A Childs Garden of Verses

A Childs Garden of Verses

by Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Robinson


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The enduring popularity of Robert Louis Stevensons A Child's Garden of Verses (1885) is testament to the poet's uncanny ability to evoke the child's viewpoint so truly that it has flourished for more than a century. We have paired the poems with Charles Robinson's 1896 illustrations, which reflect not only the Art Nouveau aesthetic of that time, but also Robinson's masterful draftsmanship.

Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), in addition to giving us the beloved  A Child's Garden of Verses, is also the author of such timeless works as Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 

Charles Robinson (1870-1937) was born into a family of artists, and he and his brothers T. Heath and W. Heath carried on this fine tradition.  During his long and distinguished career Charles Robinson illustrated over 100 books, mostly for children, and was equally adept at line drawing and watercolors.  His black and white illustrations are no less exciting or vibrant than their color counterparts - such is Robinson's genius.  He was among the first to recognize the importance of book design and champion the book as a work of art in and of itself.    Though clearly influenced by the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements of his day, Charles Robinson was a true original and titan of children's illustration. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595833501
Publisher: Laughing Elephant
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Edition description: Enlarged
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a prolific Scottish poet and novelist in the 19th century. He was admired by many other authors, and his work includes The Black Arrow, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He died in 1894.

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

Table of Contents

Bed in Summer9
A Thought10
At the Seaside11
Young Night Thought12
Whole Duty of Children13
Pirate Story16
Foreign Lands18
Windy Nights20
Looking Forward24
A Good Play25
Where Go the Boats26
Auntie's Skirts27
The Land of Counterpane29
The Land of Nod30
My Shadow32
A Good Boy36
Escape at Bedtime38
Marching Song40
The Cow42
Happy Thought44
The Wind46
Keepsake Mill48
Good and Bad Children49
Foreign Children50
The Sun's Travels52
The Lamplighter53
My Bed is a Boat54
The Moon57
The Swing58
Time to Rise59
Looking-Glass River60
Fairy Bread62
From a Railway Carriage64
The Hayloft66
Farewell to the Farm68
North-West Passage
1Good Night69
2Shadow March70
3In Port71
The Child Alone
The Unseen Playmate74
My Ship and I75
My Kingdom76
Picture Books in Winter78
My Treasures80
Block City81
The Land of Storybooks82
Armies in the Fire84
The Little Land86
Garden Days
Night and Day90
Nest Eggs92
The Flowers94
Summer Sun96
The Dumb Soldier98
Autumn Fires100
The Gardener102
Historical Associations104
To Willie and Henrietta106
To my Mother107
To Auntie108
To Minnie110
To my Name-Child113
To any Reader116
Robert Louis Stevenson120
A Short Biography

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