Pook’s Picks for Children on National Poetry Day – The Verse Book Collection

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of National Poetry Day, and we’ve got our Pook’s Picks for Children – The Verse Book Collection to celebrate.

Getting children into poetry can be challenging, but these sweet books make it easy. For National Poetry Day this year, we’ve selected our collection of Verse Books for children, illustrated by Walter Crane.

Walter Crane (1845 – 1915), was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most influential, and among the most prolific children’s book creator of his generation. He was also one of the strongest contributors to the child’s nursery theme.

The collection below features 5 books from the ‘Toy Books‘ of the late Victorian Era. Printed by Edmund Evans, they were among the first illustrated story books for children. With their main focus being on the colour print illustrations rather than the stories. Walter Crane was a featured illustrator for this series, alongside such names as Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway.

Crane’s work is characteristically colourful and beautifully detailed, his illustrated books are incredibly sought after today as some of the finest examples of Golden Age art.

These picture books feature some of the all time favourite stories and nursery rhymes re-imagined in verse – accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Walter Crane, we couldn’t think of a better way to get involved for National Poetry Day 2019.


1. Mother Hubbard Her Picture Book – containing Mother Hubbard, The Three Bears & the Absurd ABC – Illustrated by Walter Crane.

mother hubbard - verse collection - national poetry day
Mother Hubbard Her Picture Book is a fantastic collection of classic children’s stories, stunningly illustrated throughout by Walter Crane. It is one of Crane’s many celebrated ‘Toy Books’, and contains the tales of ‘Mother Hubbard’, ‘The Three Bears’ and ‘The Absurd ABC’. Decorated throughout, in full-colour, it is a volume that both young and old will delight in.

Her neck did she Crane,
As she looked up the Lane,
To see the Three Bears pass by.

mother hubbard - children verse books - national poetry day
Mother hubbard - children verse books - national poetry day

mother hubbard - verse collection - national poetry day

 


 


2. The Buckle My Shoe Picture Book – containing One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, a Gaping-Wide-Mouth-Waddling Frog, My Mother – Illustrated by Walter Crane

 

buckle My Shoe Picture Book - verse collection - national poetry day
‘The Buckle My Shoe Picture Book’contains the charming tales of ‘Buckle My Shoe’, ‘The Gaping-Wide-Mouth-Waddling Frog’ and ‘My Mother’. As Crane himself stated in the preface to this luxuriously illustrated edition, ‘A pleasing romance of domestic incident runs through “One, Two, Buckle my shoe”, while the “Waddling Frog” shows a rich and sumptuous imagination… if one were to ask… what is “My Mother” doing in such company? I shrewdly suspect, if we knew the truth, that she is really the author of both.’ This good natured humour continues throughout the text and full-colour illustrations – making this a truly charming volume of children’s verse.

One, two, buckle my shoe

Three, four, open the door”

Cinderella - children verse books - national poetry day
Cinderella - children verse books - national poetry day

The Buckle My Shoe Picture Book - Walter Crane

 

3. Cinderella Picture Book – containing Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Valentine & Orson – Illustrated by Walter Crane

 

cinderella picture book - verse collection - national poetry day
The Cinderella Picture Book holds the well-known and loved tales of ‘Cinderella’, ‘Puss in Boots’, and ‘Valentine and Orson.’ The former two tales were penned by Charles Perrault (1628 – 1703); among the first writers to bring magical children’s stories into the literary mainstream. ‘Valentine and Orson’ on the other hand, is a much older French tale, dating back to a fourteenth century romantic song. It tells the story of twin brothers, abandoned in the woods in infancy – and their divergent paths through life.

I know that you are sad, and that your sisters are unkind;

Now go and fetch me the largest pumpkin you can find.”

Cinderella - children verse books - national poetry day
cinderella - children verse books - national poetry day

cinderella picture book - verse collection - national poetry day

 



 

4. The Song of Sixpence Picture Book – containing Sing a Song of Sixpence, Princess Belle Etoile, An Alphabet of Old Friends – Illustrated by Walter Crane

sixpence picture book - verse collection - national poetry day
The Song Of Sixpence Picture Book contains the stories, Sing A Song Of Sixpence, Princess Belle Etoile and An Alphabet Of Old Friends. The rhyme Sing A Song For Sixpence is a well-known English nursery rhyme that was first recorded in the 18th century, however its origins still remain unknown. The second story Princess Belle Etoile is from french writer Madame d’Aulney, and is a french fairy tale full of princesses, a hateful queen mother and a fairy disguised as a turtle-dove.

Sixpence - children verse books - national poetry day
Sixpence - children verse books - national poetry day

sixpence picture book - verse collection - national poetry day

 

5. The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book – containing The Sleeping Beauty, Blue Beard, The Baby’s Own Alphabet – Illustrated by Walter Crane

Sleeping Beauty Picture Book - verse collection - national poetry day

This wonderfully illustrated collection of fairy tales and rhymes,The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book tells its tales through a series of colour illustrations and integrated text, it will delight readers both young and old with such tales as ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Baby’s Own Alphabet’ and ‘Bluebeard’. Appearing alongside the text, Walter Crane’s illustrations further refine and elucidate the enchanting storytelling.

Sleeping Beauty - children verse books - national poetry day
Sleeping Beauty - children verse books - national poetry day

Sleeping Beauty picture book - verse collection - national poetry day


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