Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Banksia Man


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BANKSIA MAN

Joseph Banks
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When Captain Cook came to Australia
Joseph Banks came too.
He was a famous botanist;
Many plants that he found were new.
The one above is the Banksia,
To which he gave his name.
For his work he was knighted,
Enjoying years of fame.
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May Gibbs
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May Gibbs was an author
And she was famous too,
For writing books for children,
As authors often do.
She wrote about 'Gumnut Babies';
Her books were widely read.
Australian mothers read the books
To sleepy children in bed.
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A modern version
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Now, in the 'Gumnut Babies'
An awful villain appeared;
He was the dreadful Banksia Man,
By all the Gumnuts feared!
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An original drawing.
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It doesn't take much imagination
To see from whence he came!
I wonder what Joseph Banks would have felt
About the villain's name!
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Another view of botany here:
http://rinklyrimes.blogspot.com/2009/04/once-upon-time.html


9 comments:

Sistertex said...

Wow...a great post, enjoyed it. Nice bit of history, great prose. :)

soulbrush said...

what a fun post. thanks for mentioning that fact about big ben's bell, i made a mistake and have asked the team to edit it for me.

Sylvia K said...

Fun and interesting post as always, Brenda! Love the history and your words are always perfect! Have a great week!

Sylvia

marcia@joyismygoal said...

nice lesson in red

Cindy said...

I am so glad you stopped by so I could find you. What a great and interesting blog you have! I love those cute babies in the story books and intend to find out more about them and their stories. I had never heard of them.
Blessings!

JOE TODD said...

Got sidetracked researching Gumnut Babies Grandkids might like.. Thanks for your informative post.

Shey said...

You definitely have a way with words. A fun read! Informative & interesting at the same time.

LadyFi said...

Oh, that's priceless: a Gumnuts villain... I like it!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was fun! I feel like I have been read a bedtime story .