National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More than 200 Poems With Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom! by J. Patrick Lewis is a wonderful collection of poems and corresponding photographs that will engage younger readers. The collection includes poems from the greats like Langston Hughes, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, and many others, but there also are less known poets included. Paired with photos of scenes, geological formations, close-ups of insects and animals, and the moon, these poems take on a new life. The collection also includes some fantastic Haiku, which are short poems that younger readers can follow along with easily.
The collection also includes some visual poems, like “Two Falling Flakes” by Douglas Florian, and prose poems that read more like stories. Youngest readers will enjoy listening to their parents read the poems as they look at the full-color, glorious pictures of nature. Parents can use this book as a jumping off point to explore nature with their children, to take photos together and compare perspectives, and to take up the pen and paint word pictures.
National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More than 200 Poems With Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom! by J. Patrick Lewis will delight readers of all ages with the stunning photographs and poems, encouraging readers to investigate the natural world around them, to take trips outside their urban areas, and to learn more about the natural world. Poems often provide unique perspectives on emotion and human interaction, but like Haiku poems, words can offer surprising realizations about the connections we don’t immediately see between ourselves and nature.
About the Editor:
J. Patrick Lewis is an American poet and prose writer noted for his children’s poems and other light verse. He worked as professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998. Visit his website.