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I made some updates and additions to my post for Time to Rise, a Singable Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson which has been illustrated in many editions of A Child’s Garden of Verses.

To find out more about this charming little Singable Poem, click on any title:

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by E. Mars and M. H. Squire

This illustration, found here:
http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/child_garden_verses/index.htm

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by Brian Wildsmith

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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A HAPPY THOUGHT RLS SBWE
A Happy Thought
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Sing to an Adaptation of Twinkle Little Star
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
A HAPPY THOUGHT RLS SBWE

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This little poem is an example of a COUPLET
A couplet is one of the shortest forms of poetry, consisting of two successive lines of verse that usually rhyme, have the same meter, and often form a complete thought.

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A HAPPY THOUGHT
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses

The world is so full of a number of things,
I’m sure we should all be as Happy as Kings

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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The Swing

Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Esther Friend, p. 132 of Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
To view or print this page, click here:
SWING RLS childcraft Friend ELEG type

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For full post about the singable poem THE SWING, click here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/swinging-with-e-b-w-and-r-l-s/

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SING WITH ME SONGBOOK FOR SINGBOOKS WITH EMILY (ON PINTEREST)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/sing-with-me-songbook-sing-books-with-emily/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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CHILDCRAFT
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/childcraft-poems-of-early-childhood-a-singable-collection-of-poetry/

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/


The barn swing illustration from “Charlotte’s Web,” by Garth Williams

I was reading “Charlotte’s Web” to my daughter this morning (she was eating a soy ice cream sunday with nuts she cracked open herself, as she is partial to freshly cracked pecans).  “Charlotte’s Web” is one of my very favorite books.   I love the book first because my grandmother read it to me when I was little.  I called my grandmother “Penny,” her name was Grace Evangelyn Morgan Everson.  She was a second grade teacher in Indianapolis, IN for more than 30 years.  Besides my sentimental attachment to the book, I have found so much wonder in it. Though the book seems simple at first, every time I read it, new ideas, images and sweet thoughts emerge.

I might have glossed over the passage about Zuckerman’s swing before,

Mr. Zuckerman had the best swing in the county.  It was a single long piece of heavy rope tied to the beam over the north doorway.  At the bottom end of the rope was a fat knot to sit on.  It was arranged so that you could swing without being pushed.  you climbed a ladder to the hayloft. Then, holding the rope, you stood at the edge and looked down, and were scared and dizzy.  Then you straddled the knot, so that it acted as a seat.  Then you got up all your nerve, took a deep breath, and jumped.  For a second you seemed to be falling to the barn floor far below, but then suddenly the rope would begin to catch you and you would sail through the barn door going a mile a minute, with the wind whistling in your eyes and ears and hair.  Then you would zoom upward into the sky, and look up at the clouds, and the rope would twist and you would twist and turn with the rope.  Then you would drop down, down, down, out of the sky and come sailing back into the barn almost into the hayloft, then sail out again (not quite so far this time), then in again (not quite so  high), then out again, then in again, then out, then in; and then you’d jump off and fall down and let somebody else try it.
(Excerpt from “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White)

Today I realized that this story goes sweetly with “The Swing” a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” which can be sung to a charming waltz.

The Swing
Poem Robert Louis Stevenson
From “A Child’s Garden of Verses
Traditional Music

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

You can find an excellent traditional waltz for singing this poem, sung “The Cedarmont Kids,” here:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Swing/dp/B0013AJ4JE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1293737796&sr=8-2
(Track 16 of Disk 3)

The music is printed in,

Kids Classics Collection 2 (80 Classic songs for Kids)
Easy Piano-Vocal Arrangements in singable Keys
Music Arranged by Matt Huesmanna nd Chris Davis
Vocal Arrangements by Mike Gay
Published by Cedarmont Music LLC
“The Swing” is printed on p.110

Click here for an archival summary of musical settings of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry:
http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/richard-dury-archive/music.htm

Of course I always loved a good ol’ swing set.  Years later, when I enjoyed my single young-womanhood in New York City, I loved to visit the playground situated at the north end of Central Park which featured an excellent swing set.  It was fun to push-off and swing away the anxiety and uncertainty of being a single girl making her own way in the big city.

“The Swing” is one of my favorites in “A Child’s Garden of Verses,”

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

Interestingly, each edition (and there are many illustrations) RLS’s collection includes a different set and order of the poems, but “The Swing” is included in every edition of “A Child’s Garden of Verses” that I’ve found so far:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

And in many delightful collections of poetry for children, including:

A Children’s Treasury of Poems
Illustrated by Linda Bleck


Poetry for Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson
Edited by Frances Schoonmaker
Illustrated by Lucy Corvino
(Singable Poems include: Bed in Summer, The Swing, The Land of Counterpane)


A Family of Poems (My Favorite Poetry for Children)
Selected by Caroline Kennedy
Illustrated by Jon Muth
“The Swing” by RLS is printed and illustrated on pps. 105-106

Ursula Shaw, has a charming illustration of the poem on her blog “Ursula’s Art,”
http://ursulashaw.blogspot.com/2007/07/illustration-friday-poem.html

(Original artwork shown with permission from Ms. Shaw)

Bullwinkle recited his own version of the poem:

Link to my post about A Child’s Garden of Verses:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

Link to the post “Mark Twain on Robert Louis Stevenson
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/mark-twain-on-robert-louis-stevenson/

Two illustrations for “The Swing” by the fabulous illustrator EULALIE :

This one was first published in “The Bumper Book,”

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I’m thrilled to write that “The Swing” is one of the songs we selected to be part of
Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret.”

