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A Year of Nature Poems4/5

A Year of Nature Poems

Joseph Coelho

Review

Lavishly illustrated, this takes the reader through the months of the year, with one poem for each month. Original themes such as murmurations of starlings, amphibians in danger and the mayfly are presented with a brief informative note to the reader, helping to set the context.

Coelhos's lyrical phrases are a thing of beauty: 'soft pond jewels are forming/ in sunlit forest eyes/ and garden pools' and complemented by Judd's illustrations.

In full colour on every page, these are painterly and gentle, whispering of the wonders of nature. Almost all the poems make suggestions on how the writer interacts with nature, yet the conservation message is refreshingly left unpreached, allowing the reader to reflect and draw their own conclusion.

32 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Lucy Russell, teacher.

Reviewed by: Lucy Russell


A Year of Nature Poems3/5

A Year of Nature Poems

Joseph Coelho

Review

This is a beautiful collection of nature poems, paired with exquisite illustrations. Each poem in the book corresponds to a new month with a new theme. Each poem or month focuses on an aspect of nature from flowers, insects, sea creatures and seasons. Every poem has an introduction either about the poem or the month or even an issue such as building and destroying habitats. I personally liked this as an introduction to the poem but also as a thinking piece for the reader. There is a small range of poems in both layout and length giving the reader a varied choice.

I think this book could be enjoyed by all ages but would be more suited to older children and even adults. The illustrations and layout of each poem has been beautifully put together with images that make the pages come to life. As each page continues the seasons change, as do the animals and the colours which could be used as a really lovely talking point with children or a class or even using the art work to create their own.

28 Pages/ Ages 7+/ Reviewed by Lauren Maidman, teacher

Reviewed by: Lauren Maidman