A Child's Garden of Verses

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This classic treasury by Robert Louis Stevenson invites children to take their first steps into the immense world that lies before them. Illustrated with more than 100 pictures by the most distinguished children's book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this stunning edition brings together some of the world's best-loved poems and most enchanting art.

Lavishly illustrated, this collection contains all the poems that appeared in the original edition ...

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Overview

This classic treasury by Robert Louis Stevenson invites children to take their first steps into the immense world that lies before them. Illustrated with more than 100 pictures by the most distinguished children's book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this stunning edition brings together some of the world's best-loved poems and most enchanting art.

Lavishly illustrated, this collection contains all the poems that appeared in the original edition published more than a century ago. Children's imaginations can roam freely through simple, evocative verses that explore the wonders of exotic lands, the magic of day passing into night, the sheer joy of swinging through the sun-filled air, and the coziness of dreaming in front of a fire on a winter's night. The pictures, brimming with color and lush detail, brilliantly capture this universal splendor of a child's imaginative world.

A collection of poems evoking the world and feelings of children.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479284337
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 134
  • Sales rank: 640,958
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1850, the only son of a wealthy engineer. His childhood was plagued by illness, making regular schooling impossible. He went to Edinburgh University at the age of 17 to study law, then spent the rest of his life traveling, trying to find a healthy climate. In 1876 he met a married woman, Fanny Osbourne, whom he followed to America and married after her divorce in 1880. Stevenson was a lively man of strong words and feelings, who decided to become a writer in his teens. His career took off when he published accounts of his travels. In 1881 he began Treasure Island, which was to make him famous when it was published in 1883. He started A Child's Garden of Verses while working on Treasure Island and revised it during a stay in England after 1884, when he also wrote Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He died suddenly in the South Seas in 1894.
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Table of Contents

Bed in Summer 9
A Thought 10
At the Seaside 11
Young Night Thought 12
Whole Duty of Children 13
Rain 14
Pirate Story 16
Foreign Lands 18
Windy Nights 20
Travels 21
Singing 23
Looking Forward 24
A Good Play 25
Where Go the Boats 26
Auntie's Skirts 27
The Land of Counterpane 29
The Land of Nod 30
My Shadow 32
System 35
A Good Boy 36
Escape at Bedtime 38
Marching Song 40
The Cow 42
Happy Thought 44
The Wind 46
Keepsake Mill 48
Good and Bad Children 49
Foreign Children 50
The Sun's Travels 52
The Lamplighter 53
My Bed is a Boat 54
The Moon 57
The Swing 58
Time to Rise 59
Looking-Glass River 60
Fairy Bread 62
From a Railway Carriage 64
Wintertime 65
The Hayloft 66
Farewell to the Farm 68
North-West Passage
1 Good Night 69
2 Shadow March 70
3 In Port 71
The Child Alone
The Unseen Playmate 74
My Ship and I 75
My Kingdom 76
Picture Books in Winter 78
My Treasures 80
Block City 81
The Land of Storybooks 82
Armies in the Fire 84
The Little Land 86
Garden Days
Night and Day 90
Nest Eggs 92
The Flowers 94
Summer Sun 96
The Dumb Soldier 98
Autumn Fires 100
The Gardener 102
Historical Associations 104
Envoys
To Willie and Henrietta 106
To my Mother 107
To Auntie 108
To Minnie 110
To my Name-Child 113
To any Reader 116
Acknowledgements 118
Robert Louis Stevenson 120
A Short Biography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2010

    poor quality version

    This classic Stevenson compilation, contrary to the description, has numerous scanning errors which make many of the poems illegible. The drawings are fabulous and given that it's a free version, it may be worthwhile to download just for the drawings. But if you want to read the poems with your children (which I highly recommend), then you should purchase a different version.

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    Posted January 20, 2013

    Some many

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    Boring

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    Posted January 22, 2012

    I hope i lik

    I hope i like this book.is it good?request back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    A good way to respond to children

    I believe that any book that has to do with a life lesson deserves to have a good review but this one deserves a special review because it teaches young children the meaning of life and the way they can live it to the fullist and you cant say that about many books but this one you can

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