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I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust


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I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem For Every Day Of The Year, named after the first line of Judith Nicholls' poem 'Windsong', is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems - one for every day of the year, including leap years. Filled with familiar favourites and new discoveries, written by a wide variety of poets, including John Agard, William Blake, Emily Bronte, Charles Causley, Walter de la Mare, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Roger McGough, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, John Updike, William Wordsworth and many more, this is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning or the end of the day, or just to dip into.

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust Reviews | Toppsta

9780857637703
  • ISBN: 9780857637703
  • Pub Date: 29th August 2018
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 336

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15th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust 9780857637703
5 stars
Nosy Crow Books have put their heart and soul into creating an extraordinary collection of nature poems for every day of the year, carefully selected by Fiona Waters and stunningly illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. The lavish production of this collection makes this book totally irresistible and extremely covetable. Each of the spreads are sumptuously illustrated with the most lavish, rich images from nature reflecting perfectly the changes of the seasons and the beauty and majesty of nature. Whilst all of the poems that have been chosen seamlessly fit into the days,  capturing all the different elements and aspects that we see evolving. There is a really interesting eclectic mix of poems from traditional favourites like Walter De La Mare, Emily Bronte and Christina Rossetti to newer discoveries Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah. It’s a perfect book for dipping in and out of to just savour the joy of the poems, or if you’re looking for inspiration to spark creativity for art or writing. I can’t think of anything more delightful than to share this book with children at home or school and appreciate the glory of the animals, plants, trees, weather and seasons that are such an intrinsic part of our lives.
9th September '18
I read it myself (an adult) , to Brobee aged 6 aged 6 , to Toodee aged 4 aged 4 , to Class 3 aged 7 to 8 & to Year 6 readers aged 10 to 11
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust 9780857637703
5 stars
This is a stunning anthology of poetry that deserves to be in pride of place in every school library. The poems span a wide range of styles; from true classics to modern, innovative poets that bring things right up to date. All are illustrated with such  care and attention to both the poem's theme and the time of the year. It's lovely to be able to dip in and out as well as sit and pour over the book in its entirety.
6th February '19
I read it to RC13 aged 5 aged 5
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust 9780857637703
5 stars
This is a beautiful book. It is great for so many reasons. I particularly like the mix of modern and classic poetry. The illustrations are lovely, and really match the seasonal change of the poems. My daughter loves reading one poem every night, and gets excited to change on to the next month.
14th March '19
I read it to Zog aged 2 aged 2
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust 9780857637703
5 stars
I gave this to my daughter as a New Year gift so we could enjoy a new Poem each night of the year. I love the idea of being able to read poems that would hopefully link into our day in some way...whether it be something we had seen in nature or the changes in weather. It's such a special book that I hope we can enjoy year after year and pass it down. 
17th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year: National Trust 9780857637703
5 stars
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree is the most beautiful poetry anthology I have ever seen. It is a stunning collection of 366 nature poems, one for every day of the year including leap years. The hardback book has been sumptuously produced with deluxe paper, cloth binding and a ribbon marker – making it a book to treasure.

The glorious full-colour, double page illustrations by Frann Preston-Gannon are what initially take your breath away. Each is a work of art. Stylised and child friendly, while still faithful to nature, they convey the beauty and magnificence of the natural world. Frann perfectly captures the changing seasons – from swirling mists to powder blue skies, from blazing heat to driving rain and snow. There are intricate close ups of a dragonfly’s wings and wider vistas of fields and mountains. Her illustrations skilfully capture the movement of crashing waves and wind-blown branches, and the stillness of a snow-covered landscape.

The poems themselves are drawn from over 400 years of poetry and place modern poems alongside the classics. 185 named poets have works included in the book and there are also anonymous poems and rhymes. I enjoyed both the familiarity of re-reading my half-forgotten childhood favourites and the excitement of discovering new poems.

In fact, it’s the variety that is one of the most wonderful aspects of this anthology. There are poems about mammals, birds, insects, fish, crustaceans, amphibians, flowers and trees. Some are domestic, lots are wild. We discover nature in both countryside and urban settings, on small and grand scales. We are taken from puddles to oceans, and from molehills to mountains. Sometimes we’re burrowing underground, sometimes we’re soaring overhead. The poems encompass gardens, forests, fields and hedgerows, rivers, ponds, lakes and rockpools. They chart the seasonal changes and switch between day and night. There are haikus, kennings and tongue twisters alongside nursery rhymes and verse poems.

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree is packed full of fabulous  accessible poems for you to share with the children in your life. Read one a day, dip in and out, read them aloud or curl up and savour them alone. Then look up, go out and explore the wonders of nature together.
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About Frann Preston-Gannon

Lola M. Schaefer is the author of many children's books and the winner of a Charlotte Zolotow Honor and the Children's Choice Book Award.When Lola is not writing at home, she visits classrooms and writes side-by-side with children as an author-in-residence. She lives in Georgia....

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