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I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree – A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree – A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

Author Fiona Waters
Illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon
Series Poetry Collections

2+, 2-5



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I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem For Every Day Of The Year, named after the first line of Judith Nicholls’ poem ‘Windsong’, is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems – one for every day of the year, including leap years. Filled with familiar favourites and new discoveries, written by a wide variety of poets, including John Agard, William Blake, Emily Brontë, Charles Causley, Walter de la Mare, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Roger McGough, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, John Updike, William Wordsworth and many more, this is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning or the end of the day, or just to dip into.


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What the Critics Said

“For those keen to introduce their children to poetry, I am the Seed that Grew the Tree is a classic in the making, a book the whole family will cherish for years to come.”

 The Independent

“A huge year-round compendium of nature poetry chosen by Fiona Waters, with colourful images by Fran Preston-Gannon beckoning the reader like seed on a bird table.”

 The Guardian

“A spectacular volume, every page colourful with Frann Preston-Gannon’s gracefully summarised plants and animals.”

– Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

“A sumptuous anthology of nature poems for every day of the year.”

– Emily Bearn, The Daily Telegraph

“A day-by-day compilation as effervescent as it is substantial.”

 The Wall Street Journal (US)

“A huge, luxurious beautifully illustrated book of nature poetry.”

– Imogen Russell Williams, Metro

“This is an absolutely beautiful (if rather heavy!) book… I’m sure it will help to create very many young poetry and nature enthusiasts.”

– Julia Donaldson, BookTrust

“A breath-taking compendium of words and pictures that beg to be read and cherished, this a book that will be at the top of many of our own bookseller’s Christmas lists.”

– Waterstones

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“‘A real Hymn to nature.’ says Nosy Crow of this outstanding poetry anthology and I wholeheartedly agree. Stylish and distinctive but with real child appeal. A book to share, educate, entertain and to treasure.”

– Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

“Paired throughout with Preston-Gannon’s evocative, vibrantly textured digital illustrations, Waters’ superbly curated poems offer something for everyone: majestic and inspiring as nature itself.”

– Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)

“One of the best children’s poetry collections I’ve come across in recent years.”

– Sarah Webb, The Irish Independent

“A very special book, with a nature themed poem per day – one to hand down through the generations.”

– Red Magazine

“Unbelievably ambitious, utterly enthralling and lavishly produced I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree is overflowing with nature poems and glorious full colour illustrations… A true delight!”

– Picture Book Blogger

“It’s a hugely rich resource, not just in terms of the range of poems and poets but also the cross-curricular opportunities offered as it wends its steady, beautiful way through the seasons.”

– Reading Zone

“This bumper anthology of nature poems from the National Trust – one for each day of the year – is the bee’s knees.”

– Nancy Groves, The Huffington Post

“While easy-to-read cheap paperbacks make poetry accessible to all, there is definitely also a place for the more durable ‘special’ book to be kept as a family treasure and to pass on to the next generation. This is one of those.”

 Poetry Zone

“A delightful journey…. a stylish, distinctive feel but maintaining real child appeal.”

Countryside Magazine

“A beautifully illustrated tome of a book with a mixture of old favourites and less known verses. A classic.”

Angels and Urchins

“Why not start each day with a poem about nature! A unique collection for nature lovers everywhere! A beautiful book to be treasured.”

Creative Play

“Stylish and distinctive but with real child appeal. One of the most beautiful gift books of the year.”

The Bookseller Buyer’s Guide

“The most beautiful poetry anthology… a collection like this is an investment which will last a lifetime.”

 Alligator’s Mouth

“Such a lovely book – a collection that families will treasure.”

– Emma Lee-Potter (Twitter)

“This is a satisfyingly hefty book to hold, and the poems are framed by gorgeously immersive and colourful illustrations that evoke the four seasons.”

– BBC Wildlife Magazine

“If there’s one book you buy this autumn, make it this glorious piece of publishing.”

– Absolutely Education

“A stunning, giant-sized book brimming with wonderful verse that celebrates a year in the life of the natural world.”

