Stevenson dedicated the poems to his nurse Cummy Alison Cunningham , who cared for him during his many childhood illnesses. Many of the poems describe the imaginative life of the child. Other poems in the book are moral reminders to children. His experiences at the manse playing in the garden inspired many of the poems in the collection. As from the house your mother sees You playing round the garden trees, So you may see, if you will look Through the windows of this book, Another child, far, far ways, And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all, By knocking on the window, call That child to hear you. He intent Is all on his play-business bent.
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He does not hear; he will not look, Nor yet be lured out of this book. For, long ago, truth to say, He has grown up and gone away, And it is but a child of air That lingers in the garden there. Chatto and Windus, ], p. Happy Thought The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
I don't know about you, but in a world as full of ugliness as ours, this admonition to remember how full the world is of happy-making things does my heart good and seems a perfect place to end. Mar 20, Malakai Kong rated it really liked it. It talks about the wind and how it feels.
A Child's Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
My favorite line is, "O you that are so strong and cold. My favorite rhyming words are "cold and old," "sky and high," and "long and song. He may have gone outside and then written this poem to describe how he feels about the wind. Delightful poems, exactly to a child's experience and taste, and surprisingly unproblematic considering their age. A parent might want to explain to a child that "negro" was the normal polite term for Africans when RLS wrote but it isn't now, and that's about it, and you can explain it in the same way you explain why we don't dress by candle-light and have nurses any more.
Perhaps these are too formative for me to have a rational opinion. When I was a kid, reading these, I was convinced that RLS Delightful poems, exactly to a child's experience and taste, and surprisingly unproblematic considering their age. When I was a kid, reading these, I was convinced that RLS had written them when he was in fact himself still a child, that unlike everything else I read that was written for adults for children or for adults for other adults, these poems alone were written by a child for children, from a child's real and present experience.
Reading it now, I can entirely see why I thought that, and I still almost think it, even though I know better. Like RLS I was a child who had to spend time in bed sick, who liked to play outside, and a lot of these experiences of considering scale and the world still ring very true -- but maybe because I read them so young and internalised them. The difference in length and rhyme scheme of these poems still seems to me exactly to a child's taste and utterly different from the way an adult would shape them. An adult wouldn't write "The world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings" and leave it as that, as the whole poem, which has been giving me satisfaction for half a century.
But Stevenson did, and I'm glad he did. My edition different cover, with an assortment of classic illustrations chosen by Cooper Edens. My review from the Children's Books discussion for Poetry month: Emphasizes the sentimental and the nostalgic. That may be appropriate, and a good way to sell the book to the ppl with the money I would have loved any edition of this when my children were tiny.
Reading it now, I feel as if I deprived my kids!
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Even n My edition different cover, with an assortment of classic illustrations chosen by Cooper Edens. Even nursing infants could appreciate the sounds, the rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration of the poems as read aloud. It won't be long before some of the lines stick in their heads And toddlers can enjoy many of the concepts Owning whichever edition of this you prefer is like owning a big book of Mother Goose rhymes, and another big book, or collection, of famous fairy tales Many of the poems have been reprinted in other collections, including the Nat'l Geog.
But many are new to me, too. View all 3 comments. Sep 22, Cher rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a sentimental review because of how personally I cherish this collection. My grandfather had a old edition of this book like from the s and whenever my sister and I slept over, he would read the different poems over and over again until we fell asleep. So to say I adore this book is a bit of an understatement as I can't read the poems without hearing my grandpa's voice.
A Child's Garden of Verses
The poems themselves are utterly charming, harking back to an older childhood, perhaps a more innocent one, a time This is a sentimental review because of how personally I cherish this collection. The poems themselves are utterly charming, harking back to an older childhood, perhaps a more innocent one, a time when television, internet, and wii were not around to mindlessly entertain a young mind. Instead they are a reminder about what childhood used to mean, possibly the idealistic memories adults think they had of their childhood, but I still like to give this as a gift to young children as I hope it will inspire them to turn off their electronics and relish in their play and imagination as they once did.
Feb 10, Marnie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was given to me by my kindergarten teacher. I still have it and treasure it. Aug 04, Florencia rated it it was ok Shelves: The gardener The gardener does not love to talk. He makes me keep the gravel walk; And when he puts his tools away, He locks the door and takes the key.
Away behind the currant row, Where no one else but cook may go, Far in the plots, I see him dig, Old and serious, brown and big. He digs the flowers, green, red, and blue, Nor wishes to be spoken to. He digs the flowers and cuts the hay, And never seems to want to play. Well now, and while the summer stays, To profit by these garden days O how much wiser you would be To play at Indian wars with me! Well, isn't it just lovely? Feb 25, Deyanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just saw a review on this and remembered that it is on my shelf as well.
Great art and of course poetry for children. Nov 05, Wayne rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I really tried to give this at least TWO stars, but when you're really glad you have finished a book I think that's a pretty good indication of the star rating.
Perhaps it might be thought that a poetry book should be read in small bites?? Yes, much poetry is dense in terms of compacted thoughts and image and metaphor. After reading one Shakespeare sonnet reviewed one has to gasp for breath. What was that semi-trailer that just passed over me!??!!
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An immediate reread is necessary. The syntax w I really tried to give this at least TWO stars, but when you're really glad you have finished a book I think that's a pretty good indication of the star rating. The syntax word order is often a challenge in itself. But here, with Robert Louis, small bites came from an overdose of cloying sentimentality.
