My Favorite Book: A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson

To pass the time and help a hospitalized speechless Alzheimer’s patient who had just suffered a stroke I read aloud poetry.  Several visits had passed without any communication from the patient, but during a reading of “Bed in Summer” from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Child’s Garden of Verses, without any prompting from me the patient recited the last few stanzas.   Who knows how many years had passed since she had read this poem!   That is the last time I heard the patient utter any complete sentences.   This memory makes the Child’s Garden of Verses my most unforgettable book.  

Reviewed by: Nancy J.

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