Edited by Richard Wilson (T. Nelson and Sons, 6s. net), is a selection of poems, with very attractive pictures. The first is “John Gilpin,” the last is Rudyard Kipling’s “Children’s Song ” ; in between, to take some specimens, we may say at random, are E. Barrett Browning’s ” Romaunt of the Page,” Longfellow’s “Luck of Edenhall,” “The Lady of Shalott,” Whittier’s “Barbara Frietchie,” and Doyle’s “Loss of the Birkenhead.” In all there are a hundred and seven, and an excellent choice.-Another selection of prose and verse, limited in scope, is A Book of Wild Things, Selections by Lucy Lyttelton (same publishers, 3s. 6d.) Two-and-twenty animals have been chosen, and for each we have pieces of description in prose or verse. The rook, for instance, is the subject of poems by “Barry Cornwall,” W. Allingha,m, Shelley, Coleridge, and two popular rhymes, and described in prose by Mr. W. Hudson. Of the two- and-twenty all are birds, except the hare, deer, squirrel, and rat. -With these may be mentioned Tommy’s Adventures in Nature Land, by Sir Digby Piggott (Witherby and Co., 2s. 6d. net). This is a sequel to “The Changeling,” and relates how “Tommy” became acquainted with the real life of various creatures, and in the best possible way. He had the good luck to make the acquaint- ance of Johnny Fairy, and by his help was “at one time a rook, at another a bee, at another a fox, and so forth.” Of these strange doings, illustrated by some pretty pictures, boys and girls may read in this volume.
– review from The Spectator, 20 NOVEMBER 1909, Page 12