Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Banksia Man



Joseph Banks
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.
May Gibbs
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.
A modern version
Now, in the 'Gumnut Babies'
An awful villain appeared;
He was the dreadful Banksia Man,
By all the Gumnuts feared!
An original drawing.
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!

Another view of botany here:


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!


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.

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 .