Picture-books in Winter
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

“A Child’s Garden of Verses” is Robert Louis Stevenson’s compilation of his charming poems for children. This poem celebrates the way a picture book can take the reader away to enchanting places on a cold winter’s day. Student’s will respond to questions on the language and the theme after reading the poem.

Topic(s): Realistic Fiction. Skill(s): Theme, Figurative Language. Genre(s): Poetry

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Passage

Summer fading, winter comes-
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.

Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.

All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children’s eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.

We may see how all things are,
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the picture story-books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?

Comprehension Questions
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