Poetry Friday is hosted today by Poetry For Children.
My selection is The Tree That Time Built: a celebration of nature, science and imagination.
This anthology of nature-inspired poems is collected by Mary Ann Hoberman, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate and Linda Winston, anthropologist and teacher. The book includes more that 100 poems and a CD of 44 poems with some of the poets reading their own work.
The poetry is loosely sorted into thematic groups with a brief, thoughtful introduction to each collection. There is a wealth of talent here from early poets such as Blake and Emerson to Langston Hughes and Sylvia Plath along with contemporary writers Douglas Florian and Joyce Sidman.
The book concludes with a glossary and suggestions for further reading and research.
I recommend taking a moment to read the introduction to the book as it offers readers important insights into Hoberman's and Winston's inspiration for this work, their thoughts on the selection process, and the interconnections between science and poetry.