A glucose overdose is NOT healthy!! And hence the poems lacked real substance. I can appreciate that for many this book was a lovely walk down Memory Lane. And I love that with A. As I have poems from "A Child's Garden". But not to the exclusion of modern poems for children. So I hope all fans do spread their wings!! These I had read in anthologies or isolated in story books and so much easier to digest.
BUT to sit down and plough through a whole cloying, sentimental volume was just more than could be expected of anyone's digestive system. I needed a spoonful of medicine metaphor for Reality to help the sugar go down!!!! I have taught thousands of children and I don't think I have ever encountered a child like this!! The archaic language added to the alienation, whereas usually I enjoy such a shift in style and vocabulary.
Happily some very nice moments, but too much 'Niceness" in the end. I am now seeking refuge and recovery with an injection of Ted Hughes in his "Collected Poems for Children. Roald Dahl's children's verses may be another sedative!! Watson which are very nice but a bit too derivative of E.
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Shepard who did the A. Milne books of the 's. View all 8 comments. Mar 18, Jill Hutchinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: What wonderful memories this little book holds! It is responsible for my bibliomania of today. We were a reading family and my parents bought me this book when I was a small child and would read to me from it until I mastered reading on my own.
Such classic poems it contains and my edition has illustrations by the wonderful Jesse Wilcox Smith which makes it even better. Along with Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field, this book never gets old and is still enjoyable to the adult who read it as a ch What wonderful memories this little book holds! Along with Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field, this book never gets old and is still enjoyable to the adult who read it as a child.
The Wind "I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies' skirts across the grass- O wind, a-blowing all day long, O Wind, that sings so loud a song" I cannot find the correct edition - ours is ancient! I adore Wynken, Blinken and Nod and "How do you like to go up in the air, up in the air so high, oh I do think it is the They are my favorites. View all 20 comments. The poem read is forgotten as soon as the page is turned. The illustrations are wonderfully done.
May 28, Taymara Jagmohan rated it really liked it. A Child's Garden of Verses is a read that reminds me of all the little experiences as a child! Sometimes we see the moon, we see the weathered patterns, and we see the happy thoughts resonate into actions, but do we ever know where they spring from? They don't lodge themselves from the grabs of young imagination, but this is a phase that truly continues to grow. You grow old towards the genuine reality, and repose of life, but are you enjoying it? Do not be afraid of living fo Absolutely wonderful!
Do not be afraid of living for once in your heavenly thoughts, because the Mexicans have a lifelong tradition of living in it. The Buddhists live in their Nirvanas, and the Hindus worship their rich liberations or Shaktis! Why can't you live in the freedom of yourself? I learnt so many things from this book. Let things matter to you, and know what they are about. This made me laugh: I woke before the morning, I was happy all day. I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play. And now at last the sun is going down behind the wood, And I am very happy, for I know that I have been good.
My bed is waiting cool and fresh, With linen smooth and fair, And I must be off to sleepsin-bay, And not forget my prayer. I know that, till to-morrow I shall see the sun arise, No ugly dream shall fight my mind, no ugly sight for my eyes. But slumber hold me tightly till I waken in the dawn, And hear the thrushes singing in the lilacs round the lawn.
The book was beautiful, and small. I am progressing beautifully today, eh? With at least six different editions of 'A Child's Garden of Verses' already in my collection, why would I want another I wonder? The answer was that it was a superbly illustrated edition and had a lengthy introduction by Michael Rosen so I just had to have it.
And why would I read it having read it innumerable times before? The answer to that is that it is one of my all-time favourite books and I enjoy reading it over and over again. I was not disappointed this time either as I visited The Land With at least six different editions of 'A Child's Garden of Verses' already in my collection, why would I want another I wonder? The book is a remarkable achievement for Stevenson was a sickly child and acknowledges that in his introductory poem to his nurse Alison Cunningham but one would never know from the absolutely delightful poems of childhood that he has written.
It is a book that I certainly hope to read again and again in the future and each time picking a different edition from my collection I feel sure it will be five stars each time. I give this book two stars and I think that is being pretty darn generous. The poetry is very old-fashioned and filled with difficult words--words that are even difficult for me like "paven pools" and "gabies". I doubt these will show up on future SAT's. The poems are good if you are old enough to understand them, but the children they are meant for are probably too young for them.
We read Gyo Fujikawa's edition. The illustrations are so cute but, despite being drawn by a Japanese-American woman I give this book two stars and I think that is being pretty darn generous. The illustrations are so cute but, despite being drawn by a Japanese-American woman, are not multicultural. That is a sign of the times. I guess in it was still an all white world in children's books. We soldiered on, reading a little from this book every day and I am SO glad we are finished.
I am returning to the library today!!!! It is now about a month later. I judged a speech contest where the participants recited poetry. Looking at the poems, I instantly knew they were Robert Louis Stevenson!!!
And all because of this book. I guess it is like Shakespeare--you groan inwardly, but it makes you smart. Dec 04, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a child it was my Mom who who read to me many bedtime stories, except for Christmas eve when my Dad would read us "The Night before Christmas", and every so often, my Dad would read from this book! His favorite was "The Lamplighter" The book had beautiful illustrations and I can still hear my Dad saying with great voice inflection "O Leerie I'll go round at night and light the lamps with you".