I make a strong committment to each song I perform and completing my Song Craft Worksheet is part of that process,


Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet

Because the first section of the Song Craft Worksheet involves background research on the song, I’ll share the answers with you so you can know about the song, too.  The more about the song you know (both concrete facts and less tangible artistic choices), the more “authority,” and heart and soul you can put into the singing and sharing of the song with others.  If you are interested in improving your artistic abilities for singing songs in any capacity, just simply filling out the Song Craft Worksheet is a great place to start!  After the background research, the rest of the Song Craft Worksheet gets VERY personal…don’t worry!  I won’t bore you with that.

1 Q: Who wrote the words?
1 A: Robert Louis Stevenson

2Q: Who wrote the music?
2A: The tune is considered “Traditional,” meaning that the exact origins of the tune are either ancient or ambiguous and that the tune is so ubiquitous it can’t be attributed one person.  The tune belongs to everyone and is in “The Public Domain.”

3Q: When was the song written?
3A: The poem was written by RLS and first published in 1885

4Q: At what point in the lyricists’ and composer’s career was the song written?
4A: RLS was born in 1850 and died young in 1894.  He published “Child’s Garden” in 1885, just after writing “Treasure Island” but before writing “Jekyll and Hyde.”

5Q: What is the song from?
5A: RLS collection of poems, “A Child’s Garden of Verses”

6Q: If from a show, what character sang it?
6A: NA

7Q: If from a show, from what situation does the song arise?  Why does the character sing the song?  What function does the song/character play in the story?
7A: NA

8Q:  What other contextual elements of the song are significant?
8A: For me, I’ve always loved to swing on a swing set and always seek them out.  Plus, when my children were babies, it was the wonderful swing we had that helped them fall asleep on many nights.  We’d put ’em in the swing and they’d start snoozin’ and that was joy for us parents!

9Q: Was the song written for a particular singer?  Why?
9A: NA

10Q: If not from a show, why did the songwriter write the song?
10A: NA

11Q: What do you feel the lyricist is trying to say?
11A: Swinging is a joy of childhood, giving a sense freedom and wonder.

12Q: Does the song tell a story or just express feelings or ideas?
12A: This song expresses feelings and ideas about a child’s joy on a swing.

13Q: Who else has recorded this song:
13A:

The rest of the questions require VERY personal answers and I will spare you those!

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Related Articles:

CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES, SINGABLE POEMS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

MARK TWAIN ON ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/mark-twain-on-robert-louis-stevenson/

The Swing,” by Robert Louis Stevenson, from his collection, “A Child’s Garden of Verses”  is one of my favorite Singable Poems!

Two illustrations for “The Swing” by the fabulous illustrator EULALIE :

This one was first published in “The Bumper Book,”

This posts contains some new items recently gathered about the poem. 
For the full article, click here:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/swinging-with-e-b-w-and-r-l-s/

You can find an excellent traditional waltz for singing this poem, sung “The Cedarmont Kids,” here:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Swing/dp/B0013AJ4JE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1293737796&sr=8-2 
(Track 16 of Disk 3)

The music is printed in,

Kids Classics Collection 2 (80 Classic songs for Kids)
Easy Piano-Vocal Arrangements in Singable Keys
Music Arranged by Matt Huesmanna nd Chris Davis
Vocal Arrangements by Mike Gay
Published by Cedarmont Music LLC
“The Swing” is printed on p.110

Click here for an archival summary of musical settings of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry:
http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/richard-dury-archive/music.htm

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I’m thrilled to write that “The Swing” is one of the songs we selected to be part of
Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret.” 

I make a strong committment to each song I perform and completing my Song Craft Worksheet is part of that process,


 Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet

Because the first section of the Song Craft Worksheet involves background research on the song, I’ll share the answers with you so you can know about the song, too.  The more about the song you know (both concrete facts and less tangible artistic choices), the more “authority,” and heart and soul you can put into the singing and sharing of the song with others.  If you are interested in improving your artistic abilities for singing songs in any capacity, just simply filling out the Song Craft Worksheet is a great place to start!  After the background research, the rest of the Song Craft Worksheet gets VERY personal…don’t worry!  I won’t bore you with that.

1 Q: Who wrote the words?
1 A: Robert Louis Stevenson

2Q: Who wrote the music?
2A: The tune is considered “Traditional,” meaning that the exact origins of the tune are either ancient or ambiguous and that the tune is so ubiquitous it can’t be attributed one person.  The tune belongs to everyone and is in ”The Public Domain.”

3Q: When was the song written?
3A: The poem was written by RLS and first published in 1885

4Q: At what point in the lyricists’ and composer’s career was the song written?
4A: RLS was born in 1850 and died young in 1894.  He published “Child’s Garden” in 1885, just after writing “Treasure Island” but before writing “Jekyll and Hyde.”

5Q: What is the song from?
5A: RLS collection of poems, “A Child’s Garden of Verses”

6Q: If from a show, what character sang it?
6A: NA

7Q: If from a show, from what situation does the song arise?  Why does the character sing the song?  What function does the song/character play in the story?
7A: NA

8Q:  What other contextual elements of the song are significant?
8A: For me, I’ve always loved to swing on a swing set and always seek them out.  Plus, when my children were babies, it was the wonderful swing we had that helped them fall asleep on many nights.  We’d put ‘em in the swing and they’d start snoozin’ and that was joy for us parents!

9Q: Was the song written for a particular singer?  Why?
9A: NA

10Q: If not from a show, why did the songwriter write the song?
10A: NA

11Q: What do you feel the lyricist is trying to say?
11A: Swinging is a joy of childhood, giving a sense freedom and wonder.

