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A Child's Garden of Songs: The Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson in Song

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A Child's Garden of Songs: The Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson in Song

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As a young Scotsman, the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson suffered a childhood of illness and frailty. As a result, Stevenson developed a rich inner life as well as an author's keen sense of observation. Much of A Child's Garden of Verses comes from this period of relative infirmity. And on A Child's Garden of Songs we most agreeably find these same charmingly insightful words set to music, sung and played by a cast of singers and musicians in fashions that range from whimsical ("Auntie's Skirts") to magical ("From a Railway Carriage") to wistful ("To Any Reader"). Written expressly for children, these poems breathe life into new worlds born of a love for language. Coupled with fine arrangements on Celtic pipes and strings, this is a fertile garden of enrichment for the whole family. --Paige La Grone

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1. Bed in Summer
2. Wind
3. Pirate Story
4. Rain
5. Land of Counterpane
6. My Shadow
7. Where Go the Boats?
8. Auntie's Skirts
9. Young Night Thought
10. From a Railway Carriage
11. To My Mother
12. Block City
13. Foreign Lands
14. Moon
15. Lamplighter
16. To Any Reader

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music for Little People
  • ASIN: B00000HZEB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
My nine month old son shows a marked preference for this CD. As soon as the opening song begins he breaks into a huge grin, and he stops whatever he is doing to listen to the beginning of each new tune as the songs change. We sometimes listen to "A Child's Garden of Verse" several times a day, particularly during the "witching hour" in the late afternoon. In spite of the constant repetition, I still love these beautiful songs and look forward to hearing them again. I find myself playing the CD on my own after my son has gone to bed. The poetry is timeless, the music is complex and interesting, and I know that we will enjoy this CD together for years to come. I can't wait to try Jacobs' next CD and see if my son finds it equally fascinating.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com VINE VOICE on May 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought it knowing how much I loved Robert Louis Stevenson's verse. The music, I expected, to be a bit childish. It isn't. In fact, it is rich and complex.
They picked some wonderful poems, arranged them so they'd lyrically work. And they do!
My favorites are "The Wind" and "The Land of Counterpane." The wind comes alive, and the poetry in 'Counterpane' is superb.
Though I as an adult love the musical and lyrical sides both, I believe a child would find these endearingly sweet and peaceful while preparing for bed. It could be a great introduction to reading along with the original "Child's Garden of Verses" as my mother did with me.
I fully recommend it.
Anthony Trendl
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Georgette Maia on May 24, 2000
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I personally watched this CD grow from an idea to a CD. I must say that it is the most sweetest music I have ever heard. I constantly have this CD playing in my office and never grow tired of it. Of all the songs that are on this CD, "The Moon" is my all-time favorite, not only because it is a beautiful song, but the woman that sings the song is very close to my heart. CHEERS TED! You are a born natural at this! Here's to more wonderful CD's!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Hagman on July 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My year old triplets received this CD as a birthday gift. I didn't play it right away because I thought it was another classical music cd of which we have several...I was so pleasantly surprised by this CD. My babies just love it, dancing and clapping to the songs. We play it all the time and are not tired of it yet. In fact I am here today buying a copy as a baby gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
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Out of the myriad cassette tapes and CDs I have bought for my two daughters, this one is our favorite. The musical arrangements are compelling and unusual, the vocals well done, and the lyrics, of course, are pure joy. I find that I can't listen to "Where Go the Boats?" without feeling a lump in my throat, and to hear my children blissfully singing along is honey to a mother's heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
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While I grew up with these finely crafted poems, and will always have a special place in my heart for them as read from the page, it is exhilarating to finally hear them combined with music that is their equal.
In fact, the more I listen, the harder it is to imagine one existing without the other. This is truly a treat for the whole family to enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbedikian@pacbell.net on July 23, 1999
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This album is a MUST for every parent who wishes to introduce their children to a world of music and verse that is leaps and bounds above the usual trite fare available for children. Stevenson's poetry is brought to life for a new generation to enjoy. Ted Jacobs music is a pure pleasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2000
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My 2 year old daughter loves this wonderful collection of poems set to music, as do I. It's perfect for travelling in the car and gentle enough to use as a naptime lullaby. I know that we will continue to enjoy this album for years to come.
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