Riley Child-Rhymes

Riley Child-Rhymes

Riley Child-Rhymes

Riley Child-Rhymes

Synopsis

A must-have for Riley enthusiasts everywhere, this classic book has been faithfully reproduced for Indiana's state bicentennial. Now with an introduction by lifelong Riley enthusiast and former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, this charming book contains 39 of James Whitcomb Riley's signature poems, including "Old Aunt Mary's," "Little Orphant Annie," and "The Raggedy Man." Graced by noted Brown County artist Will Vawter's illustrations of such poems as "The Nine Goblins," "The Circus Day Parade," and "Barefoot, Hungry, Lean Ornery Boys," this book offers a look at how childhood was lived a century ago. First produced in 1890, Riley Child-Rhymes with Hoosier Pictures recalls simpler times gone by.

Excerpt

The Indiana bicentennial and the opening of the new Visitor Center at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home in Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis, a couple of blocks from where I write, give us occasion to consider the company the once-popular “Hoosier Poet” keeps today. Some examples may be surprising, some not. in our day, critics have dismissed Riley as a “sentimentalist,” a charge that has validity. His detractors, however, overlook important strengths of his work.

My mother, Dorothy Schmitt Krapf, a Riley enthusiast, was born in 1913 on a farm west of my hometown, Jasper, Indiana. She was one of six children. Her father died when she was six and the eldest, my godfather, Alfred, was twelve. I did not know that my mother was such a friend of poetry until she told me in her eighties that she loved Tennyson, showed me a copy . . .

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