Both I and my wife still have our childhood copies of this collection of poems for children. I know my folks read to me from it. The minimalist art deco illustrations haunt me still; they evoke not only my childhood of half a century back but a simple, romantic, dreamworld, just past the age of empire, unreachably distant and yet strangely outside of time.
This is perhaps my favorite poem from it, also haunting in its bare and mysterious bones.
Silver Pennies clearly resonates for many people, as is proved by its presence on the following sites.
The Marlowe Bookshelf
VLS Photo: The Art and Culture of Inspiration
Arthur’s Classic Novels
Check out more illustrations from old children’s books here:
Kat in the Cupboard (flickr)