A Child's Garden of Verses: A Classic Illustrated edition

A Child's Garden of Verses: A Classic Illustrated edition


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Here is a classic, illustrated edition of one of the best loved poetry collections in the world. Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 pictures by the most distinguished children's book artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this edition of A Child's Garden of Verses contains all the poems that appeared in the original book, published over 100 years ago.

This is a volume to be cherished for a lifetime: by parents and by grandparents who grew up with the poems and, most of all, by children who are being introduced to this extraordinary collection for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877016083
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 08/28/1989
Series: Classic Illustrated Series
Pages: 124
Sales rank: 52,410
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 12 Years

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish author of novels, poems, and essays, is best known for the classic books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson remains popular for his celebrated contributions to the adventure and horror genres.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa


Edinburgh University, 1875

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BOOKLIST, Starred Review, November 1, 1989
The poems are oh-so familiar and the artwork extends the nostalgia; yet Cooper Edens' conception, choice of illustration, and the juxtaposition of the art and text on the page bring a new appreciation of both words and pictures. More than 100 selections from illustrators from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries grace the crisp white pages in a pleasing mix of full color and black and white. The works, mostly taken from previously illustrated editions of Stevenson's famous collection, are by such well-known artists as Jessie Wilcox Smith, Charles Robinson, H. Willebeek Le Mair, Margaret Tarrant, and Willy Pogany. Sources and a short biography of the poet are appended. M. Dibdin Spooner's painting for "The Land of Counterpane" appears on the dust jacket, making an enticing invitation to enter Stevenson's rich and magical world; those who respond will cherish the experience.

REDBOOK, 10 Best New Picturebooks for Kids
First published in 1885, Stevenson's classic collection has never gone out of print. This glorious new edition includes 64 evocative poems, over 100 timeless illustrations and a one-page biography of the well-loved author. It is a stunning treasury that belongs in every child's library.

AMERICAN BOOKSELLER, Pick of the Lists, August 1989
Drawing generously from many of the great illustrated editions of the past hundred years, this lavish version of the classic treasury makes an excellent gift.

Top Ten Picture Books of the Year Redbook

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A Child's Garden of Verses: A Classic Illustrated Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
msbunnyNH More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as a child, and really do give it as a gift quite often. It's fun to read to a young child, and for them to read later on their own. This edition has the best illustrations, don't settle for any other!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to read the full copy to my nieces. When my daughter was born, I searched for another full copy. Only the board book was available at the time so I bought it, figuring the highlights were better than nothing. I'm still buying the full copy because some of my favorite verses aren't included in this version. But a great start if you haven't read this before. And the board book format is a hit with the little ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a copy of this book (The full version) that was printed in around 1916, it is falling apart at the bindings because of being read so much. A lot of the reading was before my time, but a lot was after as well. I am twenty now, and I still enjoy reading this book. My mother read it to me before I could read it myself. I have quite a few of the poems memorized, and I look forward to reading this to my neice and my children when I have my own. Buy this book and read it to little ones of all ages, it is wonderful and amazing.
MaryLamb More than 1 year ago
I love to give this particular book as a baby gift because it's beautifully and colorfully illustrated, it's just the right size, and it has some of the world's most loved children's poems. The baby's - and parent's - appreciation for the book grows as the child does, and there is more for him or her to notice.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have mixed opinions of this collection of poems. I read this aloud to my older son several years ago and he loved the poems, he even memorized several of them. He especially had fun memorizing My Shadow. I've just now finished reading it to my 8yo and have to say he was not impressed. We read a two-page spread every school day as part of our homeschool. Though the poems are written for children, they are written for Victorian children and the 8yo didn't understand half of the words used so we spent a lot of time discussing what each poem was really about and how it applied to things he would recognize in his life today. Sometime he'd think the poem was OK and he didn't dread me reading it but mostly he just thought they were boring. Myself, there are several of the popular poems that I think are wonderful: Bed in Summer, My Shadow, and Picture Books in Winter especially. Some others I'd rather do without.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".
empeegee More than 1 year ago
Like others here, I love this book; I began reading it to my son when he was an infant. It's my favorite thing to give to a new baby. I have at least 35 copies of it, including a very fine Jessie Willcox Smith illustrated one - - I even have the Dover coloring book. I think it a perfect gift for a new baby, in fact that's why I'm here.
poetry4life More than 1 year ago
I love these poems but the back binding was crumpled. I did not notice this until I had already given it to my granddaughter.
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I bought this as a gift for an adult collector. I consider it a classic and therefore collectible for any bibliophile.
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