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A Child’s Garden of Verses

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Brian Wildsmith brought his customary verve and colour to Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses (OUP, 1966). He illustrates the final poem, ‘To Any Reader’, with a book and a child who will not “be lured out of this book”. The only legible words are ‘The Flowers’; and on page 42, the same boy admires the flowers next to the poem of that name. “So you may see, if you will look / Through the windows of this book, / Another child, far, far away”.

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