Guest Author - Taisha Turner
A Child’s Garden of Verses is a classic collection of sixty-six poems. The great writer Robert Louis Stevenson is the author. Robert Louis Stevenson is mostly remembered as the writer of the sea adventure novels, Kidnapped and Treasure Island.
Robert Louis Stevenson was sickly as a child and was bedridden. His imagination was his best friend. Later, as a grown man, Stevenson reconnected with his childhood fanciful thoughts. A Child’s Garden of Verses is the beautiful result.
The book of poems is divided into chapters. There are a variety of subjects. The Flowers, Summer Sun, Playing with Toys, Climbing a Tree, Manners and Bedtime are the chapters. They are not the poems from an adult’s point of view, but of a child’s perception of the world. The words and thoughts are pure and innocent.
A Child’s Garden of Verses contains short, simple poems about the rain, pirates, songs and travel. Poems about manners are useful. There is a poem called “A Good Boy.” Some poems are simple observations of life. A poem, “The Cow,” tells of a bovine who “gives cream for desserts” and “stands in the meadow eating flowers.” They are simple observations to which a child can relate.
A Child’s Garden of Verses will bring years of pleasure. Begin reading the poems to a child as an infant and continue to read through grade school. Soon, the child can independently read them. As an adult, they can reread their favorite childhood poems. They can even share them with a young child.
Robert Louis Stevenson lived in the nineteenth century. So it is reasonable that some poems are dated. It does not take away from the poems’ beauty. Yet, some situations must be explained to toddlers and elementary school students. For example, there is a poem about a lamplighter. Young children are not aware street lights were once lit by a person, not by an automatic timer.
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Note: A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson review book is from a friend's private library.