12Q: Does the song tell a story or just express feelings or ideas?
12A: This song expresses feelings and ideas about a child’s joy on a swing.

13Q: Who else has recorded this song:
13A:

The rest of the questions require VERY personal answers and I will spare you those!

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Related Articles:

CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES, SINGABLE POEMS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

MARK TWAIN ON ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/mark-twain-on-robert-louis-stevenson/

My husband just told me about an article he read in the New York Times the other day, and I just couldn’t believe my eyes to read the title,

Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children

(http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/us/08picture.html)

The message was that parents are not buying picture books for their children, pushing children harder and sooner to read text heavy chapter books so that their children will get into Harvard.

OH, PLEASE!! 

The world is FILLED with happy, successful people who did not go to Harvard.  Also, I would feel just terrible if any child missed out on the gorgeous, joyous artwork and imaginative creativity in picture books.  Would those same parents not take their children to the art museum, or would they make the children stay home and just read about the art work? 

Picture story-books nourished and delighted the imaginative young mind of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics from “Treasure Island” to “A Child’s Garden of Verses,”

Illustration for “Picture Books in Winter” by Jessie Wilcox Smith

PICTURE BOOKS IN WINTER
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From “A Child’s Garden of Verses

Summer fading, winter comes–
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.

Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.

All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children’s eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.

We may see how all things are
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the picture story-books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?

Find a musical setting of this poem on the CD,

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Compact Disk
Music by Seymore Barab
Picture Books in Winter” is sung on Track 4 (a multiple song track) and begins at around 4 minutes and 11 seconds.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035S405A/ref=dm_dp_trk4?ie=UTF8&qid=1286755785&sr=8-1

Picture books can convey rich, philosophical, life enhancing ideas in beautiful, economic language.

“Wit, a cable television movie based on the stage play by Margaret Edson which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, is about a woman (played by Emma Thompson) who is in hospital receiving cancer treatment.   In a scene when she has become very sick, she is visited by her college literature professor (played by Eileen Atkins) who soothes her by reading “The Runaway Bunny.”  The professor says, “Ah, look at that.  A little allegory of the soul.  Wherever it hides, God will find it.”  I can’t imagine anyone of any age could do much better than that,

The literature professor makes the visit while on the way to her grandson’s fifth birthday, and “The Runaway Bunny” is one of her gifts to him. The gift is a picture book, short on words, BIG on ideas.


The Runaway Bunny
By Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd

A book like (and so many others) this should read, talked about, looked at, refered to and read again and again.

My solemn pledge is to do everything in my power to keep at least the SINGABLE Picture Books alive and adored by the young and young at heart.  I will do this by finding every title possible, researching those titles in blog articles about the illustrators and songwriters and poets, assembling all the titles into a continually updated Singable Bookshelf, and singing my heart out, books in hand, to anyone who will listen.

I was shocked by the title of the New York Times article, but the content was a little less alarming.  Sales of picture books are down (and seem to be trending further down) but that hardly means that picture books have gone the way of the dinosaur.

My research has revealed HUNDREDS of Singable Picture Books which are out of print.  Maybe publishers would do well to re-publish some of these GEMS and package them along with singable sing-along tracks! 

I’d be glad to sing the vocals! 

It’s just an idea…

A musical setting of “The Runaway Bunny,” for orchestra and speaker, found here:


MUCH more information (including sound clips, interviews, book and song history) about the composer Glen Roven and his musical compositions for “Runaway Bunny” and “Goodnight Moon,” here:
http://runawaybunnyconcerto.com/

ADDENDUMS

10/14/2010

Thoughts on this article from readers the New York Times, here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/opinion/l14picture.html?scp=1&sq=scary%20story:%20%20the%20picture%20book%20fades&st=cse

Sunday, 12/5/2010

Article from NY Times Book Review about Maira Kalman’s illustrated book for grown-ups, including a wonderful endorsement in support of the illustrations in books:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/books/review/Cohen-t.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=americana,%20holiday%20books&st=cse

From the article by Leah Hager Cohen,”…Words are nice, but pictures are sublime.  Picture books provide a portal not only to the love of literature…rich with sensory-emotional connections and lying, crucially, beyond the reach of language…From such explorations we may emerge wiser, rounder…Human-er.”

My follow-up post about the article and Maira Kalman’s book (and a Singable Picture Book, too),
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/from-new-york-times-book-review-another-endorsement-for-books-with-illustrations/

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
ISBN 978-1897476482
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Heather Lynn Harris
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Swing

Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Esther Friend, p. 132 of Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
To view or print this page, click here:
SWING RLS childcraft Friend ELEG type

Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
From Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)

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Book trailer for Julie Morstad’s illustration of “The Swing”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUaJhfX1Lk8

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The barn swing illustration from “Charlotte’s Web,” by Garth Williams

I was reading “Charlotte’s Web” to my daughter this morning (7/29/2010 – she was eating a soy ice-cream-sunday with nuts she cracked open herself, as she is partial to freshly cracked pecans).  “Charlotte’s Web” is one of my very favorite books.   I love the book first because my grandmother read it to me when I was little.  I called my grandmother “Penny,” her name was Grace Evangelyn Morgan Everson.  She was a second grade teacher in Indianapolis, IN for more than 30 years.  Besides my sentimental attachment to the book, I have found so much wonder in it. Though the book seems simple at first, every time I read it, new ideas, images and sweet thoughts emerge.

