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A Child's Garden of Verses Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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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.
First published in 1885, Stevenson's marvellous collection of children's poetry has never gone out of print, and remains near the top of numerous "best book's for childen" lists. For example, Maurice Sendak, when asked to list books that he thought every child should have the opportunity to read, named this collection first. Harold Bloom, renowned literary critic (he has received more major awards from his peers than any other) and author of the thought-provoking and controversial "The Western Canon", included ACGoV in the list he furnished in response to an interviewer's request for a "Western Canon, Jr". Among the homeschooling set, everyone from "Unschoolers" to "Classical Christian Educators" recommend it.(It"s on the Classical Christian Support Loop's "1000 Good Books List").
The Chronical Books edition, containing all 64 of the poems that appeared in the original 1885 edition, is lavishly illustrated with more than a hundred pictures, many of them full page, by several of the most distinguished children's book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th century. The book is well laid out, with a pleasing juxtaposition of art and text, and printed on high-quality paper. It was named one of the "Top Ten Picturebooks of the Year" by Redbook, was an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists" in 1989, and was given a starred review in Booklist.
Stevenson perfectly captures the child's world of sunshine, stars, dreams, toy boats, swings, apple tarts, fairies, flowers, and far-away places in simple, evocative language which remains just as accessable for today's children as it was for their grandparents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most of the old poems still hold up. Some, though, are dated by their first-world views. We can read them now and learn how the world has changed, then skip them in the future.Published 2 days ago by C. Sue Diehl
No objections to the poetry, but the printing is quite off. Some of the poems are printed on opposite pages, separated by large pictures. Read morePublished 8 days ago by mandrmama
I've always loved these poems and haven't had a copy of them since I was a kidPublished 13 days ago by pearlnc
I have never been so insulted by a publisher's work (or lack thereof). What should be a lovely, classic book for children turned to be nothing but a cheap knock-off. Read morePublished 16 days ago by E. Heckmann
Will love reading these classic poems to my granddaughter. Beautiful illustrations.Published 1 month ago by Mama C
It is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books available. Shows a completely different side of Robert Louis Stevenson. A classic.Published 1 month ago by tim m.