- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Grolier Society Inc. (1967)
- ASIN: B001VAF2A6
- Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.2 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,739,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Poems of Childhood - (Illustrations by Maxfield Parrish) Paperback – 1967
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Despite having had my copy of �Poems of Childhood� for ten years, I know absolutely nothing about Eugene Field save what I can infer from the poems in this collection. From their recurring themes, and the order in which they appear, I can guess that Field lost a child who was very precious to him . . . was slowly healed of his grief by the love and presence of other children . . . and was given a second chance with the birth of a new baby.
There are about 15 poems that hint of that lost child and a handful that juxtapose sleep and death, making me wonder if the baby died in its sleep. Other sad poems are merely wistful about beloved children who have grown up. Thankfully, there are just as many happy poems as sad ones: cheery verses about toys, imaginary creatures, and playground games. Field also wrote several �lullabies� that are perfect for rocking children to sleep, whether or not they are put to music.
I don�t know any other poet who has brought such dignity to "babytalk." Toddlers in his poems are called names like Pittypat, Tippytoe, Googly-Goo and Luddy-Dud. His imaginary fairies include Amberglee, Daisybright and Pilfercurds. Moreover, I�m sure that no other collection of children�s poems has this many terms for "dreamland"--Blinkiwink garden, Shut-Eye town, and Hushaby street, to name a few.
Though Field could be accused of writing the same poems over and over again, most of his verses have such distinctive _personalities_ that this is not entirely true. What they _all_ have in common is his delicate touch--yes, even the ones in which his voice turns rustic and homey--that has endeared him to children and grown ups alike.
By Eugene Field
Little Boy Blue
The little toy dog is covered with dust,
But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
And his musket moulds in his hands.
Time was when the little toy dog was new,
And the soldier was passing fair;
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
Kissed them and put them there.
"Now, don't you go till I come," he said,
"And don't you make any noise!"
So, toddling off to his trundle-bed,
He dreamt of the pretty toys;
And, as he was dreaming, an angel song
Awakened our Little Boy Blue---
Oh! the years are many, the years are long,
But the little toy friends are true!
Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
Each in the same old place---
Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
The smile of a little face;
And they wonder, as waiting the long years through
In the dust of that little chair,
What has become of our Little Boy Blue,
Since he kissed them and put them there.
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Do not purchase this book (purple with flowers) The publisher has somehow squeezed over a hundred pages into 26. The print is so tiny. Unreadable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amber
Don't waste our money. This book is full of typos, tiny print, frustrating format, and has no illustrations.Published 18 months ago by Patty
Horrible waste of money. No poem is shown in its entirety. Disclaimer at the beginning that tells you so. Very disappointed with the book and it is completely useless. Boo!Published 18 months ago by lindsey wieneke
This book was a big disappointment. It was cheap, so I didn't have many expectations but I thought it would at the very least have been edited. Read morePublished 18 months ago by TG
Great condition from the 20-s...lovely poems for your children's bedtime. Beautiful, magical illustration.
Recommending for building a creative imagination for every ages. Read more
My mother read these poems to me as a child, and I gave this to a friend to read to her child. These poems are so lovely, and the illustrations are priceless! Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Diana