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The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple

by Edward Lear


Edward Lear (1812-1888)

Two parrots were sitting on a perch.
One said to the other, "Do you smell fish?"
(Groan......)

'The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple' also includes parrots, but seven, not two. The story also has fish, but not necessarily perch.

Written by Edward Lear, his first full-length nonsense story and published in 1865, it is about families of common birds, animals and fish. It describes their lives in easily understandable terms, even though Lear introduces some new words — a flocibule he is well noted for. His accompanying illustrations are also fanciful but easy for us to connect with the narrative.

Lear takes advantage of the popularity of the number seven to make the characters of this story more believable. For this story is, without doubt, either based on true, factual events that Lear witnessed, or it is not.

  1. Introductory
  2. The Seven Families
  3. The Habits of the Seven Families
  4. The Children of the Seven Families
  5. The History of the Seven Young Parrots
  6. The History of the Seven Young Storks
  7. The History of the Seven Young Geese
  8. The History of the Seven Young Owls
  9. The History of the Seven Young Guinea Pigs
  10. The History of the Seven Young Cats
  11. The History of the Seven Young Fishes
  12. Of What Occurred Subsequently
  13. Of What Became of the Parents of the Forty-Nine Children
  14. Conclusion
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