I might have glossed over the passage about Zuckerman’s swing before,

Mr. Zuckerman had the best swing in the county.  It was a single long piece of heavy rope tied to the beam over the north doorway.  At the bottom end of the rope was a fat knot to sit on.  It was arranged so that you could swing without being pushed.  you climbed a ladder to the hayloft. Then, holding the rope, you stood at the edge and looked down, and were scared and dizzy.  Then you straddled the knot, so that it acted as a seat.  Then you got up all your nerve, took a deep breath, and jumped.  For a second you seemed to be falling to the barn floor far below, but then suddenly the rope would begin to catch you and you would sail through the barn door going a mile a minute, with the wind whistling in your eyes and ears and hair.  Then you would zoom upward into the sky, and look up at the clouds, and the rope would twist and you would twist and turn with the rope.  Then you would drop down, down, down, out of the sky and come sailing back into the barn almost into the hayloft, then sail out again (not quite so far this time), then in again (not quite so  high), then out again, then in again, then out, then in; and then you’d jump off and fall down and let somebody else try it.
(Excerpt from “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White)

Today I realized that this story goes sweetly with “The Swing” a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” which can be sung to a charming waltz.

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The Swing
Poem Robert Louis Stevenson
From “A Child’s Garden of Verses
Traditional Music

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

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You can find an excellent traditional waltz for singing this poem, sung “The Cedarmont Kids,” here:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Swing/dp/B0013AJ4JE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1293737796&sr=8-2
(Track 16 of Disk 3)

The music is printed in,

Kids Classics Collection 2 (80 Classic songs for Kids)
Easy Piano-Vocal Arrangements in singable Keys
Music Arranged by Matt Huesmanna nd Chris Davis
Vocal Arrangements by Mike Gay
Published by Cedarmont Music LLC
“The Swing” is printed on p.110

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Click here for an archival summary of musical settings of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry:
http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/richard-dury-archive/music.htm

Of course I always loved a good ol’ swing set.  Years later, when I enjoyed my single young-womanhood in New York City, I loved to visit the playground situated at the north end of Central Park which featured an excellent swing set.  It was fun to push-off and swing away the anxiety and uncertainty of being a single girl making her own way in the big city.

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“The Swing” is one of my favorites in “A Child’s Garden of Verses,”

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

Interestingly, each edition (and there are many illustrations) RLS’s collection includes a different set and order of the poems, but “The Swing” is included in every edition of “A Child’s Garden of Verses” that I’ve found so far:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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THE SWING is featured in many delightful collections of poetry for children, including:

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A Children’s Treasury of Poems
Illustrated by Linda Bleck

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Poetry for Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson
Edited by Frances Schoonmaker
Illustrated by Lucy Corvino
(Singable Poems include: Bed in Summer, The Swing, The Land of Counterpane)

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A Family of Poems (My Favorite Poetry for Children)
Selected by Caroline Kennedy
Illustrated by Jon Muth
“The Swing” by RLS is printed and illustrated on pps. 105-106

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Ursula Shaw, has a charming illustration of the poem on her blog “Ursula’s Art,”
http://ursulashaw.blogspot.com/2007/07/illustration-friday-poem.html

(Original artwork shown with permission from Ms. Shaw)

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talking like the rain, kennedy, dyer
Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Selected by X. J. Kennedy and Dorothy M. Kennedy
Illustrated by Jane Dyer

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Bullwinkle recited his own version of the poem:

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THE SWING: Sing Books with Emily Sing Along Hootenanny * The Swing Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson Traditional Tune * THE SWING, an Illustrated Song https://bit.ly/2FJqEbf * Art shown found in Wiki Art online & Emily’s collection of Illustrated Poetry, in order of appearance, by: Winslow Homer Eloise Wilkins Jean Honore Fragonard Norman Rockwell Eulalie Minfred Banks Esther Friend * This and all other sing along videos are gathered in the SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SING ALONG HOOTENANNY Playlist on Sing Books with Emily’s YouTube Channel. ‪https://bit.ly/2vZvgt6‬ To find more info and materials for Sing Books with Emily, visit the link in this post or type the song title into the search box of the Sing Books with Emily blog: ‪http://SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com‬ Like or Follow Sing Books with Emily on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Come Sing Books with Emily #SingBooksWithEmily #IllustratedSong #SingToKids #Enrichment #SingToChildren #ChildrensMusic #PictureBookSong #Music #Sing #ShareCulturalHeritage #EducationalEnrichment #CulturalEnrichment #MusicConnectsUs #ChildrensBook #EarlyLiteracy #FunWithMusic #kidlitart  #KidsBook #PictureBook #MusicInTheClassroom #1000booksbeforekindergarten #LastSong #Robert Louis Stevenson #childsgardenofverses

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THE SWING: Sing Books with Emily Sing Along Hootenanny

THE SWING: Sing Books with Emily Sing Along Hootenanny

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune

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THE SWING, an Illustrated Song
https://bit.ly/2FJqEbf

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Art shown found in Wiki Art online & Emily’s collection of Illustrated Poetry, in order of appearance, by:
Winslow Homer
Eloise Wilkins
Jean Honore Fragonard
Norman Rockwell
Eulalie Minfred Banks
Esther Friend *
This and all other sing along videos are gathered in the SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SING ALONG HOOTENANNY Playlist on Sing Books with Emily’s YouTube Channel. ‪https://bit.ly/2vZvgt6‬

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Addendum 7/7/2015

THE SWING (poem by Robert Louis Stevenson with traditional tune) really is one of my very favorite little songs to sing.

Here’s a cute illustration by Linda Bleck:

swing linda bleck
The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Linda Bleck
Published in A Children’s Treasury of Poems

Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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Link to my post about A Child’s Garden of Verses:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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Link to the post “Mark Twain on Robert Louis Stevenson
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/mark-twain-on-robert-louis-stevenson/

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Two illustrations for “The Swing” by the fabulous illustrator EULALIE :

This one was first published in “The Bumper Book,”

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“The Swing” is one of the songs we selected to be part of
Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret.”

