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Here is a classic, illustrated edition of some of the best loved poetry collections on this planet. Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 pictures by the most distinguished children’s book artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses contains all of the poems that appeared in the original book, published over 100 years ago.
This is a volume to be cherished for a lifetime: by parents and by grandparents who grew up with the poems and, most of all, by children who are being introduced to this peculiar collection for the first time.
“The world is so full of a variety of things, I’m sure we must all be as happy as kings.”
With this “Happy Thought,” Robert Louis Stevenson speaks for all of the delights of childhood. But he doesn’t stop there. A Child’s Garden of Verses, written over a century ago, is filled to the brim with what are frequently considered to be the first real poems written for children. This classic volume is an old friend to the generations of readers who were brought up on “I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me/ And what can be the usage of him is more than I will see.” In this perfectly lovely edition, the gossamer art of Jessie Willcox Smith (who first illustrated Stevenson’s poems in the early years of the 20th century) is reproduced in all its charming glory. Black and white drawings all the way through and eight full-page, warmly colorful paintings show beautiful, yet pleasantly imperfect children, busy at their daily activities–climbing trees, watching their reflections in a river, or sick in bed with an army of toy soldiers on guard. Place this on the shelf next to Mother Goose, Dr. Seuss, and Peter Rabbit. (All ages) –Emilie Coulter