I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home -

BIG PIC­TURE PRESS, £14.99

My daugh­ters loved dip­ping into this beau­ti­ful book, an an­thol­ogy of 365 po­ems about the nat­u­ral world, tak­ing turns to read out their favourites. Most are short, some just a few lines long, and there are also haikus, lim­er­icks and tongue-twisters. Fa­mous names crop up – Ted Hughes, Emily Dick­in­son, Robert Louis Steven­son and Ben­jamin Zepha­niah, for in­stance – though many of the po­ems are anony­mous.

This is a sat­is­fy­ingly hefty book to hold, and the po­ems are framed by gor­geously im­mer­sive and colour­ful il­lus­tra­tions that evoke the four sea­sons: spring flow­ers, swoop­ing swal­lows, shim­mer­ing shoals of fish, au­tumn leaves and win­try snows­capes. While a few words and verse struc­tures are tricky, most of the po­ems can eas­ily be man­aged by seven- to ten-year-olds.

Ben Hoare BBC Wildlife Fea­tures Edi­tor

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