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
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.
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.
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
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
From the Publisher
This 'Child's Garden' is a coffee-table book for children or the grown-ups who love them. (Boston Herald -- Sunday Edition)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486273013
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/30/1992
  • Series: Dover Children's Thrift Classics Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 645,468
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Louis  Stevenson

Poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was the author of a number of classic books for young readers, including Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mr. Stevenson was often ill as a child and spent much of his youth confined to his nursery, where he first began to compose stories even before he could read, and where he was cared for by his nanny, Alison Cunningham, to whom A Child's Garden of Verses is dedicated.

Barbara McClintock has written and illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, including Adèle & Simon, an ALA Notable Book, a Children's Book Sense Pick, and a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Dahlia, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. She lives in Windham, Connecticut.

Biography

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh. His father was an engineer, the head of a family firm that had constructed most of Scotland's lighthouses, and the family had a comfortable income. Stevenson was an only child and was often ill; as a result, he was much coddled by both his parents and his long-time nurse. The family took frequent trips to southern Europe to escape the cruel Edinburgh winters, trips that, along with his many illnesses, caused Stevenson to miss much of his formal schooling. He entered Edinburgh University in 1867, intending to become an engineer and enter the family business, but he was a desultory, disengaged student and never took a degree. In 1871, Stevenson switched his study to law, a profession which would leave time for his already-budding literary ambitions, and he managed to pass the bar in 1875.

Illness put an end to his legal career before it had even started, and Stevenson spent the next few years traveling in Europe and writing travel essays and literary criticism. In 1876, Stevenson fell in love with Fanny Vandergrift Osbourne, a married American woman more than ten years his senior, and returned with her to London, where he published his first fiction, "The Suicide Club." In 1879, Stevenson set sail for America, apparently in response to a telegram from Fanny, who had returned to California in an attempt to reconcile with her husband. Fanny obtained a divorce and the couple married in 1880, eventually returning to Europe, where they lived for the next several years. Stevenson was by this time beset by terrifying lung hemorrhages that would appear without warning and required months of convalescence in a healthy climate. Despite his periodic illnesses and his peripatetic life, Stevenson completed some of his most enduring works during this period: Treasure Island (1883), A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), Kidnapped (1886), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886).

After his father's death and a trip to Edinburgh which he knew would be his last, Stevenson set sail once more for America in 1887 with his wife, mother, and stepson. In 1888, after spending a frigid winter in the Adirondack Mountains, Stevenson chartered a yacht and set sail from California bound for the South Pacific. The Stevensons spent time in Tahiti, Hawaii, Micronesia, and Australia, before settling in Samoa, where Stevenson bought a plantation called Vailima. Though he kept up a vigorous publishing schedule, Stevenson never returned to Europe. He died of a sudden brain hemorrhage on December 3, 1894.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Good To Know

It has been said that Stevenson may well be the inventor of the sleeping bag -- he described a large fleece-lined sack he brought along to sleep in on a journey through France in his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.

Long John Silver, the one-legged pirate cook in Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, is said to be based on the author's friend William Ernest Henley, whom he met when Henley was in Edinburgh for surgery to save his one good leg from tuberculosis.

Stevenson died in 1894 at Vailima,, his home on the South Pacific island of Upolu, Samoa. He was helping his wife make mayonnaise for dinner when he suffered a fatal stroke.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 13, 1850
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      December 3, 1894
    2. Place of Death:
      Vailima, Samoa

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?

