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The Land of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson - read by Mr Naughton

From A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson - published in 1885., with illustrations by Jessie Wilcox-Smith.

Trees - a poem by Joyce Kilmer - commentary and reading by Mr Naughton

A well-loved poem from 1913

The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by Mr Naughton

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A delightful poem from a Child's Garden of Verses by RL Stevenson. The illustration is by Inga Moore is from the 1st edition, published in 1885.

'Whole Duty of Children' and 'At the Seaside' by RL Stevenson - read by Mr Naughton

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Readings of two more well-loved poems from A Child's Garden of Verses. Suitable for younger children, though something tells me that even the Upper Juniors will enjoy these two. Ave Maria

Sonnet 29 by William Shaksespeare, read by Mr Naughton

One of Shakespeare's most well-loved poems, Sonnet 29 is a hymn to love and friendship. The background music is Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A played by Ernst Ottensamer with the Vienna Mozart Academy conducted by Johannes Wilder

1. Wind in the Willows - Opening - We meet by Mr Naughton

Right at the beginning of this wonderful novel Kenneth Grahame introduces Mole, one of the four main characters. More readings to follow.

2. Reading 2 of 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame - Chapter 1: Mole finds The River and glimpses Water Rat - read by Mr Naughton

Having met Mole in Reading 1, and finding him grown tired of spring-cleaning and white-washing his lowly little home, you'll remember that he climbed up into the fresh air. Here he finds himself in a beautiful rolling meadow, and crossing the meadow in ever higher spirits, Mole comes to the side of something rather wonderful - a river. The River. Delighting in the wonder of The River, he soon catches his first glimpse - and ours - of the next great character: Water Rat.

3. Reading 3 Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - read by Mr Naughton: Messing about in boats...

4 Reading 4 Wind in the Willows read by Mr Naughton

In one of the most celebrated passages from the whole book, Rat tells us all about his beloved river - The River

5 Reading 5 of Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame read by Mr Naughton

Mole enquires about the Wild Wood