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I am the Seed that Grew the Tree – Book Review

Feb 24th 2020

We love a good poetry book here at The Literacy Company and we think we have stumbled across one of the best ones out there.

‘I am the Seed that Grew the Tree: A nature poem for every day of the year’ selected by Fiona Waters and stunningly illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon is a fabulous collection of poems suitable to use with children throughout primary school – everyone will find something suitable for their age-group in here.

The book has been designed not only to be filled with rich, engaging poetry but also to be a thing of beauty in itself. It contains a wide range of poems about creatures, plants, weather and the sea; each page draws you in and tells you a story of the changing season through the selected poems and illustrations. From modern poems, by Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah, to classics, by Robert Louis Stevenson and Alfred Lord Tennyson, this collection is sure to inspire young poets to engage with nature.

There is a poem labelled for each day of the year and the monthly contents pages help you to navigate the book and find relevant poems for your class or to suit a theme or topic. We cannot recommend this book highly enough and we have loved using it for our latest set of Pathways to Write poetry units.