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Gobolinks or Shadow Pictures for Young and Old   By: (1856-1917)

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Gobolinks or Shadow Pictures for Young and Old, written by Ruth McEnery Stuart, is a delightful and imaginative collection of illustrated poems that will captivate readers of all ages.

From the moment I opened this book, I was enchanted by the unique concept it presents. Gobolinks, as the author describes, are mysterious and shape-shifting creatures that can be found in the intricate patterns of inkblots. In this collection, McEnery Stuart combines her whimsical verses with cleverly created inkblots, inviting readers to let their imaginations run wild as they interpret the hidden forms within the shadows.

The poems themselves are a joy to read. McEnery Stuart's language is playful and lyrical, creating a rhythm that is both enchanting and lighthearted. Each poem explores a different theme or subject, from nature and animals to mythical creatures and everyday objects. What truly sets this collection apart, however, is the way in which the illustrations interact with the verses.

The inkblot illustrations, created by the talented artist Albert Bigelow Paine, are a visual feast for the eyes. Each page presents a unique inkblot, which serves as a canvas for hidden images and creatures waiting to be discovered. As readers study the inkblots, they can identify different shapes, creatures, and scenes that the author subtly hints at in her poems. This interactive element adds another layer of depth to the reading experience, encouraging readers to engage both their imagination and observation skills.

What I particularly appreciated about Gobolinks or Shadow Pictures is its accessibility for readers of all ages. While the poetry and inkblot interpretations will surely resonate with young readers, adults will also find enjoyment in the clever wordplay and hidden meanings scattered throughout the verses. This makes the book perfect for shared reading experiences, where both children and adults can embark on an imaginative journey together.

In conclusion, Gobolinks or Shadow Pictures for Young and Old is a charming and inventive collection that seamlessly combines poetry and art. Ruth McEnery Stuart's lyrical verses paired with the captivating inkblot illustrations by Albert Bigelow Paine create a truly unique reading experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a delightful blend of imagination, enchantment, and creative expression.

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[Transcriber's Note: This book relies on the illustrations to be fully understood. Use the fully illustrated HTML version to get the full meaning from this lovely book.]


Gobolinks or Shadow Pictures For Young and Old

BY And Ruth McEnery Albert Bigelow Stuart Paine


New York The Century Co. 1896

Copyright, 1896, by The Century Co.




Dear Friends of our youth, should you happen to look At the curious things in this curious book, And should you, with quizzical countenance, ask The how and the why of our curious task We could truly reply To the query of "why " To the smile on your lip, and your questioning eye, That the work was begun In a spirit of fun, To amuse when the work of the daylight was done; And continued, because we believed it would be Amusement to such as were weary as we To drift for awhile among goblins and elves, Or haply make shadows and rhymes for themselves. For though years have passed since we drifted apart, We're all of us more or less children at heart... Continue reading book >>

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