Poetry for Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson

Poetry for Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson

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by Frances Schoonmaker, Lucy Corvino
     
 

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"A collection of 32 poems...A short introductory biography...gives an insightful glimpse into his life and how it influenced his poems....illustrations convey the poetic notion of a romantic childhood memory, with pink-cheeked children...Muted colors, rich with warm golden accents among the dominant green tone, are a peaceful accompaniment to the poems."--SchoolSee more details below

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"A collection of 32 poems...A short introductory biography...gives an insightful glimpse into his life and how it influenced his poems....illustrations convey the poetic notion of a romantic childhood memory, with pink-cheeked children...Muted colors, rich with warm golden accents among the dominant green tone, are a peaceful accompaniment to the poems."--School Library Journal. "These poems...are colorfully illustrated and notable for their detailed brushstrokes of gentle colors. They interpret the verse in a style that is fanciful without looking too juvenile for a middle-grade audience. Younger children will find the poems and illustrations to their liking as well."--Booklist.

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Children's Literature - Leslie Greaves Radloff
This small collection of Stevenson's poetry is another entry in the series "Poetry for Young People," and, as with the others, it provides a brief introduction to Stevenson's work, with poems chosen for child appeal. Adults sharing the poetry with children will also find the poems and the illustrations by Corvino enjoyable, since the illustrator captures the child-centric nature of the poetry with charm and whimsy. Readers should also be able to take inspiration from Stevenson's life. Often so ill that he could not go to school, and at times close to death with tuberculosis, Stevenson worked at overcoming his handicap through childhood and as a young man, later traveling to the United States and Samoa where he died, all the while taking notes on his surroundings and enjoying the sights as much as he was able. The joy that he found in nature and the world around is evident in the poems chosen for this volume: "Summer Sun," "The Swing," "Travel" (one of my favorites here), and the well-known poem, "My Shadow." As with other volumes in the series, unfamiliar words are defined beneath the poem, an index of first lines is included, and reference is made to the great adventure stories Stevenson wrote. This is a good introduction to the poetry of the novelist and travel writer, whose life was sadly cut short at the age of 44. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A collection of 32 poems, taken mostly from A Child's Garden of Verses. A short introductory biography with quotes taken from the writer's letters gives an insightful glimpse into his life and how it influenced his poems. The illustrations convey the poetic notion of a romantic childhood memory, with pink-cheeked children, many depicted from behind or fast asleep. Fanciful, dreamlike scenes of being king for a day, peering down on "the land of counterpane," and a king riding a unicorn in a circus parade are full of intriguing details. Muted colors, rich with warm golden accents among the dominant green tone, are a peaceful accompaniment to the poems.-Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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ISBN-13:
9780806949567
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
Poetry for Young People Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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