- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 203mm x 272mm x 8mm | 454g
- Publication date: 1 July 1978
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486234819
- ISBN 13: 9780486234816
- Illustrations note: 45ill.
- Sales rank: 1,045,638
Scottish novelist, poet and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson dedicated "A Child's Garden of Verses" to Alison Cunningham, the nurse of his early childhood years in Edinburgh--a time whose essence he strove to recapture in the sixty-four poems of this long-treasured collection. Here, in "The Land of Counterpane" and "The Land of Nod, " and in such delightful lyrics as "My Bed Is a Boat, " "Autumn Fires" and "Windy Nights, " are rhymes and images children and their parents have cherished together since "A Child's Garden of Verses" was first published in 1885.Alternately humorous and whimsical, grave and fearful, courageous and determined, the poems touchingly voice the many moods and currents of a child's imaginings. All sixty-four poems are reprinted in this edition in large, easy-to-read type. New illustrations by Thea Kliros capture the magical spirit of this beloved classic of children's literature.
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From the sales point of view, this is a good buy. A lot for the money in a complete collection of the perennially popular poems, with numerous colored pictures and quantities of blacks and whites. Critically speaking, the art work is somewhat sentimental and dated, but the Mother Goose in the same vein outsells all others, and this is aimed at the same level of market. (Kirkus Reviews)
Table of contents
At the Sea-Side The Swing Where Go the Boats? The Land of Counterpane The Hayloft The Land of Story-Books The Cow Rain A Thought My Shadow Bed in Summer Windy Nights The Moon Summer Sun My Bed Is a Boat From a Railway Carriage Happy Thought Time to Rise Looking-Glass River Winter-Time My Ship and I Picture-Books in Winter The Wind The Land of Nod Singing