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Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes (Faber Children's Classics) Paperback – 1 Jan 2015

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571313892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571313891
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,817 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A beautiful new edition of a classic anthology of Walter de la Mare's finest poems for children.

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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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This a Faber reprint of a book published in 1913 with original illustrations. Most of the rhymes are forgotten now and designed for children. I think they would be enjoyed. Most rhyme and are rhythmic and many amusing. A book for teachers and parents to read to their children. It might get kids off their computers and into the marvellous, fantastic world of poetry. Poetry for children is said to improve their brains and imagination. I'm very pleased to see reprinted so well.
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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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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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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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A wonderful book of children`s verse (for adults too) from the period that produced top poets that have stood the test of time. A charming book for any libary.
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