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A Child's Garden of Verses Hardcover – February 1, 1999
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Tudor's delicate watercolors complement Stevenson's work almost to the point that you think the two, living in different centuries, must share some time-travel telepathy with each other. All the classic Stevenson pieces are here: "The Swing," "The Land of Counterpane," the terrific poem about a child's shadow. Tudor depicts only children and animals herein--as it should be--without the presence of shadow of adults anywhere. Both Stevenson and Tudor understand in their bones that no matter what grown-ups may think, children inhabit a world of their own. That world is mostly beautiful, but sometimes fraught with danger or questions. Those hints are present here, but the overwhelming impression any reader will have will be that of beauty--both in words and in pictures.
The illustrations in this particular edition, by Tasha Tudor, capture perfectly the childhood world of the poetry--the imagination in play is wonderfully portrayed. Remember when the space under the table became a cave, or a castle, or a spaceship? These poems and the accompanying illustrations deal with these imaginary adventures that all children share in.
Purchase this book and share it with other adults and with the children in your life. If it stays with you for the rest of your life, then you have gained a treasure.
Aptly named, RLS has the reader remembering the wonderful days of playing alone and with friends, of delighting in the moment.
Your child will gain an understanding of classic children's poetry, of the rhythm and rhyme. They sound eloquent aloud, and read gentle at bedtime.
A BIRDIE WITH A YELLOW BILL
HOPPED UPON MY WINDOW-SILL,
COCKED HIS SHINING EYE AND SAID:
"AIN'T YOU 'SHAMED, YOU SLEEPY-HEAD?"
Most of 'A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES' is a delight sure to please very young children and adults who have an appreciation for wordplay and rhyme. Stevenson was a master wordsmith whose integration of imagination and verbal rhythms produced verse that sticks in the mind like styrofoam packing-peanuts stick to a wool shirt. But whereas the packing-peanuts are insanely aggravating, the verse is simply charming. Stevenson was not a Dr. Seuss, but neither was he a quack.
I have an out-of-print copy of 'A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES', illustrated with nineteenth century woodblock engravings. I have no doubt that the illustrations by Tasha Tudor in this volume are very nice, but truth be told, the illustrations in ANY volume are next to superfluous since Stevenson is so adept at painting word-pictures in the mind of the reader.
'A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES' will transport you back to a time when a bedsheet and a few dining room chairs was all the boat you needed to have rollicking adventures on the high seas! This poetry touches on all of the things so enthralling to little boys and girls.Read more ›
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Bought for great grandchildren...took me back to my childhood. I still remember most of the rhymes.Published 1 hour ago by Gil Borden
Beautiful book of RLS poetry. The pictures are delightful and captivating for young children. Every family should have this in their library.Published 9 days ago by H. Hill
a lot is first person. i see so much so vividly since i grew up with this wonderful book and still remember bits of it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by scarlett
Every child should be so lucky to read this collection of poems, or even better to have them read to them.Published 20 days ago by Kirsten M. Clagnaz
We adore this book! I spent the entire school year slowly savoring the poetry with my daughter. And Tasha Tudors art work is so lovely that I decided to use this extra copy (we... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amanda