Completing my Song Craft Worksheet is part of my process for working on songs:


 Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet

Because the first section of the Song Craft Worksheet involves background research on the song, I’ll share the answers with you so you can know about the song, too.  The more about the song you know (both concrete facts and less tangible artistic choices), the more “authority,” and heart and soul you can put into the singing and sharing of the song with others.  If you are interested in improving your artistic abilities for singing songs in any capacity, just simply filling out the Song Craft Worksheet is a great place to start!  After the background research, the rest of the Song Craft Worksheet gets VERY personal…don’t worry!  I won’t bore you with that.

1 Q: Who wrote the words?
1 A: Robert Louis Stevenson

2Q: Who wrote the music?
2A: The tune is considered “Traditional,” meaning that the exact origins of the tune are either ancient or ambiguous and that the tune is so ubiquitous it can’t be attributed one person.  The tune belongs to everyone and is in “The Public Domain.”

3Q: When was the song written?
3A: The poem was written by RLS and first published in 1885

4Q: At what point in the lyricists’ and composer’s career was the song written?
4A: RLS was born in 1850 and died young in 1894.  He published “Child’s Garden” in 1885, just after writing “Treasure Island” but before writing “Jekyll and Hyde.”

5Q: What is the song from?
5A: RLS collection of poems, “A Child’s Garden of Verses”

6Q: If from a show, what character sang it?
6A: NA

7Q: If from a show, from what situation does the song arise?  Why does the character sing the song?  What function does the song/character play in the story?
7A: NA

8Q:  What other contextual elements of the song are significant?
8A: For me, I’ve always loved to swing on a swing set and always seek them out.  Plus, when my children were babies, it was the wonderful swing we had that helped them fall asleep on many nights.  We’d put ’em in the swing and they’d start snoozin’ and that was joy for us parents!

9Q: Was the song written for a particular singer?  Why?
9A: NA

10Q: If not from a show, why did the songwriter write the song?
10A: NA

11Q: What do you feel the lyricist is trying to say?
11A: Swinging is a joy of childhood, giving a sense freedom and wonder.

12Q: Does the song tell a story or just express feelings or ideas?
12A: This song expresses feelings and ideas about a child’s joy on a swing.

13Q: Who else has recorded this song:
13A:

The rest of the questions require personal answers and I will spare you those!

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Addendum 7/8/2013

One of my favorite songs to sing is “The Swing.”  It’s a traditional tune that I’ve heard a couple of places, but there is never a name associated with it.  The tune’s sweet waltz fits the poem so perfectly that I always get the sensation and joy of swinging when I sing it.

I’d almost forgotten about recording the song!  Here is it so you can sing-along, too:

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https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY 4/2/2019 THE SWING, an Illustrated Song https://bit.ly/2FJqEbf We sing THE SWING to a simple and pretty traditional waltz. It’s such a sweet little thing and ably conveys the sensation of swinging. It’s enchanting, too. Kids are always happy to hear it. The poem is by Robert Louis Stevenson, from his collection of poetry A Child’s Garden of Verses. My daughter Eloise chose this as the song of the day, and it’s a perfect choice as we begin April is Poetry Month. This inviting poem is found in many illustrated compilations of children’s poetry. The illustrated card above is the poem’s page from “Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)” My favorite full book illustration is my Julie Morstad. The pictures are not complex, but very pretty, and do a great job telling the poem’s story. And the children depicted are strongly multicultural. That is always a big plus for me. I think every child I sing with deserves to be able to relate to the characters in each illustrated song we sing. To find more info and materials about this song, visit the link in this posting or type the song title into the search box of the Sing Books with Emily blog: http://SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com Like or Follow Sing Books with Emily on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Come Sing Books with Emily #SingBooksWithEmily #IllustratedSong #SingToKidsOfAllAges #Enrichment #SingToChildren #ChildrensMusic #PictureBookSong #Music #Sing #ShareCulturalHeritage #EducationalEnrichment #CulturalEnrichment #MusicConnectsUs #ChildrensBook #EarlyLiteracy #FunWithMusic #KitLit #KidsBook #PictureBook #RobertLouisStevenson #ChildsGardenOfVerses #AprilIsPoetryMonth #SingAWaltz

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4/2/2019

, an Illustrated Song
https://bit.ly/2FJqEbf

We sing THE SWING to a simple and pretty traditional waltz. It’s such a sweet little thing and ably conveys the sensation of swinging. It’s enchanting, too. Kids are always happy to hear it. The poem is by Robert Louis Stevenson, from his collection of poetry A Child’s Garden of Verses. My daughter Eloise chose this as the song of the day, and it’s a perfect choice as we begin April is Poetry Month. This inviting poem is found in many illustrated compilations of children’s poetry. The illustrated card above is the poem’s page from “Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)” My favorite full book illustration is my Julie Morstad. The pictures are not complex, but very pretty, and do a great job telling the poem’s story. And the children depicted are strongly multicultural. That is always a big plus for me. I think every child I sing with deserves to be able to relate to the characters in each illustrated song we sing.

