BLOCK CITY by Robert Louis Stevenson

BLOCK CITY

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Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Echoing Ashley Wolff’s 1988 approach to Stevenson’s poetic tribute to the power of imagination, Kirk begins with neatly drawn scenes of a child in a playroom, assembling large wooden blocks into, “A kirk and a mill and a palace beside, / And a harbor as well where my vessels may ride.” All of these acquire grand architectural details and toy-like inhabitants as the pages turn, until at last the narrator declares, “Now I have done with it, down let it go!” In a final twist, the young city-builder is shown running outside, into a well-kept residential neighborhood in which all the houses except his have been transformed into piles of blocks. Not much to choose between the two interpretations, but it’s a poem that every child should have an opportunity to know. (Picture book/poetry. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-689-86964-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2005




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