Childhood's perennial poets, Dorothy Aldis, Sara Teasdale, Walter de la Mare, Margaret Wise Brown, and many others are represented in a collection of verses which ponder nature, which comment wryly on galoshes and spiders, on parents -""Wish I was my mother and could mind myself"" -- and which sometimes express the universal emotions common to both boy and man. Dorothy Aldis' infectiously funny Biding is nonsense at its frothiest, while Aileen Fisher's Until We Built A Cabin is a starlit sonnet. Illustrations by Gobin Stair are line drawings, sometimes black and white, sometimes in color. They seem uncertain, as if the artist were not quite sure what this particular line should communicate. Small type face indicates that an adult will read the poetry aloud to the child, although the vocabulary would beam the book for independent reading for eight to elevens if the print were larger.