A Child's Garden of Verses

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Robert Louis Stevenson
DK Pub., 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 30 pages
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The most popular collection of poems about childhood in the English language. A Child's Garden of Verses is the most popular collection of poems about childhood in the English language. The poems describe activities, feelings, and fantasies familiar to children. The perfectly chosen words and lively rhythms and rhymes have enchanted generations of young readers. This book includes the poems most appropriate for today's child. They are accompanied by paintings of childhood as vibrant and evocative as the words. This is a beautiful introduction to poetry and painting for parents and children to share. "Every bright word or picture... is a piece of pleasure set afloat; the reader catches it, and, if he be healthy, goes on his way rejoicing, and it is the business of art to send him, as often as possible." Robert Louis Stevenson, 1885

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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 ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1850, the only son of a wealthy engineer. His childhood was plagued by illness, making regular schooling impossible. He went to Edinburgh University at the age of 17 to study law, then spent the rest of his life traveling, trying to find a healthy climate. In 1876 he met a married woman, Fanny Osbourne, whom he followed to America and married after her divorce in 1880. Stevenson was a lively man of strong words and feelings, who decided to become a writer in his teens. His career took off when he published accounts of his travels. In 1881 he began Treasure Island, which was to make him famous when it was published in 1883. He started A Child's Garden of Verses while working on Treasure Island and revised it during a stay in England after 1884, when he also wrote Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He died suddenly in the South Seas in 1894.

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