Synopses & Reviews
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
"'Science and art have often been cast as opposites, but the division is an artificial one,' reads the introduction to this expansive collection of poems about the natural world. Hoberman, current children's poet laureate, and Winston, a teacher and cultural anthropologist, gather more than 100 poems, grouped by subject (prehistory, trees, reptiles, etc.) from such poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, D.H. Lawrence, Jack Prelutsky, and Sylvia Plath, among others (including Hoberman). Footnotes encourage readers to approach the poems both rationally and imaginatively, and a glossary defines scientific and linguistic terms; several poets read their works in an included CD. One provocative highlight is an excerpt from Tomas Transtrmer's March '79, shown in three different translations, underlining the creativity translators employ. Taken in total, the poems encompass nature's multitudinous qualities, from harsher realities ('On my early walk/ I passed the Frog Prince/ dead in a rut of the road,' in Virginia Hamilton Adair's Early Walk) to its ability to inspire at its most microscopic, as Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, 'Atom from atom yawns as far/ As moon from earth,/ as star from star.' Ages 7 12. These insightful books take a fresh look at diverse historical topics." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Moving gracefully through the seasons, newcomer VanDerwater shares a girl's experience of what the forest has to offer."
"The imagery is fresh and original; it's accessible, too. Watercolor images of each poem's subject add to the appeal."
"Dip into this appealing collection for an introduction to early nature studies or poetry writing, or for generating some well-deserved enthusiasm for a stroll in the great outdoors."
"The verses are approachable for readers and vivid for readaloud listeners, so this is a title with a broad spread of possible use. Even if there's no nearby forest, just have the kids close their eyes, listen to the poetry, and imagine that there is."
and#8212;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The book is an inviting tour for those who enjoy observing the natural world through poetry."
and#8212;School Library Journal
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.
26 short, lighthearted poems about the forest and its animals, plants, and seasonal changes, beautifully and accurately illustrated in watercolor.
A spider is a and#8220;never-tangling dangling spinner / knitting angles, trapping dinner.and#8221; A tree frog proposes, and#8220;Marry me. Please marry meand#8230; / Pick me now. / Make me your choice. / Iand#8217;m one great frog / with one strong voice.and#8221; VanDerwater lets the denizens of the forest speak for themselves in twenty-six lighthearted, easy-to-read poems. As she observes, and#8220;Silence in Forest / never lasts long. / Melody / is everywhere / mixing in / with piney air. / Forest has a song.and#8221; The graceful, appealing watercolor illustrations perfectly suit these charming poems that invite young readers into the woodland world at every season.
About the Author
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is a poet whose work has appeared in several magazines and children. Forest Has a Song is her first book. A writing teacher and journalist as well as a poet, Amy has a master of arts in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught fifth grade and directed a summer writing program for many years. She currently works in schools throughout the United States, teaching teachers about writing workshops, studying literature, and conferring with students. She lives on a farm in Holland, New York, with her husband, their three children, lots of animals, and plenty of books.Robbin Gourley is an artistandnbsp;and art director as well as an author and illustratorandnbsp;of cookbooks and picture books. She divides her time betweenandnbsp;rural Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York.