– The Blackpool Gazette

“I am besotted with I am the Seed. It’s the kind of book every household should own.”

– Florentyna Martin, Waterstones

“A magical book for children and adults to enjoy together.”

– Sarah Crossan

“It’s the best anthology of its kind I’ve seen for a long time.”

– Margaret Wallace-Jones, Alligator’s Mouth

“Great for all ages, it’s a treasure trove of familiar favourites and less well-known poems.”

– The Week Junior

‘This is a book to pour over. To enjoy. To share.’

– Book Murmation

“Utterly enthralling.”

– Red Reading Hub

“Take our word for it, I am the Seed that Grew the Tree is one of the most stunning books of the year.”

– The Good Schools Guide

“Likely to become a primary classroom essential.”

– Books For Topics

“Gentle mixed-media renderings of animals, as well as urban and pastoral scenes.”

– Publishers Weekly (US)

“This has to be one of the most beautiful books I have seen.”

– Parents in Touch (Blog)

“This illustrated selection of poetry scores a BIM star rating of five.”

– Books in the Media

‘In Frann Preston-Gannon’s cheerful mixed-media artwork, birds and animals with large, dark eyes hop, flit and fly through a world untroubled by humanity.’

– The Wall Street Journal

“…a treasurable (hefty) picture book collection of nature poems to read, remember, recite and carry into adulthood.”

– Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)

“It’s hard not to fall in love with this book.”

– Childcare Expo

‘The cloth cover, bold full-colour illustrations, and the physical weight alone ensures its status as a treasure trove and long-lasting gift, and appeals to the adult purchaser with a collection of poems they will recognise with nostalgia.’

– The Independent

‘“Sing a Song of Seasons” will supply enough poetry to last a year.’

– The Wall Street Journal (US)

‘A brilliant enhancement of the bedtime story routine every night.’

– The Irish Times

‘A collection of poems that evoke the atmospheres, memories and pastimes we cherish as the months pass.’

– Kirkus (US)

‘This is a gorgeous book that will adorn its recipient’s bookshelves – and probably those of their children – for years to come.’

– Fran Yeoman, i, 10 Best Gifts for Two-year-old Boys and Girls

“The perfect introduction to poems from the likes of Emily Bronte, Carol Ann Duffy, Benjamin Zephaniah, DH Lawrence, Emily Dickinson and more.”

– Culture Whisper

I Am The Seed that Grew The Tree is one of the most beautiful children’s books of 2018… It’s a book children will return to again and again.”

– Charlotte Heathcote, The Daily Express

“A beautifully illustrated book to enjoy through the seasons with kids.”

The Ladybird’s Adventures (blog)

” I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree is a truly beautiful book, an ambitious
project perfectly realised… . This deserves to become a classic, and should do what its creators intend and inspire a lifelong love of poetry in readers.”

– Andrea Reece, Books for Keeps

“The lavishly illustrated new collection offers up a nature poem for every day of the year.”

– National Geographic Traveller

“A glorious book, evocatively illustrated by Frann Preston Gannon.”

– Ham&High

“This new collection is undoubtedly a modern childhood keepsake.”

– Simon Lamb, John O’Groat Journal

“If it’s poetry you’re after, I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree has a nature poem for each day, chosen by Fiona Waters, with bold, cheerful illustrations by Frann Preston-Gannon.”

– The Spectator

“Poetry is having something of a boom, particularly anthologies like… I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree (Nosy Crow), gloriously illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon.”

– Fiona Noble, The Observer

“When it comes to poem-a-day books, they don’t get much more luscious than this.”

– School Library Journal (US)

“Frann Preston-Gannon’s big, bold and colorful mixed-media illustrations are what truly give this collection its wow factor…. makes a great read-aloud as well as an enticing treasury for older children.”

– Book Page (US)

I am The Seed That Grew The Tree is the perfect antidote to screen time in our high-tech world.”

– Kids of the Wild (blog)

“Read one a day, dip in and out, read them aloud or curl up and savour them alone. Then look up, go out and explore the wonders of nature together.”

– Get Kids Into Books (blog)

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US English, German, French, Chinese (simplified), Dutch

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