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The Adventures of Isabel

by Ogden Nash
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The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear’s big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I’ll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry.
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch’s face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch’s gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch crowed,
I’ll turn you into an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry,
She showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
But she turned the witch into milk and drank her.
Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forhead.
Good morning, Isabel, the giant said,
I’ll grind your bones to make my bread.
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She nibled the zwieback that she always fed off,
And when it was gone, she cut the giant’s head off.
Isabel met a troublesome doctor,
He punched and he poked till he really shocked her.
The doctor’s talk was of coughs and chills
And the doctor’s satchel bulged with pills.
The doctor said unto Isabel,
Swallow this, it will make you well.
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She took those pills from the pill concocter,
And Isabel calmly cured the doctor.

  — Ogden Nash

Copyright © 2008. All Rights Reserved. From The Adventures of Isabel. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

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From The Adventures of Isabel

Meet Isabel, a remarkable girl (based on Ogden Nash’s own daughter) who encounters four fearsome foes and doesn’t worry, scream or scurry. Courage, pluck, and a lot of humor help make Isabel’s adventures something you’ll share over and over again.

Beautiful watercolor paintings bring The Adventures of Isabel vividly to life, while the audio CD of Ogden Nash reading his classic poem will let everyone follow the amazing exploits of Isabel!

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About the Author

Frederic Ogden Nash, better-known simply as Ogden Nash, was an American poet famous for his light verse. During his life, from 1902-1971, he wrote more than 500 humorous poems and was noted for his clever and unusual rhymes.

Although he wrote mostly for adults, his humorous poems for children are among his most popular works.

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