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Walter de la Mare , Anne Harvey , Hugh Dickson
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1 Jun 2001 Spoken Word

'Surely one of the great children's books of the century.' The Times

Peacock Pie contains the finest of Walter de la Mare's poems for children, accompanied by exquisite original illustrations from Edward Ardizzone. This classic anthology is an essential part of any child's bookshelf.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: ABM (1 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901297284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901297287
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,530,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Peacock Pie is surely one of the greatest children's books of the century.' The Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. In 1890, aged sixteen, he began work in the statistics department of the London office of Anglo-American Oil. In 1907 he published his first collection of poems under the pseudonym Walter Ramal, but he soon established a wide popular reputation in his own name as a leading poet of the Georgian period with volumes like The Listeners (1912), Motley (1918) and The Veil (1921). He also wrote poetry and short stories for younger readers; Peacock Pie (1913), a collection of poems for children, is now considered a twentieth-century classic.Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. In 1890, aged sixteen, he began work in the statistics department of the London office of Anglo-American Oil. In 1907 he published his first collection of poems under the pseudonym Walter Ramal, but he soon established a wide popular reputation in his own name as a leading poet of the Georgian period with volumes like The Listeners (1912), Motley (1918) and The Veil (1921). He also wrote poetry and short stories for younger readers; Peacock Pie (1913), a collection of poems for children, is now considered a twentieth-century classic. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Proper Introduction to de la Mare 10 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
I was captivated by a poem of de la Mare in the "Poem of the Day Two" Anthology. When I found this volume I picked it up...and it did not disappoint. "Peacock Pie" is "A Book of Rhyme" for children and happens to be de la Mare's most enduring collection - hence the only of his collections to be reissued en bloc by Faber & Faber. Unlike his near contemporary A.A. Milne, de la Mare did not write the sort of poetry that most children will identify with I don't think. But his poetry any child - and grown-up who has not forsaken his innate Romantic psyche - will be able to empathize with. Isn't "The Bookworm" de la Mare's version of "The Table Turned", that poem which was a cornerstone of Romanticism?

This edition features attractive and (even more so) highly evocative illustrations by Ardizzone. He is not my preferred illustrator but for Faber to choose to reiisue this collection illustrated in this age is merit and achievement in itself. My only real reservation with this edition is that it does away with, as I later discovered, the categorisation of the poems. The actual sequence I think has been left intact, but the division I finds illuminates it further. So 1 star knocked off for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars poems from my childhood.... 31 Jan 2010
By Dylan
Format:Paperback
Purchased this for my mother, she is really pleased with it - all the poems she remembers from her schooldays (during WW2). Quite a nostalgia fest for her, so glad I bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Lost Verse 2 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This collection contained a poem that I have been searching for,at last I can now relive the time years ago when I first heard it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sister's Birthday present - part 2. 27 July 2011
Format:Paperback
My Sister had asked me to buy some poetry by Walter de la Mare for her birthday and this was one of the books I bought for her. She is very pleased with the book whilst I am happy with the price I paid and the swift delivery.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 13 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you love poetry, fun, and are up for a laugh this book is for you! The poems are timeless, familiar, and remind you that being a kid is the best time of your life.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most beautiful of the fairy books 5 Oct 2007
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This review is for both "In Fairyland,Pictures of the Elf World" (Princess Nobody-Andrew Lang) and (verses by William Allingham): Also "In Fairyland"
text (Princess Nobody- Andrew Lang). Both of these books are illustrated with the glorious fairy water colors of Richard Doyle. These paintings done in 1869 and reissued in 1884 are masterpieces of fairy lore and must haves for collectors. Reissued in 1979 by Viking and Derrydale respectively, they are over sized books 10"x12" of about 62pp. They are not hard to find and a diligent collector can still find them at reasonable prices.The Viking volume is printed on heavy matte stock, while the Derrydale is printed on heavy glossy stock. I love them both. The differing papers gives an added dimension to the plates. The illustrations are exquisitely colored and the stories are enchanting. His work undeniably influenced the great golden age of children's book illustrators who came after him. These are real treasures.
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