A Child's Garden of Verses, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Originally published in 1885, "A Child's Garden of Verses" has served as a wonderful introduction to poetry for each new generation.

Stevenson's beloved poems celebrate childhood in all its complexity and joy, from "The Land of Nod" to the playful, ever-popular "My Shadow." Of the many available editions, Gyo Fujikawa's is one of the sweetest and most personal.

Illustrated in 1957, it was her very first book - and she evokes a simpler, more innocent time that should profoundly appeal to today's audiences.

It is a gift that every child will treasure.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 104 pages, b&w & colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Sterling Juvenile
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9781402750625



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This delightful collection combines 19th century poetry with simple illustrations that capture the innocence of childhood. The images are colorful with clean lines, multicultural children, and appropriate pictures expressing the mood and tone of each poem, and infusing the language with light and love. The images seemed to be inspired by the 1950’s and upon further research I discovered they were originally done in 1957.

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The poems mostly have to do with going off to imaginary lands, utilizing common things in a playful fashion, and enjoying the wonderous time of childhood while it lasts. It's all touched very heavily by nostalgia - I don't know anything about Robert Louis Stevenson's life, but it seems he really wanted his adult life to be simpler and less soul-destroying, ha ha. I think it's kind of funny how adults wax nostalgic about the simpleness of childhood; quite clearly children don't feel it's simple or wonderous very much of the time. ;)The illustrations by Gyo Fujikawa are also sweetly nostalgic, full of cherubic boys and girls, lush grasses, delicately pretty flowers, butterflies, and birds, etc. I think the artwork was originally published in the 1950's and you can tell - very emblematic of that time. Quite a lovely gift book; some classics could serve as read alouds during a storytime.

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A great collection of poetry for young children.The artwork is also very delightful.

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This book is a must and I love Gyo's beautiful, child-like illustrations. "The Land of Counterpane" is a particular favorite- this is childhood as it is meant to be, not stuck in front of a television or attached to a device. Children and parents alike will be transported to a sleepier, gentler land.