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This classic treasury by Robert Louis Stevenson invites children to take their first steps into the immense world that lies before them. Illustrated with more than 100 pictures by the most distinguished children's book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this stunning edition brings together some of the world's best-loved poems and most enchanting art.

Lavishly illustrated, this collection contains all the poems that appeared in the original edition published more than a century ago. Children's imaginations can roam freely through simple, evocative verses that explore the wonders of exotic lands, the magic of day passing into night, the sheer joy of swinging through the sun-filled air, and the coziness of dreaming in front of a fire on a winter's night. The pictures, brimming with color and lush detail, brilliantly capture this universal splendor of a child's imaginative world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558008502
Publisher: NewStar Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/1993
Series: Dove Kids' Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

Poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was the author of a number of classic books for young readers, including Treasure Island , Kidnapped, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mr. Stevenson was often ill as a child and spent much of his youth confined to his nursery, where he first began to compose stories even before he could read, and where he was cared for by his nanny, Alison Cunningham, to whom A Child's Garden of Verses is dedicated.

Barbara McClintock has written and illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, including Adèle & Simon, an ALA Notable Book, a Children's Book Sense Pick, and a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Dahlia, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. She lives in Windham, Connecticut.

Read an Excerpt

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.

I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people's feet

Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

Table of Contents

Bed in Summer9
A Thought10
At the Seaside11
Young Night Thought12
Whole Duty of Children13
Pirate Story16
Foreign Lands18
Windy Nights20
Looking Forward24
A Good Play25
Where Go the Boats26
Auntie's Skirts27
The Land of Counterpane29
The Land of Nod30
My Shadow32
A Good Boy36
Escape at Bedtime38
Marching Song40
The Cow42
Happy Thought44
The Wind46
Keepsake Mill48
Good and Bad Children49
Foreign Children50
The Sun's Travels52
The Lamplighter53
My Bed is a Boat54
The Moon57
The Swing58
Time to Rise59
Looking-Glass River60
Fairy Bread62
From a Railway Carriage64
The Hayloft66
Farewell to the Farm68
North-West Passage
1Good Night69
2Shadow March70
3In Port71
The Child Alone
The Unseen Playmate74
My Ship and I75
My Kingdom76
Picture Books in Winter78
My Treasures80
Block City81
The Land of Storybooks82
Armies in the Fire84
The Little Land86
Garden Days
Night and Day90
Nest Eggs92
The Flowers94
Summer Sun96
The Dumb Soldier98
Autumn Fires100
The Gardener102
Historical Associations104
To Willie and Henrietta106
To my Mother107
To Auntie108
To Minnie110
To my Name-Child113
To any Reader116
Robert Louis Stevenson120
A Short Biography

