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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

The Land of Counterpane

When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.

* * * * *

I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.

Once upon a

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.

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson is a lovely collection of poems that captured the unfettered imagination of children and the alloyed joy they find in ordinary things. It was a treat to read a hardcover copy that was beautifully illustrated by Brian Wildsmith.

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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

"Everything was grey. There wasn't any colour. It was all up to my imagination.”
Brian Wildsmith, artist, on his childhood.

Image: Summer Sun

This review is an excuse to share some of the startling and colourful illustrations that Wildsmith crafted for this 1966 edition (words here). A truly wild smith

just got this book. I've read a few of the poems, but it really isn't for me.
I'll soon be giving it to my daughter. It's for her daughter, my seven-year old granddaughter.

It turns out that the youngster is currently enamored with poetry. Her bedtime reading of choice, her reading of choice period -

Delightful book of poetry for children. Incredibly different than anything that I've read by Robert Louis Stevenson.

This rates 5 stars for the beautiful illustrations by Eve Garnet alone, the poems are lovely too, although some of the statements about children will sound dated to the modern ear, there are some lovely evocative words and pictures of idyllic childhoods and country scenes. I have a 1940s copy of thi

*Read for school*

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