For this celebration of our Earth, distinguished anthologist Wendy Cooling has chosen poems to make children look, think, and ask questions. Why are trees so important? How are motorways damaging our countryside? What can we do about rubbish?What can we do to protect our Earth for the future? Strong, colourful illustrations combine to make this a gift book with a difference.
About the Author
Wendy Cooling is a highly respected figure in the children's book world. A former teacher, she is the founder of the Bookstart programme and has edited story collections for Puffin, Orion and Collins, poetry anthologies for Franklin Watts and has retold traditional tales for Barefoot Books. Wendy lives in Hertfordshire.
About the Illustrator
Piet Groblergrew up on a farm in Limpopo, South Africa. After working as a church minister, he made a career in illustration and now lectures at the University of Worcester. He is the recipient of many international illustration awards, including the IBBY Honours List. His books for Frances Lincoln include The Great Tug of War and Aesop's Fables with Beverley Naidoo, and Fussy Freya with Katharine Quarmby. He lives with his wife and daughter in Great Malvern.
Poems that span the globe encouraging all readers to look at the good and the bad aspects of it make this a rich and original anthology. Twinning the themes of the wonders of the world and the horrors of how we despoil it means that the poems are both celebratory and angry. That leads to an interesting contradiction of styles and moods. Piet Grobler's vibrant illustrations bring the feel of different countries to life. -- Julia Eccleshare Love Reading - Book of the Month All together this is a great selection, great for casual or purposeful reading, great as a teaching resource, great as inspiration for further efforts. School Librarian It is a strong collection and Piet Grobler's watercolour illustrations beautifully complement the poems. Carousel 'An inspiring poetry collection which will encourage children to take interest in and relish the nature they see all around them and to consider the future of the earth.' Woman's Way
All the Wild Wonders 8 When the Sun Rises 10 The Sun 11 What is One? 12 For Forest 13 Throwing a Tree 14 Song of the Open Road 15 The Prayer of the Tree 16 Evening 17 Question 18 Grey and White and Black 19 Snagger's Pond 20 Night 22 Dreamer 23 Man, the Mad Magician 24 A Robin Red breast in a Cage 24 If I was a Bird 25 The Eagle 26 I Watched an Eagle Soar 27 Wind 28 Something Comes 29 Wind Farm Haikus 30 The Old Windmill 31 An Alphabet for the Planet 32 Tell me, Tiger 34 Captivating Creature 35 Captive Creature 35 Spring Fjord 36 No Answer 37 Leave the Whales Alone, Please! 38 From Paradise Lost 39 If You Ever 39 "We are Going to See the Rabbit..." 40 Who am I? 42 Natural Anthem 43 About the Poets 44