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XChild's Garden of Verses 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a child and read my copy to my own children. Somewhere along the way I lost my book. When my first grandchild was born nine years ago, I tried to find it again in the bookstores. It was not available and I turned to another, similar book. It is not nearly as good. I am thrilled to find "A Child's Garden of Verses" again. It is wonderful literature and our children today need that. I can still recite some of the poetry even after all these years. Kudos--don't ever let it go out of print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This poetry is not only for children to read, but also for them to relate to and learn from. All children should own this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poems are perfectly chosen words which are a pleasure to read. Writing them is a true art and Robert Louis Stevenson is able to perfect this art by remembering his own childhood. These poems were written between 1881 and 1884. This is a selection from the most popular collection of poems about childhood in the English language. Each poem is accompanied by evocative paintings, which are as vibrant as the words in each poem. The paintings are impressions of color and light and show children and a few animals on beautiful canvases of cities, gardens, meadows and seas. The poems are about flying kites, cows which give cream to enjoy with apple-tart, flowers where fairies live, children sitting in the warm sun, children on a swing, children playing with toy boats and children playing in gardens who will never grow up as they are frozen in time in the beautiful pictures. Here is an example of part of the first poem in the book. THE WIND I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies skirts across the grass- What lovely poems to share with a child. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was read to me as a child, I in turn read it to my sister, then to my children. Twenty years later, I am buying one for my first grandchild! I have searched resale shops and libraries for the very edition I had as a child, and this is it! I remember all the wonderful illustrations and poems so well. Looking at the pictures and words brings back so many fond memories and I can't wait to pass that on to my grandchild!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite children's book because it grows with a child. An infant loves to be read poetry because of the cadence, a toddler likes hearing familiar words, and an older child enjoys the story. The poetry is classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother read this book to my brothers and I. I am now reading it to my daughter. I read several poems to my 13 mo. old daughter every night. The rhythm of each verse calms her and gets her ready for bedtime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased the hardbound version of this book from B&N and this is just a beautiful book. I tend to read several pages a night with my four year old. We love the illustrations by Gyo Fujikawa and would recommend many other books that she did. Of course, Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems are classic and a wonderful introduction to poetry for the very young. I will be giving this version as a gift to other parents of young children who enjoy reading together.
Reanna Schultheis More than 1 year ago
Awsome book for people of all age's.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book - from preschool through perhaps the first two or three grades. Nowadays older children read adventure, suspense, and the like. If they have been introduced to Stevenson's poetry as young children, they will continue to love it, but in 5th grade they are too sophisticated to love the poems simply for what they are, and too young and immature to appreciate them their philosophy of life and simple beauty.  I would say, try again when you are in senior high school or college  from an entirely different perspective. Tasha Tudor's illustrations are uniquely beautiful. Give this book as a gift to a little kid - or to yourself!
gramieGF More than 1 year ago
The modern illustrations give this comprehensive collection of Robert Louis Stevenson poems a more identifiable connection for contemporary readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All around great book for the price its offered at.
TravelinT More than 1 year ago
I had this book when I was a kid...a long long time ag
Homeschoolbookreview on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who wrote, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings"? Did you guess Robert Louis Stevenson? Poetry is not my favorite form of literature. However, Stevenson is one of my best-loved authors, and I have always liked his poetry because, unlike some other poetry that I have read, it makes sense to me. One of my favorites is ¿The Swing¿:How do you like to go up in a swing,Up in the air so blue?Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thingEver a child can do! Of course, one would buy this edition of A Child¿s Garden of Verses not only for Stevenson¿s poetry (this is not a complete version but a newly revised selection) but also for Brian Wildsmith¿s gorgeous, whimsical illustrations. Wildsmith, born in 1931 at the mining village of Penistone in Yorkshire, England, has been called one of the greatest living children¿s book illustrators. Stevenson¿s poems perfectly capture the make-believe imagination of childhood. What child has not pretended at one time or another that his bed is a ship sailing the wide seas? And Wildsmith¿s stunning, colorful paintings perfectly capture the joyful childhood innocence of Stevenson¿s poetry. While the language may be upper class Victorian England, the appeal is universal. This would make a wonderful book for a parent to read aloud while the child gazes at the pictures.
lsieber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect first poetry book to add to a child's personal library. The poems range from very short to page long, with focus on nature, fantasy, make-believe, and other fun activities of childhood.
chelsiking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing author puts together amazing poems! This is a wonderful book for any aged reader & makes poetry very fun. Shows how beautiful poetry can be!
weeksie50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great collection of poetry for young children.The artwork is also very delightful.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The poems mostly have to do with going off to imaginary lands, utilizing common things in a playful fashion, and enjoying the wonderous time of childhood while it lasts. It's all touched very heavily by nostalgia - I don't know anything about Robert Louis Stevenson's life, but it seems he really wanted his adult life to be simpler and less soul-destroying, ha ha. I think it's kind of funny how adults wax nostalgic about the simpleness of childhood; quite clearly children don't feel it's simple or wonderous very much of the time. ;)The illustrations by Gyo Fujikawa are also sweetly nostalgic, full of cherubic boys and girls, lush grasses, delicately pretty flowers, butterflies, and birds, etc. I think the artwork was originally published in the 1950's and you can tell - very emblematic of that time. Quite a lovely gift book; some classics could serve as read alouds during a storytime.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful collection combines 19th century poetry with simple illustrations that capture the innocence of childhood. The images are colorful with clean lines, multicultural children, and appropriate pictures expressing the mood and tone of each poem, and infusing the language with light and love. The images seemed to be inspired by the 1950¿s and upon further research I discovered they were originally done in 1957.
glanecia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very charming book of poetry for children. The words are highly imaginative and the pictures are pretty. It's a classic!
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful edition of A Child's Garden of Verses, also interspersed with Bible verses and prayers. Throughout the book are the lovely illustrations of Thomas Kinkade. When my boy was little, he would not sit still for a story, but he loved to be read to from this book. There was always something for him to find in the pictures.
anneofia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The poems in this edition are selected for the modern child from Stevenson's popular collection. I had these poems memorized as a child, and loved reading them to my own children. Now, here's a shorter version that my grandkids can enjoy. The poems are beautifully illustrated with paintings that evoke those same feelings of childhood as the poetry does. What a wonderful introduction to both poetry and painting!
psjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two of my favorite poems are in this book. The swing poem and my shadow.
eecnelsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great poems about childhood. They remind me of how I felt as a child. With wonder at every corner.
sharese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:A great book of classic poetry that describes what children do during the day, listening to their elders and being thankful for what they have. This is a classic book with wonderful drawings by Eloise Wilkin to go along with the very 1950's style poetry. For example: "A child should always say what's true, and speak when he is spoken to, and behave mannerly at table: at least as far as he is able." Review:I loved this book as a child but did not read it to my kids. It is really outdated but I love the pictures and find that I am drawn to anything Eloise Wilkin put her hands on. I also have the version of Hilda Boswell's illustrations that are similar but have a different quality. These books will always be around because they are classics but every verse may not be read to children because the parents may have different views of a child's role in the world being much more active than passive.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Child's Garden of Verses is the epitome of poetry for and about children. The imagination of a child grows wild and free among the pages. Hopes and fears are expressed as only children can. The sense of wonder and innocence resonates as reminders to all adults about how the world once was.