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A Child's Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson

Book Overview: 

Beloved by many generations of children, A Child’s Garden of Verses is a beautiful collection of children’s poetry. Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes whimsical, but always fun.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Shall it be to Africa, a-steering of the boat,
To Providence, or Babylon, or off to Malabar?
Hi! but here's a squadron a-rowing on the sea—
Cattle on the meadow a-charging with a roar!
Quick, and we'll escape them, they're as mad as they can be,
The wicket is the harbour and the garden is the shore.

[Pg 10]

FOREIGN LANDS Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I held the trunk with both my hands
And looked abroad on foreign lands.
I saw the next door garden lie,
Adorned with flowers, before my eye,
And many pleasant places more
That I had never seen before.
I saw the dimpling river pass
And be the sky's blue looking-glass;
The dusty roads go up and down
With people tramping in to town.
If I could find a higher tree
Farther and farther I should see,
To where the grown-up river slips
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Community Reviews

Anyone that has read my reviews will realize the esteem by which I hold Stevenson. A singular talent whether he was writing adventure or horror, lyrical or prose, for adults or for children. Here in A Child's Garden of Verses, Stevenson is writing poetry for children. There is incredible recollectio

What are you able to build with your blocks? Castles, Palaces, Temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, while others go roam. But I can be happy, just building at home.

Had this since I was three and refound the same copy in a drawer. What a wonderful amazing book. The BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG CHILDREN EVER!
sublime brilliant poetry evokes my own childhood and thew eternal wonder of the mind of a child.
Exquisite colour illustration of beautiful children and other wonderf

My grandma gave me this book when I was very young. I read it around ages 6-7 years-old. It made me happy to be young and now it makes me want to be that young again. It was strange how easily I could identify with the young Robert Louis Stevenson. I could absolutely understand his annoyance at bein

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