A Child's Garden of Verses: A Classic Illustrated Edition

A Child's Garden of Verses: A Classic Illustrated Edition

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by Robert Louis Stevenson, Cooper Edens, Chronicle Books
     
 

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This beautiful board book features eight of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic poems with antique illustrations by some of the best-known children's book illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Charles Robinson, H. Willebeek Le Mair and Jessie Willcox Smith. An unforgettable treat for the very youngest readers.

Overview

This beautiful board book features eight of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic poems with antique illustrations by some of the best-known children's book illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Charles Robinson, H. Willebeek Le Mair and Jessie Willcox Smith. An unforgettable treat for the very youngest readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rendered in brilliant candy-shop colors, Joanna Isles's folk-art designs, whimsical characters and striking typestyles put a beguiling face on a beloved work: Abrams's edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses glows with charm and vitality.
Publishers Weekly
A plethora of poetry books arrive just in time for National Poetry Month. Now available in a board book edition, A Child's Garden of Verses, compiled by Cooper Edens, pairs eight of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems with turn-of-the-century illustrations to captivate a child's imagination. For instance, "Happy Thought" ("The world is so full of a number of things,/ I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings") is embedded like a placard within a pen-and-ink by E. Mars (1900), while opposite, a 1940 illustration by Ruth Mary Hallock depicts a happy assembly of children and kittens, gathering for a snack break after a game of croquet. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
These classic poems and the equally classic illustrations have been repackaged in a board book format. The poems are fairly complex even for an older reader and the idea that they will be appreciated and understood by children under the age of four seems to be a bit of a stretch. Perhaps the soothing sounds are sufficient and perhaps it is never too soon to introduce complex language, but I do think children of this age will get a lot more enjoyment out of simple nursery rhymes. This board book, in my opinion is really not one I would select for young children. It may be quite useful in programs where children who are older cannot handle regular books and it may even appeal to grandparents and great-grandparents who enjoy looking at the pictures created nearly 100 years ago. 2004 (orig. 1989), Chronicle Books, Ages 6 mo. to 4.
—Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
A whole new generation of children and their parents will delight in discovering this reissue of Stevenson's poetry. Where else can one find such an excellent description of a child enjoying a ride on a swing, having fun with his/her shadow, erecting a wondrous city made of blocks, or sharing time with an imaginary playmate. The whole world opens up in such poems as "Foreign Lands," "Picture Books in Winter," and "My Bed is a Boat." A child's imagination is perfectly portrayed in "The Little Land" as the little boy closes his eyes and goes sailing off to the forest and fairyland and eventually returns home. The illustrations in both black-and-white sketches and full color perfectly capture the mood and action of each poem. Every picture is filled with details to enhance the words that illuminate the timelessness of childhood. A copy of this title should be in every collection, both in libraries and homes. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811841689
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/12/2004
Series:
Classic Illustrated Series
Pages:
20
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candle-light.

In summer quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people's feet

Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

Meet the Author

Cooper Edens is an author and illustrator who lives in Seattle, Washington. His other books include The Night Before Christmas (0-8118-1712-1), The Glorious Christmas Songbook (0-8118-2204-4), and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (0-8118-2274-5), all publi

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 13, 1850
Date of Death:
December 3, 1894
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Vailima, Samoa
Education:
Edinburgh University, 1875

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A Child's Garden of Verses: A Classic Illustrated Edition 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
msbunnyNH More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as a child, and really do give it as a gift quite often. It's fun to read to a young child, and for them to read later on their own. This edition has the best illustrations, don't settle for any other!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to read the full copy to my nieces. When my daughter was born, I searched for another full copy. Only the board book was available at the time so I bought it, figuring the highlights were better than nothing. I'm still buying the full copy because some of my favorite verses aren't included in this version. But a great start if you haven't read this before. And the board book format is a hit with the little ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a copy of this book (The full version) that was printed in around 1916, it is falling apart at the bindings because of being read so much. A lot of the reading was before my time, but a lot was after as well. I am twenty now, and I still enjoy reading this book. My mother read it to me before I could read it myself. I have quite a few of the poems memorized, and I look forward to reading this to my neice and my children when I have my own. Buy this book and read it to little ones of all ages, it is wonderful and amazing.
MaryLamb More than 1 year ago
I love to give this particular book as a baby gift because it's beautifully and colorfully illustrated, it's just the right size, and it has some of the world's most loved children's poems. The baby's - and parent's - appreciation for the book grows as the child does, and there is more for him or her to notice.
poetry4life More than 1 year ago
I love these poems but the back binding was crumpled. I did not notice this until I had already given it to my granddaughter.
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I bought this as a gift for an adult collector. I consider it a classic and therefore collectible for any bibliophile.
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