Robert Louis Stevenson's "Happy Thought" betokens all the joy and wonder of A Child's Garden of Verses. The poetic musings of this well-loved classic recapture childhood mysteries that range from the everyday rituals of home ("The Land of Nod," "Escape at Bedtime," and "My Bed Is a Boat") to the curiosities of a wider world ("Foreign Lands," "Pirate Story," and "Where Go the Boats?").
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A pleasure to listen!
I remember my mother reading me some of these when I was quite small, and they've stuck in my mind and heart for over 70 years! This edition is wonderfully read by a young woman who does a masterful job of imparting the innocence and awe of the child mind, giving such a transparent reading that she disappears and you are with RLS as you explore his world. RLS in his dedication poem says it perfectly...
"And grant it, Heaven, that all who read...
And every child who lists my rhyme,
In the bright, fireside, nursery clime,
May hear it in as kind a voice
As made my childish days rejoice!"
I know that RLS was sickly as a child (he never was strong and died when he was only 44) However in all his verses for children, especially "The Land of Counterpane" (such a fun old-fashioned word for bedspread; although it may need some explaining). It may be a bit bittersweet from an adults view point, one gets no feeling of self pity from the author.
On the contrary his views are simple and appealing and invite you to journey with him for a unique look at his world. His sense of wonder and freshness is similar to what I've felt with Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak. But comparing is a losing game. They are all unique and wonderful.
- Auntie Reader