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
     
 

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Here is a classic, illustrated edition of one of the best loved poetry collections in the world. Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 pictures by the most distinguished children's book artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this edition of A Child's Garden of Verses contains all the poems that appeared in the original book,

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Here is a classic, illustrated edition of one of the best loved poetry collections in the world. Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 pictures by the most distinguished children's book artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this edition of A Child's Garden of Verses contains all the poems that appeared in the original book, published over 100 years ago.

This is a volume to be cherished for a lifetime: by parents and by grandparents who grew up with the poems and, most of all, by children who are being introduced to this extraordinary collection for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
BOOKLIST, Starred Review, November 1, 1989
The poems are oh-so familiar and the artwork extends the nostalgia; yet Cooper Edens' conception, choice of illustration, and the juxtaposition of the art and text on the page bring a new appreciation of both words and pictures. More than 100 selections from illustrators from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries grace the crisp white pages in a pleasing mix of full color and black and white. The works, mostly taken from previously illustrated editions of Stevenson's famous collection, are by such well-known artists as Jessie Wilcox Smith, Charles Robinson, H. Willebeek Le Mair, Margaret Tarrant, and Willy Pogany. Sources and a short biography of the poet are appended. M. Dibdin Spooner's painting for "The Land of Counterpane" appears on the dust jacket, making an enticing invitation to enter Stevenson's rich and magical world; those who respond will cherish the experience.

REDBOOK, 10 Best New Picturebooks for Kids
First published in 1885, Stevenson's classic collection has never gone out of print. This glorious new edition includes 64 evocative poems, over 100 timeless illustrations and a one-page biography of the well-loved author. It is a stunning treasury that belongs in every child's library.

AMERICAN BOOKSELLER, Pick of the Lists, August 1989
Drawing generously from many of the great illustrated editions of the past hundred years, this lavish version of the classic treasury makes an excellent gift.

Top Ten Picture Books of the Year Redbook

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877016083
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
08/28/1989
Series:
Classic Illustrated Series
Pages:
124
Sales rank:
38,498
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

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From the Publisher

BOOKLIST, Starred Review, November 1, 1989
The poems are oh-so familiar and the artwork extends the nostalgia; yet Cooper Edens' conception, choice of illustration, and the juxtaposition of the art and text on the page bring a new appreciation of both words and pictures. More than 100 selections from illustrators from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries grace the crisp white pages in a pleasing mix of full color and black and white. The works, mostly taken from previously illustrated editions of Stevenson's famous collection, are by such well-known artists as Jessie Wilcox Smith, Charles Robinson, H. Willebeek Le Mair, Margaret Tarrant, and Willy Pogany. Sources and a short biography of the poet are appended. M. Dibdin Spooner's painting for "The Land of Counterpane" appears on the dust jacket, making an enticing invitation to enter Stevenson's rich and magical world; those who respond will cherish the experience.

REDBOOK, 10 Best New Picturebooks for Kids
First published in 1885, Stevenson's classic collection has never gone out of print. This glorious new edition includes 64 evocative poems, over 100 timeless illustrations and a one-page biography of the well-loved author. It is a stunning treasury that belongs in every child's library.

AMERICAN BOOKSELLER, Pick of the Lists, August 1989
Drawing generously from many of the great illustrated editions of the past hundred years, this lavish version of the classic treasury makes an excellent gift.

Top Ten Picture Books of the Year Redbook

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