To find more info and materials about this song, visit the link in this posting or type the song title into the search box of the Sing Books with Emily blog:
http://SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com

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#SingAWaltz

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I am very fond of singing THE SWING, a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson from A CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES. I like these pictures for it by Ruth Ruhman. THE SWING, an Illustrated Song https://bit.ly/2FJqEbf A CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES, in Illustrated Song https://bit.ly/2mwgwfZ To find more info and materials for Sing Books with Emily, visit the link in this posting or type the song title into the search box of the Sing Books with Emily blog: http://SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com Like or Follow Sing Books with Emily on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Come Sing Books with Emily #SingBooksWithEmily #IllustratedSong #Enrichment #PictureBookSong #GroupSinging #BuildCommunity #Music #Sing #ShareCulturalHeritage #EducationalEnrichment #CulturalEnrichment #MusicConnectsUs #Literacy #FunWithMusic #PictureBook #MusicInTheClassroom #ReadAcrossAmerica #SingAcrossAmerica #ChildrensLiterature #KidLit #RuthRuhmanIllustrator #vintageillustration #robertlouisstevenson #achildsgardenofverses

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I am very fond of singing THE SWING, a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson from A CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES.
I like these pictures for it by Ruth Ruhman.

THE SWING, an Illustrated Song
https://bit.ly/2FJqEbf

A CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES, in Illustrated Song
https://bit.ly/2mwgwfZ

To find more info and materials for Sing Books with Emily, visit the link in this posting or type the song title into the search box of the Sing Books with Emily blog:
http://SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com

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#robertlouisstevenson
#achildsgardenofverses

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Related Posts:

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SING “THE SWING” WITH EMILY

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES, SINGABLE POEMS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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MARK TWAIN ON ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/mark-twain-on-robert-louis-stevenson/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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The Swing (Singable Poem by RLS) a New Illustration by Julie Morstad
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/the-swing-singable-poem-by-rls-a-new-illustration-by-julie-morstad/

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Another Cute Illustration for THE SWING
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/another-cute-illustration-for-the-swing/

“A Child’s Garden of Verses” offers a treasure trove (or, should I say a “Treasure Island”) of singable poems.

I have a copy of “A Child’s Garden of Verses” inscribed to me from my grandmother (Ethel, aka “Gram”), a Valentine’s Day gift in 1974.  It is one of my most valued possessions, a Golden Book, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen.

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

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Singable Poems in A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES are listed in alphabetical order below.  If the title is in blue, clicking on it will link you to a post I’ve written about that singable poem:

  • At the Seaside
  • Auntie’s Skirts
  • Autumn Fires
  • Bed in Summer
  • Block City
  • Christmas At Sea
  • Cow, The
  • Dumb Soldier, The
  • Escape At Bedtime
  • Fairy Bread
  • Farewell to the Farm, A
  • Foreign Children
  • Foreign Lands
  • From a Railway Carriage
  • Good Boy, A
  • Happy Thought
  • Lamplighter, The
  • Land Of Counterpane, The
  • Land of Nod, The
  • Looking Glass River
  • Marching Song
  • Moon, The
  • My Bed Is a Boat
  • My Shadow
  • Nest Eggs
  • Picture Books in Winter
  • Pirate Story
  • Rain
  • Singing
  • Sun’s Travels, The
  • Swing, The
  • Time to Rise
  • To Any Reader
  • To My Mother
  • Where Go the Boats
  • Wind, The
  • Windy Nights
  • Young Night Thought

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Many artists have illustrated this lovely collection of poetry, which was first published in 1885 under the title “Penny Whistles.”

Note that the poems in each illustrated version vary slightly and the poems appear in a different order.

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by The Jolly Jump-Ups

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Susan Bonners

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by E. Mars and M.H. Squire
This edition, published in 1902 by Rand McNally, is online at: http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/child_garden_verses/index.htm
This edition, published in 1902 by Rand McNally, is also online at: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25617/25617-h/25617-h.htm

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A Child’s Garden of Verses (a Pop-Up)
Poems by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Jannat Messenger

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OTHER COMPILATIONS OF CHILDREN’S POETRY THAT FEATURE WORKS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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Land of Nod (and Other Poems for Children by Robert Louis Stevenson)
Selected by Michael Hague
Illustrated by Michael Hague

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The Lobster Quadrille (and Other Poems for Children)
Edited by Lucy Simon
Illustrated by Susan Bennett
CD: Carly & Lucy Simon Sing Songs for Children
The poems by RLS  illustrated and set to music in the book, and on the CD:

  • The Lamplighter (Robert Louis Stevenson)

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Poetry for Young People: Robert Louis Stevenson
Edited by Frances Schoonmaker
Illustrated by Lucy Corvino
Singable Poems include:

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The Tall Book of Make Believe

Illustrated by Garth Williams
Includes The Land of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Tomie’s Little Book of Poems
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Tomie DePaola
(Singable Poems include, “Time to Rise,” by Robert Louis Stevenson)

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Tomie dePaola’s Rhyme Time

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola
(The Land of Counterpane is illustrated on p. 26)

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INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED POEMS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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The Moon
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
(This poem by RLS is from “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems are wonderfully musical and singable which is why so many have been set to music.  My favorite version of “The Moon” is by Ted Jacobs, on his album “A Child’s Garden of Songs,” Track 14, you can preview the song by clicking here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002EIS9HW/ref=dm_dp_trk14?ie=UTF8&qid=1266672852&sr=8-1)

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The Moon
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Denise Saldutti
ISBN 0-06-443098-7

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My Shadow
Words by Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrated by Ted Rand
(You can sing this song to the tune of “Little Turtle” which you can hear on the “Sing Books with Emily” page on MySpace:http://www.myspace.com/singbookswithemily)

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
ISBN 978-1897476482

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Images from Ruth Ruhman’s illustration on the NeatoKeen Instagram page:

