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.
About the Author
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish author of novels, poems, and essays, is best known for the classic books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson remains popular for his celebrated contributions to the adventure and horror genres.
Date of Birth:November 13, 1850
Date of Death:December 3, 1894
Place of Birth:Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:Vailima, Samoa
Education:Edinburgh University, 1875
Table of Contents
|Bed in Summer||9|
|At the Seaside||11|
|Young Night Thought||12|
|Whole Duty of Children||13|
|A Good Play||25|
|Where Go the Boats||26|
|The Land of Counterpane||29|
|The Land of Nod||30|
|A Good Boy||36|
|Escape at Bedtime||38|
|Good and Bad Children||49|
|The Sun's Travels||52|
|My Bed is a Boat||54|
|Time to Rise||59|
|From a Railway Carriage||64|
|Farewell to the Farm||68|
|The Child Alone|
|The Unseen Playmate||74|
|My Ship and I||75|
|Picture Books in Winter||78|
|The Land of Storybooks||82|
|Armies in the Fire||84|
|The Little Land||86|
|Night and Day||90|
|The Dumb Soldier||98|
|To Willie and Henrietta||106|
|To my Mother||107|
|To my Name-Child||113|
|To any Reader||116|
|Robert Louis Stevenson||120|
|A Short Biography|
What People are Saying About This
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book as a child, and really do give it as a gift quite often. It's fun to read to a young child, and for them to read later on their own. This edition has the best illustrations, don't settle for any other!
I used to read the full copy to my nieces. When my daughter was born, I searched for another full copy. Only the board book was available at the time so I bought it, figuring the highlights were better than nothing. I'm still buying the full copy because some of my favorite verses aren't included in this version. But a great start if you haven't read this before. And the board book format is a hit with the little ones.
I have a copy of this book (The full version) that was printed in around 1916, it is falling apart at the bindings because of being read so much. A lot of the reading was before my time, but a lot was after as well. I am twenty now, and I still enjoy reading this book. My mother read it to me before I could read it myself. I have quite a few of the poems memorized, and I look forward to reading this to my neice and my children when I have my own. Buy this book and read it to little ones of all ages, it is wonderful and amazing.
I love to give this particular book as a baby gift because it's beautifully and colorfully illustrated, it's just the right size, and it has some of the world's most loved children's poems. The baby's - and parent's - appreciation for the book grows as the child does, and there is more for him or her to notice.
Like others here, I love this book; I began reading it to my son when he was an infant. It's my favorite thing to give to a new baby. I have at least 35 copies of it, including a very fine Jessie Willcox Smith illustrated one - - I even have the Dover coloring book. I think it a perfect gift for a new baby, in fact that's why I'm here.
I love these poems but the back binding was crumpled. I did not notice this until I had already given it to my granddaughter.
I bought this as a gift for an adult collector. I consider it a classic and therefore collectible for any bibliophile.