As a child I had a book like this, something I read before I went to sleep every night. I never missed a night for years. So when I saw this my heart leapt.
This is a book of poems marketed at children, but the selection is suitable for everyone and includes work by Shakespeare, Keats, Blake and Benjamin Zephaniah. I particularly like how the poetry matches with the seasons and days such as All Fools' Day, May Day, as well as Christmas and Easter, and historical anniversaries such as the Battle of Hastings, Rosa Parks and El Alamein.
The Book is divided into months with an illustration of an oak tree as it changes through the year with a leaf for each page number. Illustrations are by Zanna Goldhawk. The whole book is beautiful.
For children there poems that will show them the natural order of the year as well as great poets such as Wilfred Own and Siegfried Sassoon that will enhance the growing mind. many of my favourite poets are here. The selection is well thought out and anyone would love to have this on their bookshelf. Totally adore this highly respected book and will endeavour to read it every night.
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Published by MacMillan's Children's Books on 8 September 2016.
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