Adventures Of Isabel Poem by Ogden Nash

Adventures Of Isabel

Rating: 3.6

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry.
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch's face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch's gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch crowed,
I'll turn you into an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry,
She showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
But she turned the witch into milk and drank her.
Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forhead.
Good morning, Isabel, the giant said,
I'll grind your bones to make my bread.
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She nibled the zwieback that she always fed off,
And when it was gone, she cut the giant's head off.
Isabel met a troublesome doctor,
He punched and he poked till he really shocked her.
The doctor's talk was of coughs and chills
And the doctor's satchel bulged with pills.
The doctor said unto Isabel,
Swallow this, it will make you well.
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She took those pills from the pill concocter,
And Isabel calmly cured the doctor.

Adventures Of Isabel
Angela Holder 29 May 2009

It's a great poem, I learnt it in school in New Zealand many, many years ago. BUT there is a spelling error in the poem as given here. It's 'nibbled', not 'nibled'. As this is an educational site, maybe you could correct it?

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you right 12 March 2018


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bro 23 February 2022

who cares

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; '; '; '; ' 03 March 2022

shut up my

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Natasha i 24 February 2012

Natalie Merchant did great job with this one.

128 72 Reply

poor witch- also, just- the- uhhhm....some people have been comenting some wierd things-

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BUSSY SAKA ;) 02 May 2022

kids i have to go get milk i will not be back

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Bussy saka ;) 02 May 2022


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(: Bussy saka : ) 02 May 2022


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big daddy 14 March 2022

my god f me

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