Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to upwards
- Grade: p to
When David Booth chose nature to be the theme of this poetry anthology, he understood two things: nature has always been a source of inspiration to great artists, and children are excited by nature's curiosities. So much of what colors childhood is what children find outside -- climbing trees, picking flowers, watching a worm squiggle on the sidewalk. The 20 poems David Booth selected reflect this fascination with nature. The poetry is from poets who have lived all over the world. Robert Louis Stevenson brushes shoulders with Emily Bronte. Christina Rosetti meets Beatrix Potter. Mark Van Doren, Elizabeth Gould and William Blake wonder at tall branches, shining things and snow white lambs. The poetry urges children to smell summer and hold a conversation with a mouse. Enriching this world, Michele Lemieux's paintings create a visual landscape for children, rich with color and life.
About the authors
David Booth was Professor Emeritus at OISE–University of Toronto, where he trained teachers to use innovative ways to promote literacy among children for more than 30 years. A prolific author and popular international speaker, David delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. Although David passed away in 2018, his dedication to literacy, and his superb body of work in the field, form a lasting legacy in Canadian education.
David Booth is a university professor, author and anthologist of more than thirty books. His lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Other titles by David Booth
What Is a "Good" Teacher?
Questions and answers that meet the needs of real teachers in K-12 classrooms
Exploding the Reading
Building a world of responses from one small story; 50 interactive strategies for increasing comprehension
Creating stories through role playing, improvising and reading aloud
Reading Doesn't Matter Anymore…
Shattering the myths of literacy
Even Hockey Players Read
Boys, literacy, and learning
For building successful reading and writing
The Arts Go to School
Classroom-based activities that focus on music, painting, drama, movement, media, and more
I've Got Something to Say
How student voices inform our teaching