Sunday, September 30, 2007

One of My Favorites

Picture-Books in Winter
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Summer fading, winter comes-
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.
Water is now 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 fairie's 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.

This sweet poem is from a early 1900's copy of "A Child's Garden of Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson. I found it buried in a box of children's books at a local thrift store, and it was mine for a mere 33 cents. The book is quite good condition, and all the pages are intact. I love looking at all the Art Nouveau illustrations, they are just so artful and beautiful. What a treasure this little book is.

Have a beautiful and restful Sunday. Enjoy reading lots of "picture story-books" to your little ones as the weather turns cold and we snuggle up together.

In God's Love, Tami


  1. Tami,
    Our first copy of RLS's aCGoV was a gift and was highly illustrated, so I had to find a more classic copy. I would trade it with yours any day.

    What a find!