REVIEW: I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree

This has to be one of the most beautiful books I have seen and it has definitely shot to the top of the list of my all-time favourite poetry books; a future classic. I love to encourage children to read poetry and this wonderful book should have a place in every family home. The title is from Windsong by Judith Nicholls: “I am the seed that grew the tree that gave the wood to make the page to fill the book with poetry.” Whether you share a poem a day, or just dip into it, you will be well rewarded. The eclectic range of poets include John Agard, William Blake, Emily Bronte, Charles Causley, Walter de la Mare, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Roger McGough, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Updike, William Wordsworth and many, many more.

The combination of superlatively stylish full page colour illustrations by Frann Preston-Gannon and a wonderfully curated collection of poems can’t be bettered. The illustrations really set the scene and focus attention on the wonders of nature, and will appeal equally to adults and children. Excellent indexes make it easy to locate poems by poet, title, first line and month. Another success from the collaboration between Nosy Crow and the National Trust. I can’t recommend it highly enough and it’s the perfect gift.

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