A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson is published in 1885, first under the title, Penny Whistles, and includes the much-loved poems, “The Swing” and “My Shadow,” among others. “My Shadow” begins...
“I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.”
(Look for the whole poem here.)
Illustrator Barbara McClintock created new art to illustrate selected poems for a recent picture book version of Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses (HarperCollins, 2010).
You’ll find Stevenson’s poem, “My Shadow,” (and other classics) in Caroline Kennedy’s new anthology of poems chosen for their “memorizability.” Look for:
Kennedy, Caroline. Ed. 2013. Poems to Learn by Heart. Ill. by John Muth. New York: Hyperion.
I also created a teacher’s guide for the Kennedy anthology that suggests activities for using the poems across the grade levels and connecting with Common Core standards. Look here: Poems to Learn by Heart Teacher's Guide
And while we’re looking at classic poets, check out Sydelle Pearl’s recent book, Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters To and From the Children’s Poet, a lovely book that combines biographical notes about poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with letters from contemporaneous child readers, including facsimiles of many letters and images of Longfellow throughout his life—a unique poet biography.
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