A Child's Garden of Verses Audio Cassette – Jan 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
This compendium of information "for, by and about young people" features chapters on sports celebrities, health, games, clubs, history, law and science.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 1 Up Eleven editions of this classic are in print, including those illustrated by Tasha Tudor (Rand McNally, 1981), Jessie W. Smith (Scribners, 1905) and Brian Wildsmith (Oxford University Pr, 1984), yet Foreman's work lives on its own terms. His pen and ink-wash drawings and watercolors evoke both the dream world of a child's imagination and the real world of today. The child in "My Shadow" and the nude sprite in "The Flowers" are both wearing tennis shoes. "To My Mother" pictures a woman in jeans. What could be trite or trendy is instead fresh and modern and unstuffy. The book is meticulously laid out, and Mary Thwaite's introduction is clear and concise. But the core of this lovely book is Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry, which remains original, inspiring and wonder-provoking after a century. One may well wince at the underlying chauvinism of "Foreign Children," but most of the poems still sing. Foreman clearly understands how to ". . .sing your praise, /Happy chimney-corner days, /Sitting safe in nursery nooks, /Reading picture story-books. . . ." Kathleen D. Whalin, New Canaan Library, Conn.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I've given copies of this book to a niece and a friend for her young daughter. It's certainly a book that should be part of any child's library.
This edition is particularly nice as it is profusely illustrated with sometimes several pictures per poem by contemporary children's book artists of the time such as Jessie Wilcox Smith and C.M. Burd along with a host of others. I just love the illustrations and could pull this book off the shelf and just browse through it for pure enjoyment. The 8yo though did not appreciate the old-fashioned pictures especially when he couldn't tell the boys from the girls. However, this is poetry I think every child should be exposed to, some will enjoy, others will not. For one, my son will forever remember the name "Robert Louis Stevenson".
First published in 1885, Stevenson's marvellous collection of children's poetry has never gone out of print, and remains near the top of numerous "best book's for childen" lists. For example, Maurice Sendak, when asked to list books that he thought every child should have the opportunity to read, named this collection first. Harold Bloom, renowned literary critic (he has received more major awards from his peers than any other) and author of the thought-provoking and controversial "The Western Canon", included ACGoV in the list he furnished in response to an interviewer's request for a "Western Canon, Jr". Among the homeschooling set, everyone from "Unschoolers" to "Classical Christian Educators" recommend it.(It"s on the Classical Christian Support Loop's "1000 Good Books List").
The Chronical Books edition, containing all 64 of the poems that appeared in the original 1885 edition, is lavishly illustrated with more than a hundred pictures, many of them full page, by several of the most distinguished children's book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th century. The book is well laid out, with a pleasing juxtaposition of art and text, and printed on high-quality paper. It was named one of the "Top Ten Picturebooks of the Year" by Redbook, was an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists" in 1989, and was given a starred review in Booklist.
Stevenson perfectly captures the child's world of sunshine, stars, dreams, toy boats, swings, apple tarts, fairies, flowers, and far-away places in simple, evocative language which remains just as accessable for today's children as it was for their grandparents.Read more ›
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.
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!
This smaller, quieter version of Stevenson's poetry helped me finally, actually read all the Garden poetry. True, the illustrations are spare, but delightfully accurate. My children (7 and 10) were not as mesmerized by this book as they are by others with fanciful graphics, illustrations and larger type to accompany the poetry.
Still, this small book found its way into my purse to be used for waiting moments, e.g. at the orthodontist, doctor, and also to my bedside, where it's shear diminutive size did not dissuade me from reading "for only a minute or two." And within Stevenson's words and language lie the ferment of creative pictures. I liked to have my children close their eyes while I read short poems to 'force' them to use only their mind's eye.
I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures, moods, and images Stevenson conjures and at long last can understand why his poetry remains so classic.
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Author of The Rebel's Pledge, a historical romantic novel of Colonial Maryland.
Beautifully illustrated, my children and I enjoyed reading the poetry of Stevenson on rainy... Read more
This is a very lovely edition of Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses." The paintings illustrating each poem are well chosen and quite beautiful. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2001 by Brenda Jo Mengeling
When I was younger, well 5 actually, I had the chicken pox. This was one of my mom's favorite books. The words in the poetry just soothed me. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2000
I ordered this edition because the review said it had beautiful color illustrations - This book is in black and white - there is no color and it's very small - only around 6... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2000
Stevenson describes children's points of view very carefully and thouroughly...this book will make you smile. Read morePublished on April 28 2000 by Tiffany Chang
I remember this book from my childhood. The poems are so bright and cheerful and most of them are short and easy to read. Read morePublished on April 23 2000 by Pat McMurria
Stevenson originally published these poems in 1885. The words and ideas are old-fashioned and a little dry. This book makes a worthwhile companion to others in a poetry study. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2000
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