Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year

Edited by Fiona Waters, illus. by Frann Preston-Gannon. Nosy Crow, $40 (336p) ISBN 978-1-5362-0247-2
In a wide-ranging volume, Waters presents 366 poems (by writers as varied as Christina Rossetti and Margaret Wise Brown) devoted to nature and the seasons. There’s a poem for every day of the year, beginning in January and ending in December. Two poems to be read in November are imbued with melancholy. Rachel Field writes: “Do skyscrapers ever grow tired/ Of holding themselves up high?/ Do they shiver on frosty nights/ With their tops against the sky?” Alongside it, a work by Eleanor Farjeon reads: “The night will never stay,/ The night will still go by,/ Though with a million stars/ You pin it to the sky.” Preston-Gannon offers a cohesive visual thread, with gentle mixed-media renderings of animals as well as urban and pastoral scenes. Readers are likely to discover greater nuances behind the accessible poems with each visit. All ages. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/20/2018
Release date: 10/09/2018
Genre: Children's
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