From Our Editors
Discover a captivating treasury by master wordsmith Robert
Louis Stevenson. Celebrate the magic and wonder of
childhood and gardens in verse. This well-known collection of poems
tells of fairies, far-away places and brings them vividly to life
with the gorgeous watercolours of one of America's best-loved
illustrators, Tasha Tudor. Children and adults
will marvel at this gorgeous edition, which is elegantly designed
in full-cloth binding with stamping and ribbon. A
Child's Garden of Verses is 72 pages of sheer delight
that you or your child will not want to miss.
From the Publisher
Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and
storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six
poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing
boats down a river, to waiting for the lamplighter, to sailing off
to foreign lands in his imagination. Tasha Tudor''s watercolor
paintings evoke a simpler time in the past, and celebrate two of
the things she loves most -- children and nature. Her talents are
the perfect match for these inspiring poems, making this a handsome
gift edition that will be cherished by families for generations.
From the Jacket
''The world is so full of a number of things, I''m sure we should all be happy as kings.''This classic collection of poems, beautifully illustrated by Brian Wildsmith, recreates the happy and magical world of childhood.
About the Author
Novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A sickly child, Stevenson was an invalid for part of his childhood and remained in ill health throughout his life. He began studying engineering at Edinburgh University but soon switched to law. His true inclination, however, was for writing. For several years after completing his studies, Stevenson traveled on the Continent, gathering ideas for his writing. His Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey (1878) describe some of his experiences there. A variety of essays and short stories followed, most of which were published in magazines. It was with the publication of Treasure Island in 1883, however, that Stevenson achieved wide recognition and fame. This was followed by his most successful adventure story, Kidnapped, which appeared in 1886. With stories such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, Stevenson revived Daniel Defoe's novel of romantic adventure, adding to it psychological analysis. While these stories and others, such as David Balfour and The Master of Ballantrae (1889), are stories of adventure, they are at the same time fine studies of character. The Master of Ballantrae, in particular, is a study of evil character, and this study is taken even further in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). In 1887 Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, went to the United States, first to the health spas of Saranac Lake, New York, and then on to the West Coast. From there they set out for the South Seas in 1889. Except for one trip to Sidney, Australia, Stevenson spent the remainder of his life on the island of Samoa with his devoted wife and stepson. While there he wrote The Wrecker (1892), Island Nights Entertainments (1893), and Catriona (1893), a sequel to Kidnapped. He also worked on St. Ives and The Weir of Hermiston, which many consider to be his masterpiece. He died suddenly of apoplexy, leaving both of these works unfinished. Both were published posthumously; St. Ives was completed by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and The Weir of Hermiston was published unfinished. Stevenson was buried on Samoa, an island he had come to love very much. Although Stevenson's novels are perhaps more accomplished, his short stories are also vivid and memorable. All show his power of invention, his command of the macabre and the eerie, and the psychological depth of his characterization.
About the Book
In this well-known collection of poems, the master poet captures all the joy and magic of childhood. Tudor's signature watercolors celebrate children and nature.