TWINKLE, TWINKLE IN WONDERLAND AND ELSEWHERE

There’s “Twinkle, twinkle little star.” It’s a nursery rhyme known to virtually every child who grew up speaking English. We know it by heart.

Then, there’s the Lewis Carroll version.

The Mad Hatter reciting "Twinke, twinkle Little Bat," as illustrated by John Tenniel

The Mad Hatter reciting “Twinke, twinkle Little Bat,” as illustrated by John Tenniel in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” is a poem recited by the Mad Hatter in chapter seven of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is a parody of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star“. Walt Disney used it in his movie version (but has the Dormouse reciting it rather than the Mad Hatter). It has always made me laugh. That’s me, laughing. For more than fifty years.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat,
How I wonder what you’re at:
Up above the world you fly
Like a tea tray in the sky,
Up above the world you fly
Like at tea tray in the sky.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat,
How I wonder what you’re at:
Up above the world you fly
Like a tea tray in the sky.

TWINKLE | THE DAILY POST

7 thoughts on “TWINKLE, TWINKLE IN WONDERLAND AND ELSEWHERE

  1. aha. Now I know who Alan Rickman reminded me of; the Tenniel drawing of the Mad Hatter. =)
    Always liked Alice in Wonderland, but for some reason most British children’s books puzzled me. They weren’t really for children to read, but adults to read TO them, I think. I never did quite understand Wind in The Willows, either.

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    • I actually never liked Wind in the Willows and don’t think it really IS a children’s book. Carroll wrote on two levels. Yes, it was for children, but it was also a parody of British politics and the pictures by Tenniel are all caricatures of Victorian politicians. There’s a lot going on in his books, so you can read them as a children’s fantasy, but also as an adult for the humor.

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