I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem For Every Day Of The Year – named after the first line of Judith Nicholls' poem 'Windsong' – is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems; one for every day of the year, including leap years.
From ice-dusted birch trees on a January night to an autumn glimpse of a hawk in flight, this landmark anthology sings with the power of language to capture the magic of our changing world. Filled with familiar favourites and new discoveries, written by a wide variety of poets, including John Agard, William Blake, Emily Brontë, Charles Causley, Walter de la Mare, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Roger McGough, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, John Updike, William Wordsworth and many more, it's a book for all ages to share, inspire, love and treasure.
These thoughtful poems have been gathered from all around the world, and specifically chosen to suit each individual day of the year. The selections were curated by Fiona Waters, a passionate champion of children’s literature. Waters has worked with children’s books all her life as a bookseller, publisher, author and reviewer, and won the CLPE Poetry Prize in 2005. In collecting the poems for I Am the Seed, Fiona and the publisher Nosy Crow have maintained regional spellings and usage, in order to preserve the integrity of the originals.
The captivating and playful illustrations are provided by Frann Preston-Gannon, who was previously shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2013 for The Journey Home. She has brought life and imagination to every page, enough to make children and adults alike stop in their tracks.
A breath-taking compendium of words and pictures that beg to be read and cherished, this a book that will be at the top of many of our own bookseller’s Christmas lists.
"In a year of exceptional publishing, this book really stood out for its thoughtful collection of poems gathered from around the world, partnered with captivating and playful illustrations. The finished product, in both content and design, is intriguing in a way that stops children and adults alike in their tracks." – Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Children’s Buyer
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 2110 g
Dimensions: 280 x 255 x 33 mm
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