The Walrus and the Carpenter

13 Aug

A silly little tale from May 1961:

The Walrus and the Carpenter

The adventures of that oddly matched pair, the Walrus and the Carpenter, were first noted in rhyme by Lewis Carroll nearly 100 years ago in his famous nonsense story, “Through the Looking Glass.” Now a new chapter has been written at the Coney Island Aquarium, a branch of the New York Zoological Society. The Walrus in our story had a habit of wandering out of her confines and mingling with – sometimes even frightening – visitors who didn’t know her friendly and inquisitive traits. She was only in quest of fish, which somehow she felt human beings should carry in their pockets. So the Carpenter was called in to build a fence around her quarters: three, in fact, the last 7 1/2-feet high and faced with plywood so she couldn’t get a toe hold.

This one has worked – so far.


  • (1) THIS IS OOKIE, a friendly Walrus. She’s getting started on scaling a 3 1/2-foot fence.

  • (2) OVER OOKIE GOES, getting to the other side where there are many interesting people. There’s a Carpenter in the story, too. He built the fence to keep Ookie away from the people.

  • (3)  SO HE BUILT A NEW FENCE, this one higher – 5 1/2 feet – in an attempt to thwart Ookie.

  • (4) BUT A TOE HOLD on the first plank is all Ookie needs. So over the fence she goes again.

  • (5) ENTER THE CARPENTER – to build a higher wall: 7 1/2 feet. Now Ookie really seems baffled.

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