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A Child's Garden of Verses (Everyman's Library Children's Classics)

A Child's Garden of Verses (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Robert Louis Stevenson's venerated volume of children's poems has prospered during more than a century in print. Here is a comfortable world of sunny gardens and storybooks, where children play with toy soldiers and imaginary friends. You may remember some of these poems from your own childhood, such as "My Shadow," "The Swing," and "The Land of Counterpane". If time is any judge, this garden of delights will stay a perennial favourite.


“This beautifully illustrated edition of a collection first published in 1885 is a reminder of how well many of these poems hold up....As for the poems themselves, Stevenson’s interest in cultivating the world of the imagination is a great message for today’s busy, media-saturated culture.” (School Library Journal)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to poetry for children! 19 Aug 2001
One of the great classics of children's verse, but this one deserves it's reputation 100% ! Great fun for children and an easy starting point for any parents who feel unsure about how to introduce poetry to thier children, It's the sort of book which may even pursuade "poetphobic" parents to reconsider their attitude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just nostalgia 10 Mar 2009
I am just rediscovering this book with my daughters, having had it as a child myself. In doing so, many of these poems come flooding back, the words which were forgotten springing back to my mind. Unlike some books, though, which are nostalgic but lose their sparkle in adulthood, I now realise how well these modestly titled 'verses' work as poems. This is real poetry, entirely accessible to young children but also technically perfect, thoughtful, wistful and beautiful. Never trivialising or condescending, they capture perfectly a child's view of the world in a way that can enlighten parents as well as children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special book. 24 Feb 2003
This book was bought for me by my father when i was about six years old. I used to learn poems from it and recite them to my mum.
This is a lovely book for any child and even now, at nineteen, i still look throught this as it reminds me of my childhood.
(The edition i have was illustrated by Brian Wildsmith- amazing colourful artwork-
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Poetic Treasure 15 July 2008
It is hard these days to find new good poetry at all. Luckily, the world of poetry for children has been rather less ventured into by those contemporary writers and as a result old times' favourites such as this collection remains in print, generally fairly intact in their old times' marvellous compilation if not presentation. This volume offers even the old times' marvellous presentation!

Stevenson, a member of the venerated three Scottish masters though he is, is ghastlily overlooked as a poet. Notwithstanding "A Child's Garden of Verses" is surely one of those poetry collection most frequently published in its unbutchered original compilation, and separately not in an omnibus. Its power of wonder and delight is awesome yet gentle - everything to transport the youngs and olds alike to that enchanted place. It is not quite so witty as A.A. Milne's but that is precisely why it serves up so much halcyon pleasure - its vision practically idealistic.

Among the rank of illustrators to have taken on this work Charles Robinson remains the most perennialand certainly my personal favourtie. Charles has a rather less clutterd style than either of his brothers and his sharply outlined decorations magnify the verses' innocence as much as is possible. This facsimile edition presents in its entirety the book as envisioned in Charles' design. Sturdily bound and dustwrapped and gilted all over, aside from nostalgia of former times when books were treasures, this volume is a treasure trove befitting Stevenson's poerty of wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect Christmas present 14 Nov 2011
If you are looking for a present, this is it. Lots of wonderful illustrations by different artists, lovely poems by Stevenson, high quality paper, a font large enough for a child to read. In short, very good engaging short poems, extremely good design, high quality product to last years and years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 27 Jan 2014
By liss
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
my 8 year old loves to pick this book up all the time and just randomly choose a poem to read aloud to me on her own accord, fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. 18 Dec 2013
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This is such a lovely gift, a classic book for any child. The illustrations are beautiful. Bought many copies of this over the years, never fails to be received well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 12 Dec 2013
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The goods were quickly delivered and arrived in perfect condition. I loved it because the content is very entertaining and I loved the cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspire little people to dream
I was given this on my birthday, which falls on Christmas Day, when I was little.

I adored the poems and illustrations which made me daydream. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn B.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... told it was new to the family who also enjoyed
Given as a gift to a child and was told it was new to the family who also enjoyed it
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Published 5 months ago by Eileen Pratt
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I cannot fault the quality, printing etc. of this book - but I also can't think of a child that would find it appealing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Walsgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely
my copy came with a different (much nicer) front cover, the illistrations are really lovely. my mom had this book in the 70's and i used to look at it when i was little. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jessica_rabbit87
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Childrens verses
The book arrived in a timely fashion and in excellent condition. I am sure my grandson will come to love this book as much as his granny and Mum do.
Published on 8 Dec 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a childs garden of verses
I was awarded this book when I left my 'primary school' in 1957 and I loved it.
As I read through the verses again I find I still love them. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2012 by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Delight
Came across an old copy of this on the bookshelf of a holiday let and just had to get a copy for myself. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by J. Stokoe
4.0 out of 5 stars A special little volume
Last year we gave my godson the AA Milne poems. Someone recomended this as a follow-up treat. I had not heard of the book. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2011 by E-reader
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