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National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More than 200 Poems With Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom! Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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K-Gr 4—Compiled by former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate Lewis, this assortment of nature-themed verse is, in a word, breathtaking. The selections represent a variety of styles, time periods, countries of origin, lengths, and themes; all are set against a stunning backdrop of full-bleed photographs. Offerings are divided into sections such as "In the sky," "In the Sea," and "On the Move" and run the gamut from whimsical to informative to comical and back again. William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," Li Po's "You Ask Why," and Jack Prelutsky's "The Ways of Living Things" provide myriad entry points into exploring and celebrating the natural world. Photographs, of the superior caliber one might expect from National Geographic, are labeled with a description of the animal, plant, or location depicted. At book's end, budding poets (and their teachers) will find a list of recommended children's materials on wordplay in poetry, sorted by type (acrostics, palindromes, haiku, and more). An index, divided by poem, subject, poem first line, and poet, renders this work exceedingly useful. VERDICT An excellent addition to any poetry collection.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ
"Few books make it clearer why nature inspires so many poets to reach for the pen." -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
“An inherently fascinating and fun read from first page to last, and colorfully illustrated throughout, the 'National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry...' is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family, school, and community library collections.” — Midwest Book Review
"Nature in all of its colorful, vivid, stunning glory is presented here in full-page, beautifully reproduced color photographs (National Geographic’s specialty, naturally) and spot-on accompanying poems…. This is a full package; a duet of wonder. A beautifully produced collection that will easily snag the attention of young readers.” — Booklist
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Pros: This is a rich collection of poetry by many different writers that invites children to engage in the creative processes of enjoying poetry and creating their own. Readers will be drawn in by the beautiful, National Geographic quality photographs on every page.
Cons: It would have been interesting to know a little more about some of the lesser-known poets; at the very least, the year they wrote their poems.
One example is a photo of clown fish with their orange and white bodies found dancing against a blue-green background. The words read, “The Clown fish is not an enemy of anemone; in fact, it is an anemone’s made, for which anemone stings its enemies. And that’s how friends are made,” by David Elliott.
These pages have titled sections showing nature, the sky, across land, in the sea, in the shade and so much more. Spectacular images will have every reader opening this book and sharing it many times over.
This book is for adults and children alike. Beautiful photography, a book to read and expand our appreciation of our wonderful world around us. Read one poem a day from this just lovely book and then go outside, and be restored. The poems are mostly short, varied about all aspects of nature, by famous poets and ones you never have heard of. Wonderful to share with others. Do dip into it and savor it. All poetry books should be so artistically thought through.