I am the seed that grew the seed is a stunning book that we were recently sent to review. We love seasonal books and this one is perfect for dipping in and out of each season. I am the seed that grew the tree is part of the collaboration between Nosy Crow and The National Trust. This collection of books are perfect for outdoor/nature loving families like ours. I’d seen some stunning displays of this book in particular in various National Trust shops over the summer so I couldn’t wait to get our own copy.
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I am the seed that grew the tree is a collection of 366 poems (a nature poem for every day of the year) put together by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. The book is laid out with an index of poems for each month. The poems are numbered so you could read one each day of the year if you wanted. I love the beautiful seasonal illustrations that each page includes. They really set the scene of the changing seasons and the poems. I also love that the book contains a ribbon so you can save your page meaning you can keep picking this book up each day and starting where you left off. The poems are from a variety of poets including Ted Hughes, Ogden Nash, William Blake, William Shakespear, Robert Frost, Emily Bronte and Beatrix Potter. There are many anonymous poets included too.
This book has sat on our coffee table since it arrived. It’s perfect for picking up and reading one or two poems with my two girls. You could read one poem every night before bed or do as we have been doing and reading some when we have little pockets of time. You could read the poems in order or completely randomly. We started in October but have dipped into other months too. Many of the poems are chosen as they perfectly represent the season, there are other poems that span all the seasons.
The poems are a mixture of type. There are long poems and short poems, Poems that rhyme and poems that don’t. This book is the biggest book we own by a long way (a bit bigger than A4 size and a good 3-4cm thick). My eldest daughter is 5 and she loves leafing through the pages looking at the illustrations and choosing poems to read together. I’m sure we’ll continue to dip in and out of this book through the seasons for many years to come.
I am the seed that grew the tree is a stunning book for enjoying through the seasons with children. I love that it’s such a large book filled with beautiful seasonal illustrations and poems. The book is printed on high-quality paper and has a traditional cloth-bound spine making it a timeless classic that can be passed down through the family. I think this book would make a gorgeous present.
If you would like your own copy, it can be purchased from Amazon here.
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