The Little Land
Reviewed: October 22, 2002
By: Text by Robert Louis Stevenson
Art by Kim Fernandes
Publisher: Kids Can Press
24 Pages, $14.95
1885 Robert Louis Stevenson published A Child’s Garden of Verses, a classic
volume which included this poem, “The Little Land”.
2002 Kim Fernandes applied her own particular vision to the story her told and
brought it to life all over again.
chose to explore the land of daydreams in his poem, that odd little land in
which disconnected events flow by so “logically” that a person caught up in one
quite fails to notice how strange it all is until the narrative flow is somehow
poem speaks of the “fairy land afar where the Little People are.” Fernandes has
chosen to take this daydream out into the garden where a drastically reduced
little boy, bored after watching the rain pour down the window panes all day,
is able to play with a group of friendly, oversized bugs and make the most of
what the rain has left behind.
works in a pliable modeling material called Fimo which gives her books a
characteristic three dimensional look, as well as brilliant colouring. Even the
night scenes sparkle.
is a very nice reinterpretation of a classic tale.