The Tree That Time Build: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination is one of my favorite poetry collections for young people. From the book:
“Both poets and scientists wonder at and about the world. Out of that wonder, scientists devise experiments to see whether they can verify what they think might be true, while poets craft language to examine and communicate their insights.”
I must admit that I am more of a poet than a scientist, so the poems in this collection are the perfect way for me to connect with science in a way that reinforces the idea that wonder doesn’t go away with explanation. The poems are organized thematically to cover our origins, dinosaurs, plants life, animals, insects, and genetics. The accompanying CD includes many of the poems being read by the poets. The book & CD would make a great gift for a family with an interest in nature. Perhaps pair it with a tree planted in their name or other gift from the Arbor Day Foundation store.
This book will be a family treasure and a classroom favorite.
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