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Table of Contents

TO ALISON CUNNINGHAM
I. Bed in Summer
II. A Thought
III. At the Sea-Side
IV. Young Night Thought
V. Whole Duty of Children
VI. Rain
VII. Pirate Story
VIII. Foreign Lands
IX. Windy Nights
X. Travel
XI. Singing
XII. Looking Forward
XIII. A Good Play
XIV. Where Go the Boats?
XV. Auntie's Skirts
XVI. The Land ofCounterpane
XVII. The Land of Nod
XVIII. My Shadow
XIX. System
XX. A Good Boy
XXI. Escape at Bedtime
XXII. Marching Song
XXIII. The Cow
XXIV. Happy Thought
XXV. The Wind
XXVI. Keepsake Mill
XXVII. Good and Bad Children
XXVIII. Foreign Children
XXIX. The Sun's Travels
XXX. The Lamplighter
XXXI. My Bed Is a Boat
XXXII. The Moon
XXIII. The Swing
XXXIV. Time to Rise
XXXV. Looking-Glass River
XXXVI. Fairy Bread
XXXVII. From a Railway Carriage
XXXVIII. Winter-Time
XXXIX. The Hayloft
XL. Farewell to the Farm
XLI. North-West Passage
 1. GOOD NIGHT
 2. SHADOW MARCH
 3. IN PORT
THE CHILD ALONE
I. The Unseen Playmate
II. My Ship and I
III. My Kingdom
IV. Picture-Books in Winter
V. My Treasures
VI. Block City
VII. The Land of Story-Books
VIII. Armies in the Fire
IX. The Little Land
GARDEN DAYS
I. Night and Day
II. Nest Eggs
III. The Flowers
IV. Summer Sun
V. The Dumb Soldier
VI. Autumn Fires
VII. The Gardener
VIII. Historical Associations
ENVOYS
I. To Willie and Henrietta
II. To My Mother
III. To Auntie
IV. To Minnie
V. To My Name-Child
VI. To Any Reader

Alphabetical List of Titles
Alphabetical List of First Lines

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    A 53 year old Grandmother

    I read this book as a child and read my copy to my own children. Somewhere along the way I lost my book. When my first grandchild was born nine years ago, I tried to find it again in the bookstores. It was not available and I turned to another, similar book. It is not nearly as good. I am thrilled to find "A Child's Garden of Verses" again. It is wonderful literature and our children today need that. I can still recite some of the poetry even after all these years. Kudos--don't ever let it go out of print.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    Beyond Outstanding!!

    This poetry is not only for children to read, but also for them to relate to and learn from. All children should own this book.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    The wonder of childhood....

    Poems are perfectly chosen words which are a pleasure to read. Writing them is a true art and Robert Louis Stevenson is able to perfect this art by remembering his own childhood. These poems were written between 1881 and 1884. This is a selection from the most popular collection of poems about childhood in the English language. Each poem is accompanied by evocative paintings, which are as vibrant as the words in each poem. The paintings are impressions of color and light and show children and a few animals on beautiful canvases of cities, gardens, meadows and seas. The poems are about flying kites, cows which give cream to enjoy with apple-tart, flowers where fairies live, children sitting in the warm sun, children on a swing, children playing with toy boats and children playing in gardens who will never grow up as they are frozen in time in the beautiful pictures. Here is an example of part of the first poem in the book. THE WIND I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies skirts across the grass- What lovely poems to share with a child. Highly recommended!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    Childhood Memories

    This book was read to me as a child, I in turn read it to my sister, then to my children. Twenty years later, I am buying one for my first grandchild! I have searched resale shops and libraries for the very edition I had as a child, and this is it! I remember all the wonderful illustrations and poems so well. Looking at the pictures and words brings back so many fond memories and I can't wait to pass that on to my grandchild!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2009

    Timeless children's poetry

    This is my favorite children's book because it grows with a child. An infant loves to be read poetry because of the cadence, a toddler likes hearing familiar words, and an older child enjoys the story. The poetry is classic.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    timeless

    My mother read this book to my brothers and I. I am now reading it to my daughter. I read several poems to my 13 mo. old daughter every night. The rhythm of each verse calms her and gets her ready for bedtime.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    I purchased the hardbound version of this book from B&N and

    I purchased the hardbound version of this book from B&N and this is just a beautiful book. I tend to read several pages a night with my four year old. We love the illustrations by Gyo Fujikawa and would recommend many other books that she did. Of course, Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems are classic and a wonderful introduction to poetry for the very young. I will be giving this version as a gift to other parents of young children who enjoy reading together.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeet!

