Hal Johnson's Reviews > Marigold Garden: Pictures and Rhymes

Marigold Garden by Kate Greenaway
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Feb 26, 12

bookshelves: kids, poetry, c19, 1880s
Read in February, 2012

You couldn’t honestly say that none of these rhymes were inane, but what’s remarkable is how few of them are. Greenaway is perhaps more enamored than anyone alive today can be of garden parties and elegant teas, but she often successfully breathes some of the strangeness and mystery of nursery rhymes into these short poems. Compare them with the insipid products of an Eliza Lee Follen, for example, and see how strong is the oddity of the Sun Door, or Wonder World.

Also the art is without peer.
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