Reviews for Child's Garden of Verses
School Library Journal Reviews 1989 February
K-Gr 3-- There are currently 14 editions of Stevenson's perennial classic in print, as well as single editions of The Moon (Harper, 1984) and Block City (Dutton, 1988) . Now here is another. The illustrations for this volume have been selected from the work of 20 illustrators published between 1896 (Charles Robinson) and 1940 (Ruth Mary Hallock). For those interested in the history of children's book illustration, the work of E. Mars (1900) may be of interest, as well as that of H. Willebeek Le Mair, with its sophisticated use of color. The strongest work is that of Jessie Willcox Smith, but Smith admirers may have the edition of the verses that she has illustrated entirely (Scribners, 1905). With the exception of the illustrators mentioned and Willy Pogany's charming end papers, the art work is second rate, although possibly of sentimental interest to adults. For children, the editions illustrated by Blegvad, Foreman, Smith, Tudor, and Wildsmith are better choices. --Ann Stell, The Smithtown Library, NY Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.