|"The Land of Counterpane," "The Land of Nod" and 62 other poems voice the many moods and currents of a child's imaginings. Reprinted in large, easy-to-read type, with new illustrations.|
|Author||Robert Louis Stevenson|
|Series||Early Best Sellers Ser.|
|Edited by||Robert Louis Stevenson|
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Robert Louis Stevenson wrote these 64 wonderful poems mostly while in England and in Southern France between about 1878 and 1885 when they were first published. Since they were reflections on his own childhood, he titled them “A Child’s Garden of Verses” (ACGV). Why would you suppose that these much loved poems were not illustrated until 1895 by Charles Robinson, a year after Stevenson's death, even though the author provided many suggestions and ideas on how his written words could be enhanced by pictures? That question may, forever, remain a mystery. But since that time, well over 120 or so different artists have graced the words with their diverse and imaginative visual impressions to augment our own appreciation of the poems.
Tasha Tudor was one of the best known and loved artists for these poems and her first edition came out in 1947. Unlike many of the artists for ACGV editions, Ms. Tudor made a number of modifications to her illustrations over the ensuing years and this edition of 1981 almost looks like an entirely new book with its superb and inspiring pictures. Even in the 34 years between these editions, the ‘feel’ of the pictures has changed to reflect a more timely image of these experiences. Thus, there has even been a continuing evolution in her artistic interpretation of the many and cherished experiences of early childhood, along with a haunting “look back” into childhood for us adults as we thumb through this fine book. In looking through it, we are helped to remember and visualize the day to day experiences of such things as breezing along in our swing, digging holes in the wet sea sand, trying to understand and outwit our shadow, or keep ourselves occupied when we are sick in bed, or frustratingly lying awake in our beds in the broad daylight of summer but getting up in the dark of winter, watching rain fall on our street or on the ships at sea, and, seemingly later in life (like us adults), looking out of our window into the garden of our childhood only to see a wisp of our former selves in that pleasant land of the past. The hundred or so different interpretations of art works for ACGV are all very fascinating and those of Ms. Tudor even show the changing of her own images for the poems over time, just like our own memories of them also seem to vary and ‘season’ as we grow older too.
The combining of the talents of Robert Louis Stevenson and Tasha Tudor make this edition of these poems a special treat. I remember reading these poems as a child and wondering at the stories Stevenson told in them. Even fifty years ago, they spoke of a world long gone and a boy who, though sickly as a child, went on to travel the earth and experience adventure as an adult and to continue to write about it. They were wonderful. The addition of the lovely soft, dreamlike illustrations of Ms. Tudor just makes it all better. To add to this prize was the performance of my seller. This trade was made easy by a cooperative willing person who made this trade one of the easiest of the 200+ procedures I have done on Ebay. Definitely a satisfying situation all around.
I bought this book for my grandchildren, but I think that I will get just as much joy from it as they do. The pictures are beautiful (of course, they are by Thomas Kinkade!), the scripture verses and prayers are a nice addition, and it has all my favorite childhood poems from Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses". It gives information about Thomas Kinkade and how he hides details in his paintings, so it has you looking more closely at each one throughout the book. There is also an article about Robert Louis Stevenson. All in all, it is a delightful book!
This product, which took over 5 weeks to arrive was not by Joyce Lancaster Wilson as described nor by the publisher The press in tuscany Alley. Repeated efforts to find out if seller actually had the book as described failed.
I got this book on a whim as I was already buying something else from a seller. A while back, a literary friend of mine had recommended Robert Louis Stevenson's poems for children. The poems are well written. Many depict life through the eyes of a child. I found myself wanting to go back to that "carefree" phase of life. The beautiful illustrations drew me in to the poem. My preschool children ask for a poem before nap time. I don't think they grasp the depth of the poems, but there's enough on the surface that they enjoy and ask for more. A good choice for your library.