Reviews for Leaves from a Child's Garden of Verses


School Library Journal Reviews 1993 January
PreS-Gr 3-- In this volume of selections from the classic work, Green offers realistic, full-color paintings with many scenes reminiscent of the era when Stevenson's poems were first published in 1885. Children dressed in pinafores and sailor suits predominate as they entertain china dolls or cook at cast-iron stoves, although some more contemporary , yet genteel , scenes of jeans-clad boys and girls are also shown. It's unfortunate that the timelessness and universal appeal of these poems is not conveyed; every child is white, a characteristic shared with other volumes of A Child's Garden of Verses . Roughly one-third of the poems are accompanied by full-page illustrations; the others are set off with shaded, delicately bordered pages and decorative silhouettes. More accessible in format than Jessie Wilcox Smith's version (Scribners, 1905), but formal and romanticized in presentation, this book presents a contrast to the splash of Brian Wildsmith (Oxford University Pr, 1966) or the whimsy of Gyo Fujikawa (Putnam, 1957), and is more of a coffee-table version than a snuggle-down-and-read-together volume. --Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

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