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Even in the biggest cities, there are signs of nature: a bright flower peeks out of a crack in the sidewalk, a vine climbs up the side of a building, spring rains wash over dusty streets. The natural world is present wherever we are, and each season brings a host of new growth with different colors, shapes, and smells. Nature can evoke powerful emotions, which might be why it inspires so many poets. Through the lens of poetry, a garden can bloom or a rose might simply be just a rose, and you’ll see that the best way to learn about the stars is not in a classroom, but by looking up at the night sky.
A neighbor of mine in the village
Likes to tell how one spring
When she was a girl on the farm, she did
A childlike thing.
One day she asked her father
To give her a garden plot
To plant and tend and reap herself,
And he said, “Why not?”
In casting about for a corner
He thought of an idle bit
Of walled-off ground where a shop had stood,
And he said, “Just it.”
And he said, “That ought to make you
An ideal one-girl farm,
And give you a chance to put some strength
On your slim-jim arm.”
It was not enough of a garden,
Her father said, to plough;
So she had to work it all by hand,
But she don’t mind now.
She wheeled the dung in the wheelbarrow
Along a stretch of road;
But she always ran away and left
Her not-nice load,
And hid from anyone passing.
And then she begged the seed.
She says she thinks she planted one
Of all things but weed.
A hill each of potatoes,
Radishes, lettuce, peas,
Tomatoes, beets, beans, pumpkins, corn,
And even fruit trees.
And yes, she has long mistrusted
That a cider apple tree
In bearing there to-day is hers,
Or at least may be.
Her crop was a miscellany
When all was said and done,
A little bit of everything,
A great deal of none.
Now when she sees in the village
How village things go,
Just when it seems to come in right,
She says, “I know!
It’s as when I was a farmer—”
Oh, never by way of advice!
And she never sins by telling the tale
To the same person twice.
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Posted April 16, 2011
Reading poetry for the first time is always a thrilling discovery. Whether you choose to memorize, read, or recite it aloud, each poem in this collection will offer something new - a spark of imagination, a unique rhyme, a vivid description, or simply a reason to laugh. Perfect for girls of all ages, this book celebrates poems about:
Nature with such beautiful works from William Wordsworth, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Robert Frost
Imagination composed of works by Shakespeare, Yeats and Lord Tennyson
Inspiration crafted by Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, and William Blake
Fun and Nonsense literary verses by Shel Silverstein and Lewis Carroll
Since my youngest daughter is experiencing the love of poetry and prose, we thought this would be a wonderful book to begin her journey with and we were not disappointed. To see such love for the written words of great masters of weaving words through their writing, she was enchanted from the first page.
There are simple fun tongue twisters, limericks and even classic nursery rhymes to spin more fun into your child's literary world. Now they are all captured in one simple book dedicated to poems that girls will come to love and adore. Here's just a small sample:
A flea and a fly flew up a flue.
Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
I received this charming and delightful book, 100 Great Poems for Girls by Celia Johnson compliments of Hachette Book Group and Grand Central Publishing for my honest review and can honesty say, was not disappointed. To see reading encouraged in my daughter is a wonderful gift and with confidence I can say this book rates 5 stars any day! This are suitable for ages 9-12 years of age or older. This book is available in paperback formats.