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Best-known for his books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson also wrote some of the most beloved children’s poems in the world. Captured in this beautifully-illustrated volume, here is a selection of Stevenson’s wonderful poems that have captivated young and old for a century.


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Best-known for his books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson also wrote some of the most beloved children’s poems in the world. Captured in this beautifully-illustrated volume, here is a selection of Stevenson’s wonderful poems that have captivated young and old for a century.

30 review for Poetry for Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Oh I do love this series. I love how an effort is made to match the illustrator with the primary vibe of the poems. Most of Stevenson's poems are best for small children, so Corvino's sweet pictures generally work well. Most of his children's poems are in "A Child's Garden of Verses" which has been published many times, in whole or part. And several of his poems have their very own picture-books. All of which to say, several if not most of these will be familiar to you. But not all, I'm sure, ju Oh I do love this series. I love how an effort is made to match the illustrator with the primary vibe of the poems. Most of Stevenson's poems are best for small children, so Corvino's sweet pictures generally work well. Most of his children's poems are in "A Child's Garden of Verses" which has been published many times, in whole or part. And several of his poems have their very own picture-books. All of which to say, several if not most of these will be familiar to you. But not all, I'm sure, judging by this fan's experience. And I'm very glad that 'From a Railway Carriage' is included - even if you don't choose to read this book, find that poem and read it aloud; note the rhythm and energy that masterfully brings to life the experience of rushing past those sights.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Excellent selection of poems, with glossaries of less familiar words. Lucy Corvino brings Stevenson's child-centered poems to life with lots of bright, cheerful children, animals, plants, etc.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Joseph-Beth Booksellers had a grownup summer reading program for a gift certificate which looked like a bingo sheet, where each space represented a different category or genre. Participants had to complete a "bingo" set of books to get the gift certificate. I hadn't even been aware of the program when my husband brought home a set of these cards. In looking back over my summer's readings on Goodreads, I found that I already, naturally almost had several bingos without even trying to find books w Joseph-Beth Booksellers had a grownup summer reading program for a gift certificate which looked like a bingo sheet, where each space represented a different category or genre. Participants had to complete a "bingo" set of books to get the gift certificate. I hadn't even been aware of the program when my husband brought home a set of these cards. In looking back over my summer's readings on Goodreads, I found that I already, naturally almost had several bingos without even trying to find books which suited their categories. Hmm. I hadn't realized I was reading so much variety, but it's nice to know that I do read from a wider range of genres than I thought. Anyway, in order to complete the card easily, I either had to read a book from a genre I'd not read before, or read a book of poetry. I doubt there's very many genres that I've not read before that I'm willing to read, so I went with poetry. I probably should've chosen a grownup book of poetry, but while I like poetry, and there even have been some authors I'd been interested in reading more from, I can't imagine absorbing a whole book of it in a meaningful manner by summer's end. I like to think over things more than just fly through them. This book, then, is a cop-out, and my only excuse is all those books of all those other categories I've already read that don't quite line up into a "bingo." My several almost-Bingos, extra books I wouldn't have had to read if I were just going for a win of a single Bingo. I chose this book, partly because I already had it on hand, and partly because I was curious about the poem from my own childhood I'd heard repeated recently: "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." I had thought there was more to that poem, but I couldn't remember it, and so I dug it out to reminiscence a little. I found that, at least in this book, that's all to that particular poem. An online search confirmed it. I ended up reading this book to my youngest child, who is more than fully capable of reading it, but seemed to want to curl up next to me and reminiscence with me a little. If you read this book, read it aloud, dramatically, as most poems were meant to be read aloud. There were so many of my childhood favorites "I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see ..." I and one of my sisters used to have that one memorized. And I loved the Land of Counterpane, and how RLS turned his frequent childhood illnesses into something playful and good like this, to entertain other little children. I also loved that RLS dedicated "A Child's Garden of Verses" to the nurse that took care of him during his illnesses. I loved Block City, too. My youngest and I talked about Windy Nights, and whether the horseman the child heard was 1) his own heartbeat, my child's idea, or 2) wind blowing the branches against the house, my idea. I'd never thought of the heartbeat idea, but it fits too. Requiem is just sad; RLS wrote it for himself: "Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. "This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be, Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill." Another reviewer mentioned the problem word in the poem "Travel." It is truly an offensive word now, but there was an era when it wasn't, necessarily. It could've been used that way, but it could also have been just descriptive. The reviewer who mentioned it was a teacher who planned to just skip that poem with her students. Honestly, I'd probably do the same with any large group of kids. There's so many other good poems in here to choose from without opening that can of worms. My own kids are a different matter. I've read it to them because we have more time to discuss those sorts of issues.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Tarullo