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Another delightful find, A CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES (by Robert Louis Stevenson) with illustrations by Ruth Ruhman. I love her pictures: full of vintage idealism, joy, enthusiasm, and color. To find more info and materials for Sing Books with Emily, visit the link in this posting or type the song title into the search box of the Sing Books with Emily blog: http://SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com Like or Follow Sing Books with Emily on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Come Sing Books with Emily #SingBooksWithEmily #IllustratedSong #Enrichment #PictureBookSong #GroupSinging #BuildCommunity #Music #Sing #ShareCulturalHeritage #EducationalEnrichment #CulturalEnrichment #MusicConnectsUs #Literacy #FunWithMusic #PictureBook #MusicInTheClassroom #ReadAcrossAmerica #SingAcrossAmerica #ChildrensLiterature #KidLit #RuthRuhmanIllustrator #vintageillustration

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Another delightful find, A CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES (by Robert Louis Stevenson) with illustrations by Ruth Ruhman. I love her pictures: full of vintage idealism, joy, enthusiasm, and color.

To find more info and materials for Sing Books with Emily, visit the link in this posting or type the song title into the search box of the Sing Books with Emily blog:
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#ChildrensLiterature
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#RuthRuhmanIllustrator
#vintageillustration

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This one is also illustrated by Ruth Ruhman.  Here, though, I express my consternation at the online bookseller’s practice of sticking a permanent barcode sticker on the cover to ruin its beauty.

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Many recordings have been dedicated to “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” including:

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
(LP Recording)
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Music by Gwyn Conger
Sung by Frances Archer and Beverly Gile

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A Child’s Garden of Verses (Selections from)
(CD Recording)
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Music by Rita Leonard
Sung by Rita Leonard

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A Child’s Garden of Verses
(CD Recording)
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Music by Seymour Barab
Sung by Russell Oberlin

There are also sheet music books for these published by Boosey and Hawkes:
http://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.do?itemid=48008451

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The Gift of Make-Believe (Read and Sing Along Lyric Book)
Words by Various Artists
Tunes by Ginger Sands and Various Artists
Illustrations derived from published works of Various Artists
RLS Poems set to music on this CD:

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I Have a Little Shadow (A child’s garden of songs, inspired by the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson)
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Music by Steve Klaper and Caitlin M.G. Klaper
Illustrated by Anne Costello

This CD is a collection of songs setting RLS poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verses” to music and includes a booklet with illustrations and a separate CD with PDFs of Sheet Music and MP3 versions of the songs.

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classic children's songs 2006
Classic Children’s Songs
Produced by Just Accord Music, 2006

Musical settings of RLS poems on this CD:

  • The Lamplighter
  • My Bed is a Boat
  • Singing
  • The Swing
  • When the Golden Day is Done

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Music publishing company HAL LEONARD offers:

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childs garden of verses hal leonard
A Child’s Garden of Verses (Set I, Voices Together Series)
Music by Walter Bitner
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Published by HAL LEONARD

 

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Plus HAL LEONARD sells various musical settings of RLS poetry by composers including:  Russell Nadel, Kirk Aamot, Janet Gardner, Bret L. Silverman, Harry Richardson

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Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife (1885)
Oil on canvas by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
Read an excellent essay on this painting of Robert Louis Stevenson by the artist John Singer Sargent, which includes fascinating biographical information about and excerpts from the personal letters of RLS: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Sargent_-_Robert_Louis_Stevenson_and_His_Wife.jpg&imgrefurl=http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sargent_-_Robert_Louis_Stevenson_and_His_Wife.jpg&usg=__I3l8mruSFwUfQ6Ukpohnz8ood6s=&h=661&w=800&sz=255&hl=en&start=13&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=9ILHb6_EONul8M:&tbnh=118&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Drobert%2Blouis%2Bstevenson%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1T4GWYE_enUS312US312%26tbs%3Disch:1

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s odd looks, talent, and personality clearly made him an interesting subject for artist’s portraits, here’s another by Girolamo Nerli:


Robert Louis Stevenson portrait by Girolamo Nerli

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A groovy YouTube.com photo montage of Robert Lewis Stevenson,

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DduA5SIkb_U

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RLS’s poem LAND OF NOD in,

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Leave Your Sleep (A collection of classic children’s poetry)
Poems by Various Artists
Music by Natalie Merchant
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Plus, accompanying CD
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Leave Your Sleep
Album by Natalie Merchant
Musial Settings by Natalie Merchant
Poems by Various Artists
*Preview the album, here:
http://www.nataliemerchant.com/p/leave-your-sleep
* Natalie Merchant’s web page for the poems:
http://www.nataliemerchant.com/r/leave-your-sleep

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Addendum, December 30, 2010

Mark Twain on Robert Louis Stevenson

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Addendum:

This past Sunday, the cover story went to an article (written by one of my heroes, Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor) about the publication of Mark Twain’s Autobiography.  Mr. Keillor points out that Mr. Twain has a comment or two about people he meets, including Robert Louis Stevenson.

Because so many of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verses” have been set to music, I have come to learn a few things about him, have seen many portraits and photographs made of his likeness, and have become quite smitten with him.

It would seem that Mark Twain, very luck to have met Mr. Stevenson (and visa-versa), was taken with the author-poet as well, saying, “His splendid eyes…burned with a smoldering rich fire under the penthouse of his brows, and they made him beautiful.”

Oh, it makes me just melt.

