Children's Poetry Book - mouse illustrations?
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Here's a random old book hopefully someone can find: one of my favorite books as a very little girl was a book of poetry, I think with Brambly Hedge illustrations, though they could've been some other bunch of cute, clothes-wearing mice. Or even other animals, but mice come to mind. The first poem in the book, I think, was Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Swing", and there was another about "Me, Myself and I", possibly having a picnic. My daughter's probably too old for it now, but I still wish I knew what the book was. Thanks in advance!
Maybe "A Child's First Book of Poems" by Cyndy Szekeres? The cover has mice in clothes using flowers for umbrellas, but there are pictures of other kinds of animals too. "The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson is also in the book.
The poems are: The handiest nose / Aileen Fisher. The little turtle / Vachel Lindsay. Like a bug / Aileen Fisher. The bullfrog's song / Anita E. Posey. Feet / Aileen Fisher. Feet / Aileen Fisher. Grasses / Aileen Fisher. Mr. Rabbit / Dixie Willson. As soon as it's fall / Aileen Fisher. Tea with me / Alison Winn. The Woodpecker / Elizabeth Madox Roberts. A bird / Emily Dickinson. There was once a puffin / Florence Page Jaques. My puppy / Aileen Fisher. Puppy and I / A. A. Milne. Wild beasts / Evaleen Stein. Choosing / Eleanor Farjeon. New shoes / Marjorie Seymour Watts. Hiding / Dorothy Aldis. The swing / Robert Louis Stevenson. A kite / Frank Dempster Sherman. Clouds / Christina Rossetti. Who has seen the wind? / Christina Rossetti. Rain / Robert Louis Stevenson. In the rain / René Cloke. The elf and the dormouse / Oliver Herford. The light-house-keeper's white-mouse / John Ciardi. The city mouse and the garden mouse / Christina Rossetti. Mice / Rose Fyleman. Wanted / Rose Fyleman. The chickens / Anonymous. The barnyard / Maud Burnham. Cats / Eleanor Farjeon. The mare / Herbert Asquith. The huntsmen / Walter de la Mare. Bedtime / Eleanor Farjeon. The moon / Anonymous.
Nope, that's not it. I think it also had that A.A. Milne poem in it: "When I was one, I had just begun," etc.
Thanks for the thought, though!
Try A Child's Garden of Verses full of poems written by Robert Louis Stevenson himself. The edition I had as a child, and still love, was published in the late 1960s or early 1970s and it had pictures of mice in clothing, etc. The illustrations were as good as the poems, and I have many favourites of both from that anthology. Good luck.
Good thought, Frederica, but it definitely wasn't that. I actually had a copy of A Child's Garden of Verses at the time too, and I remember that one very distinctly.
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