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A Child's Garden of Verses Hardcover – February 1, 1999
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Poems Stevenson originally wrote for his children are beautifully illustrated in this appealing volume. --Yellow Brick Road --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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First published in 1885, Stevenson's verses so truly reflect the feelings of young children--about being small, the bliss of going up in a swing so high, discovering one's shadow, happiness and sorrow and dreaming--that they have never ceased to be an essential part of a child's library. Robinson's beautiful pictures originally appeared in 1896 in the first illustrated edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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My Shadow: "I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, / And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. / He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head; / And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed."
Time to Rise: "A birdie with a yellow bill / Hopped upon my window sill, / Cocked his shining eye and said: / "Ain't you 'shamed, you sleepy-head!"
Bed in Summer: "In winter I get up at night / And dress by yellow candle-light. / In summer, quite the other way, / I have to go to bed by day."
Not only are the poems interesting for a child, but the pictures are beautiful. This edition has a lot of the traditional black and white sketching intermixed with the newer, muted pictures like you see on the cover. It's not the traditional art your child might come across in other picture books or media, and I think the diversity and agelessness of it picques the interest of children.
I bought this book for my cousin's baby shower and couldn't be more pleased. The book is high quality, the images are high quality, and the poems are solid classics. Every child should have this book.