A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert  Louis StevensonA Child's Garden of Verses by Robert  Louis Stevenson

A Child's Garden of Verses

byRobert Louis StevensonIllustratorTasha Tudor

Picture Books | January 15, 1999


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.
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 sever...
Title:A Child's Garden of VersesFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:72 pages, 11.75 × 9 × 0.5 inPublished:January 15, 1999Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689823827

ISBN - 13:9780689823824

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poems that your child will fondly remember I found this book on my parent's bookshelf as a child. It was my go to passtime when my brother and sisters were off somewhere, and I was alone. I have such fond memories of reading these poems, and imagining the scenes they describe; especially, The Swing. I'm so glad to have found it, and have bought it for my grandaughter in the hopes that she too will enjoy it and develop an appreciation for poetry.
Date published: 2012-12-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from wee bit disappointed I was not expecting the book to be a hard page book. The one I raised my children with was larger and paper paged. But the verses are the same and I guess that is what really mattered.
Date published: 2009-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Poetry 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".
Date published: 2009-01-20

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.