    Poetry for Young People was a good book. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of poetry, but I felt this book had something for every child. Intended for younger people, it is a great book to have in the classroom. The book has poems about days at the beach, shadows, the countryside, and so much more. The illustrations accompany the poems perfectly. They aid in the story and allow you to get an image of what the author is picturing. With the illustrators varying in size, as well as the length in Poetry for Young People was a good book. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of poetry, but I felt this book had something for every child. Intended for younger people, it is a great book to have in the classroom. The book has poems about days at the beach, shadows, the countryside, and so much more. The illustrations accompany the poems perfectly. They aid in the story and allow you to get an image of what the author is picturing. With the illustrators varying in size, as well as the length in poems, it kept me interested to see what would be next. I would recommend this book of poems to grades 1-4 or to anyone looking for an introductory poetry book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Guido

    Awards the book has received: This book has not received any awards. Appropriate grade level(s): 1st- 3rd grade Original summary: Stevenson has a wonderful and creative array of poems which captivates young readers. Original review: Each of Stevenson's poem creates a unique world for the reader. The pictures help to create the images described in the poem beautifully. 1-2 possible in-class uses: Introduce poetry, while focusing on finding rhymes. This could go further and be used to introduce the Awards the book has received: This book has not received any awards. Appropriate grade level(s): 1st- 3rd grade Original summary: Stevenson has a wonderful and creative array of poems which captivates young readers. Original review: Each of Stevenson's poem creates a unique world for the reader. The pictures help to create the images described in the poem beautifully. 1-2 possible in-class uses: Introduce poetry, while focusing on finding rhymes. This could go further and be used to introduce the different types of rhymes a poet may use when creating his prose.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Lussier

    Genre: Poetry Grade: 1-5 Star Rating: 4 stars Unique Feature: Viewpoint of a child I'm not a big poetry person, but I really enjoyed this read and how it was in the perspective of children. The book covers a lot of imaginary worlds that many children can relate to making it enjoyable for lots of age groups. I also liked how in the beginning of the book, an introduction introducing Robert Louis Stevenson was put. I've heard his name but didn't know much about him so this was helpful to me. Overall, a Genre: Poetry Grade: 1-5 Star Rating: 4 stars Unique Feature: Viewpoint of a child I'm not a big poetry person, but I really enjoyed this read and how it was in the perspective of children. The book covers a lot of imaginary worlds that many children can relate to making it enjoyable for lots of age groups. I also liked how in the beginning of the book, an introduction introducing Robert Louis Stevenson was put. I've heard his name but didn't know much about him so this was helpful to me. Overall, a very enjoyable poetry book for children!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tandava Brahmachari

    Okay, so third one of this series I've read, and this one finally seems to have a coherence to it, in that most of the poems were deliberately written for children and so fit more naturally into a picture book format. So it gets points for doing what it sets out to do. That said, most of the poems are sort of too much written for children, and I'm not terribly fond of them, though the illustrations are pretty good. I particularly liked the two-page spread for "Travel."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    1st-4th grade I LOVED this one. I really am unfamiliar with poetry, though of course I'd heard the name Robert Louis Stevenson before, and knew he was a poet, though I'm now surprised to find that he wrote Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which I'm embarrassed that I didn't already know. I really liked the information on Stevenson's life in the beginning of the book. I'm happy to find out that this is part of a series of Poetry for Young People, by many very famous 1st-4th grade I LOVED this one. I really am unfamiliar with poetry, though of course I'd heard the name Robert Louis Stevenson before, and knew he was a poet, though I'm now surprised to find that he wrote Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which I'm embarrassed that I didn't already know. I really liked the information on Stevenson's life in the beginning of the book. I'm happy to find out that this is part of a series of Poetry for Young People, by many very famous authors, and I hope to track down a few more. These are a great introduction to some more serious and less silly poems. They are about a child's every day life, from being sick in bed, to noticing a shadow, to having to go to bed when it's still daylight in the summer. There is a lot of detail paid to things that children really notice and pay attention to. One thing I really like about this particular book is that at the end of each poem, there is a small glossary of unfamiliar words. Some of the words are rare words that a child simply may not know yet, such as "hue" and others are rare because they are no longer really in use, such as the word "counterpane" for bedspread. These poems would be great simply for reading for enjoyment, slipped into the day when there are a few minutes during transitions, or to get a child's brain starting to focus on the task ahead. One wee little problem I have is some of the references to people of a different race are slightly problematic, though I only see it in one poem. (Travel) I'd probably just skip that one, unless I felt my students were ready for a discussion on race and the historic ideas about race.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caryn Belt

