Poetry for Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson

Poetry for Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson

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by Robert Louis Stevenson, Lucy Corvino, Glenn Harrington
     
 

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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

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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.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402754760
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Poetry for Young People Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
189,513
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Poetry for Young People - Robert Louis Stevenson 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
eaglespirit1966 More than 1 year ago
This book was exactly what my 5th grader needed. His teacher wants him to be able to recite a poem by RLS. Instead of downloading one off the internet, I bought this book to encourage him to read more than the one poem minimum. The book was exactly what we needed - RLS's poems geared to kids with illustrations that appealed to their minds eye.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of the Sterling poetry series but must say that the Robert Louis Stevenson collection is far and away the best of the bunch! It is, without a doubt, the illustrations that set this edition apart from the others. Lucy Corvino manages to capture the expressions of her characters, both human and animal, in a way that perfectly compliments the intent of Stevenson's poems. Kudos to Sterling for finding a uniquely talented illustrator.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone with a small child should have this beautiful book. We all remember and love the Robert Louis Stevenson poems from 'A Child's Garden of Verses', and this selection is some of the most memorable. What really sets this book apart are the very special illustrations! This artist knows how to capture the world as seen through the eyes of a child. Terrific job, whoever you are, Lucy Corvino! Let's have some more books illustrated by you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book--it takes me instantly back to my childhood. The poems are classics, and the illustrations bring the flavor of each poem alive. This illustrator is gifted at creating characters, both human and animal. Her pictures are humorous and mysterious, beautifully colored and full of intriguing detail--just what you want in a children's picture book. A really nice gift.