Thursday, February 25, 2010

Book Review-The Tree That Time Built

A Celebration of Nature, Science and Imagination
Selected by Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston
Published by SourceBooks Jabberywocky
Released in 2009
4 stars

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.

If you are a nature, science and poetry lover, than this is a must have for your book collection. This Cybils Award Nominee for Poetry book includes works that talk about the world around us. It leaves the reader understanding how the naturally world around us works and makes you want to leave the world a better place than how you found it.

I really enjoyed reading this book, as it includes some of my favorite poets. Not only that, this is a great educational book to have for any homeschooler, teacher and parent to have on hand. The work that has been compiled is amazing. There's a CD that features 18 poets reading their work, as well as a Glossary for each of the subjects covered in the book and a section about each of the poets from the 1200's to modern day. Poets like William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, Jelaluddin Rumi and more.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~