A Child's Garden of Verses

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A Child's Garden of Verses
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First edition cover
Author Robert Louis Stevenson
GenrePoetry collection
Publisher Longmans, Green, & Co [1]
Publication date
1885 [1]
Pages101 [1]
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Title Page of a 1916 US edition

A Child's Garden of Verses is an 1885 volume of 64 poems for children by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. It has been reprinted many times, often in illustrated versions, and is considered to be one of the most influential children’s works of the 19th century. [2] The poems, which have been widely imitated, are written from the point of view of a child. Stevenson dedicated the collection to his childhood nurse, Alison Cunningham. [2]



One of the poems, "Happy Thought", as used in A Little Book for A Little Cook, 1905 A Little Book for A Little Cook, image 13.jpg
One of the poems, "Happy Thought", as used in A Little Book for A Little Cook, 1905

Part I

The Child Alone

Garden Days



Inspired by a children's book of 1880, the collection was orginally to be called Penny Whistles, [2] but was ultimately published by Longmans, Green, & Co in 1885 as A Child's Garden of Verses. [1]


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