The Earth Is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems about Our Planet

The Earth Is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems about Our Planet

by Barbara Brenner, S. D. Schindler
     
 

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Celebrate our green planet -- Earth -- in this spirited collection of nearly one hundred poems by such award-winning writers as Margaret Wise Brown, X.J. Kennedy, Shel Silverstein, and Eve Merriam. With lush watercolor illustrations by S.D. Schindler, this book is sure to heighten any child's appreciation of the green world around us.

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Celebrate our green planet -- Earth -- in this spirited collection of nearly one hundred poems by such award-winning writers as Margaret Wise Brown, X.J. Kennedy, Shel Silverstein, and Eve Merriam. With lush watercolor illustrations by S.D. Schindler, this book is sure to heighten any child's appreciation of the green world around us.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This ``garden'' of verse yields a bouquet of delights. Schindler ( Great-aunt Ida and Her Great Dane, Doc ), noted for his quirky depictions of animals and people, outdoes himself with his attentive renderings of insects and plants. Tulips and gingko leaves, poppies and pine trees, wintry maples and spring violets blossom in exquisite watercolors. Brenner groups her selections in eight parts--from ``Earth Green'' (poems about the ``magic and power of Earth's green things'') to ``Forever Green'' (poems about the ``perils to our environment'')--each with a short introduction. Poems vary in tone and topics from a haunting Paiute chant about the coming of spring to Roy Blount Jr.'s two-line joke about broccoli (which the grocer is out of, ``Loccoli''). In addition to easily anticipated choices from such poets as Eve Merriam, Jack Prelutsky, Myra Cohn Livingston and X. J. Kennedy, Brenner includes a host of newcomers, a work translated from the Serbo-Croatian and little-anthologized treasures from Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay and Ted Hughes. Both editor and illustrator help the reader ``enter in / To the small silences between / The leaves'' and discover in the poetry of many cultures the ``beautiful and generous green Earth.'' All ages. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Start out each day with a poem by X. J. Kennedy, David McCord, Edna St. Vincent Millay, or other poets extolling trees and other growing things in this garden of poems about our planet.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-It's not easy being green, but books that foster greater respect for and awareness of our world can make it a little less difficult. This garden of poetry celebrates the subtle and vibrant joy that can be found in every leaf, fruit, and vine. From masters such as Ciardi, McCord, Sandburg, and Merriam (and a host of others) come over 90 poems. Divided into nine sections, the verses bespeak the changing seasons, from the first buds of spring, to planting and harvesting time, to prayers of hope to keep the Earth ``forever green.'' Short, playful poems weave with longer, reflective odes expounding on the billowy whites of winter to the choke of murky pollution. Many of the selections rhyme; others speak softly in free verse, including several delicate Native American anthems. Lush watercolors, several of which span double-page spreads, greatly enhance the gentle realization of our natural treasures. A bordered and illustrated table of contents and index (title, author, first lines) bring the book full circle, making it a complete and accessible work. A likely companion to The Big Book for Our Planet (Dutton, 1993).-Sharon Korbeck, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590451345
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.39(w) x 11.19(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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