For this celebration of our Earth — and the most topical theme of our time — distinguished anthologist Wendy Cooling has chosen poems to make children look, think, and ask questions. Why are trees so important? How are highways damaging our countrysides? What can we do about garbage? What can we do to protect our Earth for the future? Strong, colorful illustrations resonate, making this a gift book with a difference. Poets include John Agard, Dionne Brand, Tony Bradman, Tony Chen, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, ...
For this celebration of our Earth — and the most topical theme of our time — distinguished anthologist Wendy Cooling has chosen poems to make children look, think, and ask questions. Why are trees so important? How are highways damaging our countrysides? What can we do about garbage? What can we do to protect our Earth for the future? Strong, colorful illustrations resonate, making this a gift book with a difference. Poets include John Agard, Dionne Brand, Tony Bradman, Tony Chen, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Grace Nichols, Thomas Hardy, Ian Souter, John Milton, Tony Bradman, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Alan Brownjohn, William Blake, Benjamin Zephaniah, Christina Rossetti, Ogden Nash, Andrew Fusek Peters, and other poets from all over the world.
All over the world, in classic and contemporary forms, poetry echoes the awe and wonder of our earth. Categorized through varying themes of nature, poems in this collection reflect seasons and weather, conservation and awareness, wildlife and wonder. Each poem is catalogued with the poet's name and country of origin, spanning from England to Russia, Turkey and China. A brief listing at the conclusion of the collection offers information about each selected poet. Contemporary poets find themselves sharing pages with classic writers and new voices. Free verse poems mingle with rhymes, rhythms, and eclectic verses to promote awareness of natural causes. More than thirty poems, tied together through brilliant watercolor illustrations, encourage children to appreciate nature and challenge themselves to protect natural resources. Exposure to verse from Alfred Lord Tennyson inspires a child to admire the flight of an eagle. A traditional Inuit song of Greenland asks a child to imagine a seal through the eyes of a hesitant hunter. A glimpse of massive beauty is painted through the words of John Milton. Riad Nourallah offers a complete alphabet, rhyming themes of awareness, considering all conservative efforts from saving dolphins to eating organically grown food. A beautiful and creative collection to any science classroom or as inspiration for students composing poetry about related themes. Reviewer: Patrice Russo Belotte
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Poets included in this volume range from John Milton to Ogden Nash. The selections are all about the fragility of the planet, taking care of its various creatures, and being diligent now to ensure a bountiful future. Length varies; one poem fills a spread while another by William Blake is only two lines long. Taken as a whole, the book is a cautionary tale. The illustrations, done in pencil and watercolors, are simple and uncluttered and appear on white backgrounds. Done in a folk-art style with many exaggerated features and sizes, the pictures do a lot to enhance the mood of each poem. The people depicted are diverse, which is apt for a book that is an anthem to the world. This is a lovely book for family sharing or to introduce ecology units.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Thirty-six verses, old and new, about the natural world are found in this British import. Contemporary poets rub elbows with such legends as William Blake and John Milton in Cooling's nicely edited collection. The range of subjects and poetic forms is equally impressive, and the poems flow in a kind of narrative. The first poem, which lends the book its title, finds a mother wishing her baby all the beauties of nature. Poems about the sun, a forest, a single tree, a pond, the ocean and birds of all varieties and habits follow. Ogden Nash delights with his wry "Song of the Open Road": "I think that I shall never see / A billboard lovely as a tree. / Perhaps, unless the billboards fall / I'll never see a tree at all." Seals, whales, elephants and rabbits are some of the other creatures included. The final poem, "Natural Anthem," ends with the lines, "God save / Our / Green." Grobler's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are quiet and beautifully rendered, like settings for fine gems. Marvelous and evergreen. (thumbnail bios) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)