    Awsome book for people of all age's.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    fun to look back

    I had this book when I was a kid...a long long time ag

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    Comprehensive and contemporary ...

    The modern illustrations give this comprehensive collection of Robert Louis Stevenson poems a more identifiable connection for contemporary readers.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Great book

    All around great book for the price its offered at.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    This is a wonderful book - from preschool through perhaps the fi

    This is a wonderful book - from preschool through perhaps the first two or three grades. Nowadays older children read adventure, suspense, and the like. If they have been introduced to Stevenson's poetry as young children, they will continue to love it, but in 5th grade they are too sophisticated to love the poems simply for what they are, and too young and immature to appreciate them their philosophy of life and simple beauty.  I would say, try again when you are in senior high school or college  from an entirely different perspective. Tasha Tudor's illustrations are uniquely beautiful. Give this book as a gift to a little kid - or to yourself!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    poor OCR

    The version I received looks like a poor Optical Character Recognition conversion. It looks like many line breaks in the verses have not been preserved, which loses a lot of the character of the verses. And while most of the verses are readable, with some interpretation, many letters are mixed up, for example:

    /*CHIl/D'S Gtrf%<DE&C OF VE%SES

    and:
    The orgzn vidi die argn Is singmg in die tszzl

    Though a more typical conversion is (line break before See is in the electronic copy -- strange when other lines are run together, just the initial capitals preserved so you can guess where there were separate lines in the printed version):

    1HAVE a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the nse of him is more than I can

    See.


    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Who wrote, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm

    Who wrote, &quot;The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings&quot;? Did you guess Robert Louis Stevenson? Poetry is not my favorite form of literature. However, Stevenson is one of my best-loved authors, and I have always liked his poetry because, unlike some other poetry that I have read, it makes sense to me. One of my favorites is &ldquo;The Swing&rdquo;:
    How do you like to go up in a swing,
    Up in the air so blue?
    Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
    Ever a child can do!
    Of course, one would buy this edition of A Child&rsquo;s Garden of Verses not only for Stevenson&rsquo;s poetry (this is not a complete version but a newly revised selection) but also for Brian Wildsmith&rsquo;s gorgeous, whimsical illustrations. Wildsmith, born in 1931 at the mining village of Penistone in Yorkshire, England, has been called one of the greatest living children&rsquo;s book illustrators. Stevenson&rsquo;s poems perfectly capture the make-believe imagination of childhood. What child has not pretended at one time or another that his bed is a ship sailing the wide seas? And Wildsmith&rsquo;s stunning, colorful paintings perfectly capture the joyful childhood innocence of Stevenson&rsquo;s poetry. While the language may be upper class Victorian England, the appeal is universal. This would make a wonderful book for a parent to read aloud while the child gazes at the pictures.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Beautiful Classic

    It was a gift. It was most appreciated.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Charming edition of a well known children's classic

    Nice illustrations and layout. I purchased this for my granddaughter but I am thinking of saving it for another year. I think 6 years is young enough to share this classic with children - because of the vocabulary. I consider it a classic that every child should own. This is a charming edition.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Lovely poems, beautiful illustrations!

    This is an old classic and full of lovely poems that I remember as a child. The illustrations are old fashioned and charming. I bought this for my 8 year old daughter who loves poetry, and I enjoy reading them with her. It's a lovely book, it would make a great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Arianna Silverwolf

    A very cute collection of poems and rhymes if one has the patience to work around messy pages. It took several pages before i found the pattern and could read the poems that were transferred correctly into the e-book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Barnes and Noble must die 3

    I use the knife and Alfie the unicorns horn (after cutting it off) to chop down a tree and I make a bow and run to the next b and n store but I am stopped by some flowers but cut them up then shoot the guy running the store and escape...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Poems

    I love poems they are sooooo awsome

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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