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The Swing Board book – November 5, 2012

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About the Author

  Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94), was a Scottish novelist, essayist and poet who contributed several classics to the world of children’s literature. He is best known for A Children's Garden of Verses, Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Kidnapped.

Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist known for her surreal, whimsical work. Illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Singing Away the Dark and When You Were Small and its two sequels Where You Came From and When I Was Small, Julie has exhibited her work in galleries, animated two music videos with her brother, filled up stacks of sketchbooks, and made countless pots of soup and many loaves of bread. She lives in Vancouver with her family.

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books; Brdbk edition (November 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897476485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897476482
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When we go swinging at the park, my daughter and I recite "The Swing" to each other because of this book. The illustrations are so lovely, you can practically feel the wind in your face as you read and look. I especially like that all different kinds of children are represented on the pages. Who doesn't love a swing?
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There comes a moment in a new parent's life when they realize that they have become their own parents. It's different for everyone. For some folks it won't happen until they're berating their teenagers, conjuring up terms and threats from their own youth that they swore they'd never use. For others, it happens at practically the moment after conception. And for me, it happened when I read my one-year-old daughter Julie Morstad's simply irresistible adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic poem The Swing. As I read the book aloud I realized that I had heard this poem myself as a child. I could even recall the images that accompanied it, filled with sickly sweet children with cheeks so large they'd make the Campbell Soup kids seem wan in comparison. And when later I heard my own mother recite this poem I was amazed to discover that my reading, which I'd done several time for my own daughter, contained the exact same cadences and turns of phrase as my mother's rendition. The difference for my daughter will be the fact that while the art accompanying my The Swing was tepid, the images that appear in Julie Morstad's gorgeous little board book are utterly lovely creations. For all those parents desperate to introduce their toddlers to poetry, or just folks who want to read their kids something beautiful for once, here is the answer to your prayers.

"How do you like to go up in a swing / Up in the air so blue?" I should think you'd like it very much if you were one of the children in Julie Morstad's clever little book. Adapting Robert Louis Stevenson's words, Ms. Morstad fills her pages with kids on their way up, their way down, and everywhere in-between. They glide under cherry blossoms, observe the even rows of plants and vegetables, and swing like superheroes on their bellies.
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By Jim Watts on October 25, 2015
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The Swing is 19th century poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson's poem of the same name made into its own board book for babies. The ethereal artwork of Julie Morstad reinvigorates the words of Stevenson, perfectly complementing the poem. The spectral, dreamlike images seem to accentuate the ephemeral moments of the back and forth motion while riding a swing.
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I bought this board book based off reviews on Amazon and was not disappointed. I just love the illustrations - full color throughout! Great way to use poetry! It’s very simple just about swinging up and down but brings back the delights of childhood memories on the swing. This is another book that I would have bought even if I didn’t have a child because there is something about it so beautiful and so artistic. I definitely recommend this book.
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By Ash on December 27, 2015
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I bought this for my 6 month old for Christmas. She loves to go to the park. I have been taking her there since she was 7 weeks old even though all we can do is get on the swing together. Was so much fun reading her this book in the park. :) She even held the sides of the book up herself. We will enjoy this book for a long time. Such bright illustrations and very easy for her to hold onto.
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This is an absolute favorite! When I was little my mom had a big picture book and on one page was a picture of a little girl swinging with this poem. This book the true Robert Louis Stevenson poem with many beautiful and sweetly simple illustrations. My son loves it too! We can never read it just once. Not just for girls either as the cover may indicate (tho they love it too)! There are many illustrations of little boys inside.
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The cover of this book is so adorable, but the kindle edition is nothing but the text of the poem on a white screen. I was so disappointed! You can easily get the text from a google search.
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Lovely illustrations to accompany this traditional rhyme. The quality of the board book itself is a bit poor and cheap-feeling, but if your kiddo loves the swings as much as mine does, it won't matter.
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