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Link to Garrison Keillor’s article about Mark Twain’s Autobiography:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/books/review/Keillor-t.html

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Link to the post “Mark Twain on Robert Louis Stevenson
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/mark-twain-on-robert-louis-stevenson/

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES ON PROJECT GUTENBERG:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25609/25609-h/25609-h.htm#TIME_TO_RISE

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES ONLINE AT CHILDRENSBOOKSONLINE.ORG
ChildrensBooksOnline.org has a complete copy of the book online, published by Rand McNally in 1902, Illustrated by E. Mars and M.H. Squire: http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/child_garden_verses/index.htm

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Click here for an archival summary of musical settings of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry:
http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/richard-dury-archive/music.htm

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An informative wiki article about RLS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson

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A handy timeline of Robert Louis Stevenson’s life, here:
http://stevenson.classicauthors.net/

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Related Posts:

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES, SINGABLE POEMS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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MARK TWAIN ON ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/mark-twain-on-robert-louis-stevenson/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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The Swing (Singable Poem by RLS) a New Illustration by Julie Morstad
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/the-swing-singable-poem-by-rls-a-new-illustration-by-julie-morstad/

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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LEAVE YOUR SLEEP, a Singable Collection of Classic Children’s Poetry (wonderfully set to music by Natalie Merchant)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/natalie-merchant-sets-poetry-to-music-creating-some-wonderful-singable-picture-books/

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Washington, DC’s National Gallery Singable Scavenger Hunt
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/washington-dcs-national-gallery-of-art-singable-scavenger-hunt/

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3/5/2016 Trip to National Gallery, DC Reveals Artwork Celebrating RLS, a Poet (of Many Singable Verses) Much Beloved
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/352016-trip-to-national-gallery-dc-reveals-artwork-celebrating-rls-a-poet-of-many-singable-verses-much-beloved/

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The Lobster Quadrille (and Other Poems for Children)
Edited by Lucy Simon
Illustrated by Susan Bennett

This book, a compilation of eleven of the very best children’s poems, compliments Lucy and Carly Simon’s Album:

http://www.amazon.com/Sing-Songs-Children-Carly-Simon/dp/B001I1SFRA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1268410711&sr=1-1\

I love this collection, made by the Simon Sisters when they were both very young ladies playing these songs in New York City coffee houses.  The songs have an intimate feeling specific to that time and place, with the sisters’ voice complimenting each other, Lucy with her lovely soprano and Carly with her rich alto.

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Poems illustrated and set to music in the book, and on the CD, include:

  • Wynken, Blynken and Nod (Eugene Field)
  • Calico Pie (Edward Lear)
  • The Lamplighter (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear)
  • Sleep, Baby, Sleep (Traditional Lullaby)
  • The Lamb (William Blake)
  • The Lobster Quadrille (Lewis Carroll)
  • Who Has Seen the Wind (Christina Rossetti)
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • A Red, Red Rose (Robert Burns)
  • A Pavane for the Nursery (William Jay Smith)

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Carly Simon’s Webpage for this work:
http://www.carlysimon.com/music/Sing_Songs_For_Children.html

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A great bit of information on how this album came to be, here:
http://www.allmusic.com/album/sing-the-lobster-quadrille-and-other-songs-for-children-mw0000958258

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A wiki written about the album:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simon_Sisters_Sing_the_Lobster_Quadrille_and_Other_Songs_for_Children

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Related Articles

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THE SPIDER AND THE FLY, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-spider-and-the-fly-a-singable-picture-book/

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CARLY SIMON
The Singable Picture Books of Carly Simon
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-singable-picture-books-of-carly-simon/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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CHILDCRAFT
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/childcraft-poems-of-early-childhood-a-singable-collection-of-poetry/

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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EDWARD LEAR

A list of books with musical settings of, and illustrating Singable Picture Book versions of, Edward Lear’s poems:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/singable-picture-book-spotlight-1302011-edward-lear-and-william-mathias-learsongs/

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AULD LANG SYNE, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK (Poem by Robert Burns)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/auld-lang-syne-favorite-new-years-eve-song-exhibit-at-morgan-library-in-nyc/


Illustration for “The Land of Counterpane”
A Child’s Garden of Verses

Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

Vocabulary word of the day:
Counterpane = bedspread

Robert Louis Stevenson, the great writer from Edinburgh, Scotland, wrote “A Child’s Garden of Verses” (first under the title “Penny Whistles“) in 1885 and it has become one of the most beloved collections of children’s poetry.  It is a great joy to me that many of these poems have been set to music!

Stevenson was often sick as a child.  “The Land of Counterpane” is a window into his childhood, evidence of his early use of imagination to help him through difficult days.

Ginger Sands has composed a terrific musical setting for “The Land of Counterpane,” sweet and singable, on her CD “The Gift of Make Believe.”  Sand’s wonderful collection of children’s poetry set to music includes vocal and instrumental tracks for each poem.  The vocals for “The Land of Counterpane” are on Track 4.  The instrumental sing-along is found on Track 14.

Hear musical clips or buy the tracks at many online music sellers, including Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Gift-of-Make-Believe/dp/B0019VU8QU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1267562676&sr=8-4

“The Land of Counterpane” is included in many anthologies of Children’s poetry, including:


Poetry for Young People, Robert Louis Stevenson
Edited by Frances Schoonmaker
Illustrated by Lucy Corvino


The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems
Compiled and Illustrated by Jackie Morris
(“The Land of Counterpane” is illustrated on p. 23)


Tomie dePaola’s Rhyme Time
Illustrated by Tomie dePaola
(“The Land of Counterpane” is illustrated on p. 26)


Illustration for “The Land of Counterpane”
The Tall Book of Make Believe
Illustrated by Garth Williams

The Land of Counterpane
by Robert Louis Stevenson
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.

And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.

I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.


“Land of Counterpane”
Illustrated by Hildegard Woodward in

Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Edited by J. Morris Jones
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrated by Hildegard Woodward


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