    This book is a collection of poetry for children about 7-10. They poems tell stories about summer days, and days at the beach or in the snow, days sick in bed, of children’s interpretations of toys and storybooks and all the places children's minds go in their imaginations. They are told from the point of view of children where the world is new and fun to explore and the innocence that comes with how children see things. Many poems talk about bedtime like being put to bed when the sun is still o This book is a collection of poetry for children about 7-10. They poems tell stories about summer days, and days at the beach or in the snow, days sick in bed, of children’s interpretations of toys and storybooks and all the places children's minds go in their imaginations. They are told from the point of view of children where the world is new and fun to explore and the innocence that comes with how children see things. Many poems talk about bedtime like being put to bed when the sun is still out in the summer and sleeping like the dreams children have in the land of nod. These poems are short, some 1 line others at most a couple paragraphs. They are easy to read for beginning readers who are just starting to analyze texts or being introduced to poetry. Some poems have definitions/meanings of certain words that would help a child understand better. The book is full of illustrations based on the poem on the page and mostly show children and animals.This collection of stories would be a perfect whimsical addition to any child's bedtime. I think children would love to hear the musical rhyming poetry as they are lulled to sleep into a world of imagination.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Derosa

    Poetry for young people: Robert Louis Stevenson is a good book for children. This book shows many different imaginary worlds that many children can relate too. I enjoyed reading this book and being able to go back into the imaginary world of a child. It is hard for adults to go back but I believe that this book makes sense to a child and an adult. I liked how the setup of the words is different on every page. The pictures on each page really follow what the words are saying. I found it helpful t Poetry for young people: Robert Louis Stevenson is a good book for children. This book shows many different imaginary worlds that many children can relate too. I enjoyed reading this book and being able to go back into the imaginary world of a child. It is hard for adults to go back but I believe that this book makes sense to a child and an adult. I liked how the setup of the words is different on every page. The pictures on each page really follow what the words are saying. I found it helpful that at the bottom of the poem it gives you words that you might not know. It will also help for children because they will be able to learn new words. Throughout this book it has many different styles of bordering, some of it is all the way off the page where others is just in a little section. I did notice that the words are mostly in a paragraph form. This book is a wonderful book for children.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erica Johnson

    The book is a collection of 32 poems by Robert Louis Stevenson. Most of these poems have come from one of Stevenson's popular poetry books called A Child's Garden of Verses. Most of the poems are geared toward small children and reflect upon Robert Stevenson's childhood. Prior to reading this poetry book I had read Travel along with Night and Day. All of the illustrations in this poetry book are colored with warm colors such as browns and greens. All of the children have smiles and rosy cheeks. The book is a collection of 32 poems by Robert Louis Stevenson. Most of these poems have come from one of Stevenson's popular poetry books called A Child's Garden of Verses. Most of the poems are geared toward small children and reflect upon Robert Stevenson's childhood. Prior to reading this poetry book I had read Travel along with Night and Day. All of the illustrations in this poetry book are colored with warm colors such as browns and greens. All of the children have smiles and rosy cheeks. Most of the illustrations are very simple images with lots of detail and color. They look as if they have been done in colored pencil. The illustrations drew me into the book and made me want to read the poems. I think that young children would enjoy this book because the illustrations contain small happy kids. Most of the poems had a rhyming scheme of A A B B or A B A B. Poems with those to rhyming schemes are easy to follow and are almost able to be sang with a melody.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Estavillo

    When I was in fifth grade, that is when I was really introduced to poetry. I had to start writing my own and I got all my inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson. My teacher had all of the Poems for Young People books, and my favorite was Robert Louis Stevenson. I love all of his poems, I liked how they were short, sweet and too the point. As a fifth grader I was able to understand the meaning of each poem! As a fifth grader poetry was hard for me and Robert Louis Stevenson made it a lot easier When I was in fifth grade, that is when I was really introduced to poetry. I had to start writing my own and I got all my inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson. My teacher had all of the Poems for Young People books, and my favorite was Robert Louis Stevenson. I love all of his poems, I liked how they were short, sweet and too the point. As a fifth grader I was able to understand the meaning of each poem! As a fifth grader poetry was hard for me and Robert Louis Stevenson made it a lot easier to understand. My favorite poem in the book is The Land of Counterpane, because I love the story and the picture! I really liked how the pictures on the pages applied to more than one poem. And each poem on the page had a common theme or detail. I thought that this book was put together really well and has a wonderful flow of his work.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    I lOVED this book and can't wait to try more in this series. Love the biography at the beginning and the illustrations included with each poem. Also love that definitions of uncommon words are given right on the page. GREAT POETRY BOOK FOR CHILDREN!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    a good selection of poems and information about the poems explaining them to children i love the way this series presents the poems with beautiful pictures and explianations

  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    a good selection of poems and information about the poems explaining them to children

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Burtenshaw

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vaclav

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Miguel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ardyth

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Scott

  25. 5 out of 5

    Malia Delacruz

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Taylor

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charity Rau

  30. 5 out of 5

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