Hello, little birdies!
Our text today is from Lewis Carroll’s famous poem “Jabberwocky.” How many of you know the words? Written in 1872, the nonsense poem puts together a bunch of invented words that mean nothing, but from the context come together to tell a wonderful story. Part of the poem reads:
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
Much discussion has been given to what a Jabberwock actually is. The same goes for the Bandersnatch. I, of course, am most interested in the Jubjub bird. I wonder if they are a descendent of the peacock or of the toucan? I have never met one, and wonder if they may have gone extinct.
In Lewis Carroll’s later poem “The Hunting of the Snark,” we read:
“As to temper the Jubjub's a desperate bird,
Since it lives in perpetual passion:
Its taste in costume is entirely absurd—
It is ages ahead of the fashion:”
I, myself, have always wondered if the Jubjub was a shy bird living in Australia, named after its call that resembles the sound “Jub! Jub!” It is all very interesting. I may have to travel to Australia to do more research.
For today, though, the kind folks at BabyLit have given us a rendition of the Jubjub bird and a fun doodling prompt involving birds and names in DoodleLit. Take a look.
So until next time, don’t ruffle any feathers!
Sincerely, Professor Hawkins