“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: A Child’s Garden of Verses. Written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. HarperCollins Publishers. c. 2011, 80pp.
Reading Level: NP
Synopsis: This text is a collection of 64 poems written by Robert Louis Stevenson. The poems highlight the world and feelings of children. The poems range from children swinging on swing sets to children being tucked in to bed at night.
Rationale for Use: This collection would be a great text to use to introduce young students to poetry because not only is there a wide selection of poetry in the collection, but the poems are all relevant to children. They are poems the students can relate to.
Common Core Connection: RL 1.10: With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.