Shabby Sunday: The Book of a Thousand Poems (1942) #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #Thebookofathousandpoems #ChildrensBooks

Shabby Sunday


I have a bunch of old vintage books and continue to acquire more. One of my plans when starting this blog was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished, vintage books. I thought there might be other book bloggers out there with some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share.

This meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ is for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use my meme image if you’d like. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me in this post so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Last time I shared:

Old Peter’s Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome

Today’s Shabby Share:

The Book of a Thousand Poems


A collection of poems by writers ranging from William Blake and Henry W. Longfellow to Emily Dickinson and Robert L. Stevenson, arranged by topics such as “The Seasons,” “Nursery Rhymes,” and “Lullabies and Cradle Songs.”

This is another vintage book that we purchased online. Our hardcover copy is a reprint from 1986 and in very good condition with the dust jacket still intact. Luckily, this was a previous library copy with a strong plastic protector. Normally I don’t like to purchase ex-library copies, but with this particular book you can hardly tell. It was gently used.

This outstanding collection includes many different poetry selections with a range of subjects on nature, holidays, fables, nursery rhymes, and even prayers. Some of these poems are written by familiar authors like Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickenson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, H.W. Longfellow, and Christina Rossetti. This has to be one of the best poetry collections on our shelf. It’s the most-loved as well.

Here are the different sections in the book:

Some of the best memories from my childhood education stem from poetry. I remember how much I loved reading and memorizing poems as a child. Reading poetry was comforting and made me feel happy. My inspiration came from an elementary teacher who praised the poems that I wrote and shared a book titled ‘Bittersweet‘ to further encourage me.

My children adore The Book of a Thousand Poems, but in my opinion, this book isn’t just for children. There are poems for all ages–many that are mood-enhancing, offering escapism for these troubled times we’re experiencing. I’d be willing to bet that there are some long-forgotten poems in this collection that readers will relish. With that said, there aren’t very many poems that will boost verbal intelligence for older readers because it contains mostly simple poems—many which rhyme. Poems that rhyme are the ones that my children enjoy the most at their age.

There isn’t a single illustration in this book; it’s just poems from front to back–one right after the other. One of my favorite features of this collection is that it has multiple indexes, so if you’re looking for poems with the topic of ‘winter,’ they’re grouped together in one section in the index. I find this convenient, especially when we’re looking for poems to read at Christmastime or other holidays. My children are concentrating on the Middle Ages right now and just finished Robin Hood. While looking in the back of the book by subject index for ‘robin,’ I was able to find “Sherwood,” a poem by A. Noyes. (for copyright reasons, only two stanzas are included)


Sherwood in the twilight, is Robin Hood awake?
Grey and ghostly shadows are gliding through the brake;
Shadows of the dappled deer, dreaming of the morn,
Dreaming of a shadowy man that winds a shadowy horn.

Robin Hood is here again; all his merry thieves
Here a ghostly bugle-note, shivering through the leaves,
Calling as he used to call, faint and far away,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day. 

You can also search for poems by ‘author’ and ‘first lines.’

We love this book very much. If you have kids or grandkids and enjoy reading poetry, grab this gem. It’s worth every penny and one worth keeping throughout your lifetime. If you’re looking for a copy of this book to keep, there are plenty available online for under $20 USD.

Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm

Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books

Author Didi Oviatt

Sassy Brit@ Alternative-Read

Brittany @ PerfectlyTolerable

Shari @

Jennifer @

Lisa @ Way Too Fantasy

*Please stop by these blogs to check out all of their beautiful shabby shares!*

Thanks for checking out Shabby Sunday! Have you read this book? Do you have any shabby books to share? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

💜 Mischenko

15 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: The Book of a Thousand Poems (1942) #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #Thebookofathousandpoems #ChildrensBooks

  1. Hi – this is a great idea and I will try and link up and share a post (or two) in the coming year because I have some vintage books that I truly treasure
    and love the rainbow on the petty book – has such a vintage vibe and looks like a great book

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      1. Hi – I am actually in slow blog mode right now and am pulling back from challenges for a while – but I bookmarked your blog and will share later this year! In the meantime I enjoyed this post
        Take care

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  2. Oooh, you’ve enticed me. I have memories of many lovely poems from childhood. I think I would love this book, plus I like the idea that poems are grouped by subject, too. I’m going to look up a used copy on Amazon. Great share!


  3. This is cool. The way it’s laid out reminds me of one of my anthologies. I’m surprised there are no illustrations but I like that you can look poems up by subject matter. Great find ❤️


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