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Friday, October 16, 2015
"Autumn Fires" -- a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
My girls had the Little Golden Book version of A Child's Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson. This is from the 1978 printing of the book, which was the thirteenth printing. "Autumn Fires" was one of the girls' favorite poems, probably because of the adorable illustration of two little girls raking leaves. We have never burned our leaves, so that was outside their experience, but they loved the poem anyway. Here it is:
Autumn Fires In the other gardens, And all up the vale, From the autumn bonfires See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over And all the summer flowers, The red fire blazes, The grey smoke towers. Sing a song of seasons! Something bright in all! Flowers in the summer, Fires in the fall!
The illustrations in this book are by Eloise Wilkin, one of my favorite illustrators. Notice the details like the rocker on the porch, the incredible view and the wild geese forming a V. Click on the picture to enlarge it --- and enjoy!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.