Saturday, August 18, 2007

"The Jabberwocky"


Sophie and I read Alice in Wonderland about 2 years ago. We reread it again earlier this year along with Through the Looking Glass. While reading the 2nd book Sophie became fascinated by the poem Alice reads called "The Jabberwocky". We printed out a copy of the poem and she has been reading it over and over again. She listens to this Alice in Wonderland story that we found on Kiddie Records. Alice recites the entire poem on this record.

Tonight was our church Talent show and Sophie decided that she wanted to recite the poem as her talent. She practiced it a few times today and then tonight she got up on stage and recited it word for word. We were thrilled that she did it so well. She hadn't been able to get all the way through it during practice and we thought we would have to prompt her. But she made it.

For those that don't know this poem... Here it is.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

We are so proud of our girl!

3 comments:

Cellista said...

This is one of my favorite poems!! It's just so fun to say.

my5wolfcubs said...

Wonderful, Sophie! When I read Alice in Wonderland aloud I had a very hard time with this poem...I just couldn't pronounce those words! :)
Lee

Dave, Brooke, and Ellie said...

Sorry to have missed that!! We'll have to hear a repeat at the campout... :)