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A Child's Garden of Verses Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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About the Author
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child's Garden of Verses.
A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins.
--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.