About a month ago the kids got a parcel in the post. It was eagerly opened and turned out to be this book from their lovely granny.
‘I am the seed that grew the tree’ is a wonderful book with a nature poem for every day of the year. After a month of reading, it’s still eagerly anticipated each day!
The book is published by Nosy Crow in collaboration with the National Trust. Each poem has been carefully and lovingly selected by Fiona Waters. The pages are filled with the most beautiful and inspiring, yet fun illustrations by Frank Preston-Gannon.
The first poem is ‘The Garden Year’ by Sara Coleridge:
January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.
February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.
March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil.
April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.
May brings flocks of pretty lambs,
Skipping by their fleecy dams.
June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children’s hands with posies.
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.
August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.
Warm September brings the fruit,
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.
Fresh October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather bits is pleasant.
Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.
Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.
This first poem sets the tone for the rest of the book and what can be expected each month.
The beautifully illustrated pages draw you into each poem, giving a feeling of nature and the outdoors.
The kids look forward to reading a poem each day-the oldest two take it in turns to read. It’s proven to be a great way to encourage the more reluctant readers of the family to learn in a fun and stress-free way. The poems aren’t too long and we always get chatting about the pictures and then relating it back to what we’ve seen in nature recently.
‘I am the seed that grew the tree’ is the kind of book you could dip into whenever you fancy a bit of nature in your day.
However, for us, its a bit like a bag of sweets…best shared and taken in bit by bit, savouring each one and looking forward to the next!
We would recommend this book to all young nature lovers and if you’re looking for kids’ gift ideas it was a really special present to receive!-thank you granny xx
What do the kids think?
‘My favourite is the poem about the wind-it’s spooky!’
‘I like the pictures-they’re beautiful and I think I’d be very good at juggling…’??!!