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...went to the woods, caught a lion

Went to the Woods, Caught a Lion

Went to the Woods, Caught a Lion

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Axel Scheffler / Frantz Wittkamp

Went to the Woods, Caught a Lion

Foundlings

Artwork by Axel Scheffler

2nd ed. published 2016. 48 pages From the age of 1 years up All rights available

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Went to the Woods, Caught a Lion

Foundlings

Scheffler's fantastic illustrations pared with Frantz Wittkamp's subtly cryptic quatrains are produced by great champions – particularly wonderful because they playfully and ironically boil small bits of wisdom to an essence.

Frantz Wittkamp's »Foundlings« follow a long tradition of nonsense and aphorisms – wonderful pieces of worldly wisdom about people, animals and other strange creatures – expertly rhymed, very amusing and sometimes also sad. Axel Scheffler's amazing illustrations help see how playfully cunning and ironic they can be from time to time.

On the ground right next to me,
a big black animal you see.
Sometimes it licks my cheek,
for we've know each other over a week.

I know some dangerous creatures,
the dragon seems the worst.
But when I photograph its features,
into laughter it will burst.