- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 206mm x 8mm | 91g
- Publication date: 1 February 1993
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486273016
- ISBN 13: 9780486273013
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: 6ill.
- Sales rank: 189,808
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
TO ALISON CUNNINGHAMI. Bed in SummerII. A ThoughtIII. At the Sea-SideIV. Young Night ThoughtV. Whole Duty of ChildrenVI. RainVII. Pirate StoryVIII. Foreign LandsIX. Windy NightsX. TravelXI. SingingXII. Looking ForwardXIII. A Good PlayXIV. Where Go the Boats?XV. Auntie's SkirtsXVI. The Land ofCounterpaneXVII. The Land of NodXVIII. My ShadowXIX. SystemXX. A Good BoyXXI. Escape at BedtimeXXII. Marching SongXXIII. The CowXXIV. Happy ThoughtXXV. The WindXXVI. Keepsake MillXXVII. Good and Bad ChildrenXXVIII. Foreign ChildrenXXIX. The Sun's TravelsXXX. The LamplighterXXXI. My Bed Is a BoatXXXII. The MoonXXIII. The SwingXXXIV. Time to RiseXXXV. Looking-Glass RiverXXXVI. Fairy BreadXXXVII. From a Railway CarriageXXXVIII. Winter-TimeXXXIX. The HayloftXL. Farewell to the FarmXLI. North-West Passage 1. GOOD NIGHT 2. SHADOW MARCH 3. IN PORTTHE CHILD ALONEI. The Unseen PlaymateII. My Ship and IIII. My KingdomIV. Picture-Books in WinterV. My TreasuresVI. Block CityVII. The Land of Story-BooksVIII. Armies in the FireIX. The Little LandGARDEN DAYSI. Night and DayII. Nest EggsIII. The FlowersIV. Summer SunV. The Dumb SoldierVI. Autumn FiresVII. The GardenerVIII. Historical AssociationsENVOYSI. To Willie and HenriettaII. To My MotherIII. To AuntieIV. To MinnieV. To My Name-ChildVI. To Any ReaderAlphabetical List of TitlesAlphabetical List of First Lines