart. Great illo, and thanks for the great memory :)

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger Max said...

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At 10:06 PM, Blogger Max said...

Hey, thanks a lot! one question though; who is this Peter you are talking about?

Alexander Beetle looking good! Nice feeling indeed :)

 
At 12:15 AM, Anonymous aynaku said...

nice colours and composition...

 
At 7:31 AM, Blogger Cindra said...

I will have to look that one up. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my student's photo. I will have to show them your drawings. They are wonderful!

 
At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, your mom does still love this poem, and you picture. That's a fun name for matches! rr

 
At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Ginger *:) said...

Sweet Nanny... giving us the lesson that life is precious no matter how small. Now We Are Six is one of my most favorite childhood books. I used to love BINKER and Sneezles and Wheezles! Thanks for bringing back the memory, and with a wonderful illustration as well!

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

This is one of my most favorite books! I still have it today...vintage, ha!

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I liked the Milne po'ms, too. Used Twinkletoes as my Sr. quote from COLLEGE... what a prediction... I am still feckless and un-directed 30+ years later.... Your beetle has a better sense of purpose...

 

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