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The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination

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A poetry celebration of nature, science, the environment, and the wonder of it all, from the Children's Poet Laureate

The Tree That Time Built is a moving anthology of more than 100 poems celebrating the wonders of the natural world and encouraging environmental awareness. With a focus on the outdoors, this collection taps into today's environmental movement and also presents wonders of nature and science, most especially Darwin's theory of evolution, from which this collection ...

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Overview

A poetry celebration of nature, science, the environment, and the wonder of it all, from the Children's Poet Laureate

The Tree That Time Built is a moving anthology of more than 100 poems celebrating the wonders of the natural world and encouraging environmental awareness. With a focus on the outdoors, this collection taps into today's environmental movement and also presents wonders of nature and science, most especially Darwin's theory of evolution, from which this collection gains its name. Included is an exclusive audio CD of many of the poets reading their own work.

Including dynamic introductions to nine sections of poems, plus brief introductions to many individual poems, this collection reaches out to young people and stimulates their innate curiosity and idealism. This rich collection showcases a wide range of poets, including:

  • Theodore Roethke
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Carl Sandburg
  • Douglas Florian
  • Jeff Moss
  • Jack Prelutsky
  • Mary Ann Hoberman
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" "The Tree That Time Built" is a lovely selection of poems celebrating "the family tree of all life on earth," selected by U. S. Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston and includes an audio CD of poets reading their work."" - Buffalo News
Mary Quattlebaum
The poets here yield a lively mix of forms, voices and moods, with Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Frost and Mary Oliver sharing space with children's poets Douglas Florian, Constance Levy and the incomparable Valerie Worth…This anthology is perfect for dipping or diving into, for reading aloud and for celebrating the quirks and glories of everything from William Blake's "World in a grain of sand" to Wislawa Szymborska's lighthearted whale.
—The Washington Post
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—Finding connections to and inspiration from Charles Darwin's work, the editors of this anthology encourage readers to consider the shared ancestry among all living things. Divided into nine sections, this impressive collection begins with the theme "Oh, Fields of Wonder" and ends with poems that remind readers to "Hurt No Living Thing." Classic works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, and the like, and selections from contemporary poets are included, as well as translated works. Hoberman and Winston cleverly pair titles such as D. H. Lawrence's "Hummingbird" with Rachel Field's "Something Told the Wild Geese." A thoughtful introduction describes the origin and organization of the book. Many pages contain footnotes that provide additional information about the poet, poetic terms and form, and suggestions for further consideration and discussion. A CD of poets reading their own work and poems written by others is included. This handsome collection is especially appropriate for classroom use and instruction along with Constance Levy's A Crack in the Clouds (S & S, 1998). From the playful to the profound, the poems invite reflection and inspire further investigation.—Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402225178
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 694,976
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman is a poet and the critically acclaimed author of many books for children, including the beloved A House Is a House for Me, winner of the National Book Award. Other popular titles include The Seven Silly Eaters and the You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series. In 2008, Mary Ann was named Children's Poet Laureate of America by the Poetry Foundation.

Linda Winston, a cultural anthropologist and teacher, has worked with students of all ages, from kindergarten through graduate school. She is the author of Keepsakes: Using Family Stories in Elementary Classrooms and Grandpartners: Intergenerational Learning and Civic Renewal, K-6. She lives in New York City.

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