A Child's Garden of Verses

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Star Bright Books, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
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Brian Wildsmith's wonderful illustrations create a stunning backdrop to this beloved collection of classic poems. In print for over 100 years, there is hardly an adult who does not remember these poems from their own childhood.

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I purchased this to share with my grandchildren. I remember my Mother reciting and reading these poems to my brothers and I when we were young. I thought they were magical then and I still do. I want ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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Novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A sickly child, Stevenson was an invalid for part of his childhood and remained in ill health throughout his life. He began studying engineering at Edinburgh University but soon switched to law. His true inclination, however, was for writing. For several years after completing his studies, Stevenson traveled on the Continent, gathering ideas for his writing. His Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey (1878) describe some of his experiences there. A variety of essays and short stories followed, most of which were published in magazines. It was with the publication of Treasure Island in 1883, however, that Stevenson achieved wide recognition and fame. This was followed by his most successful adventure story, Kidnapped, which appeared in 1886. With stories such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, Stevenson revived Daniel Defoe's novel of romantic adventure, adding to it psychological analysis. While these stories and others, such as David Balfour and The Master of Ballantrae (1889), are stories of adventure, they are at the same time fine studies of character. The Master of Ballantrae, in particular, is a study of evil character, and this study is taken even further in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). In 1887 Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, went to the United States, first to the health spas of Saranac Lake, New York, and then on to the West Coast. From there they set out for the South Seas in 1889. Except for one trip to Sidney, Australia, Stevenson spent the remainder of his life on the island of Samoa with his devoted wife and stepson. While there he wrote The Wrecker (1892), Island Nights Entertainments (1893), and Catriona (1893), a sequel to Kidnapped. He also worked on St. Ives and The Weir of Hermiston, which many consider to be his masterpiece. He died suddenly of apoplexy, leaving both of these works unfinished. Both were published posthumously; St. Ives was completed by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and The Weir of Hermiston was published unfinished. Stevenson was buried on Samoa, an island he had come to love very much. Although Stevenson's novels are perhaps more accomplished, his short stories are also vivid and memorable. All show his power of invention, his command of the macabre and the eerie, and the psychological depth of his characterization.

Brian Wildsmith was born on January 22, 1930. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London for three years. He later taught maths at the Royal Military School of Music but left so that he could pursue painting. He began working with Oxford University Press in the late 1950s when he was commissioned to illustrate 12 color plates for Tales from the Arabian Nights. He wrote and illustrated more than 80 books during his lifetime including A Christmas Story, Cat on the Mat, and ABC, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal. He died on August 31, 2016 at the age of 86.

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