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When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thrunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with cont When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thrunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with contemporary (such as Billy Collins), classics (such as Robert Frost), and never-before-published works.


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When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thrunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with cont When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thrunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with contemporary (such as Billy Collins), classics (such as Robert Frost), and never-before-published works.

30 review for National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More than 200 Poems With Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Wow. Definitely worth owning a copy - buy it for your aunt, your niece, her science teacher, her English teacher, and all your friends, whether they're hikers, or artists, 'Green,' or philosophical. A few favorites that I already know are included, but there are also lots of poems that I didn't know by familiar poets, and lots of poets I want to read more by, too. The images are, of course, mostly stunning, including some that alert me to parks etc. to add to my 'bucket list.' And the poems are w Wow. Definitely worth owning a copy - buy it for your aunt, your niece, her science teacher, her English teacher, and all your friends, whether they're hikers, or artists, 'Green,' or philosophical. A few favorites that I already know are included, but there are also lots of poems that I didn't know by familiar poets, and lots of poets I want to read more by, too. The images are, of course, mostly stunning, including some that alert me to parks etc. to add to my 'bucket list.' And the poems are what I pedantically consider 'real' poetry. They're not simple verses; some are challenging. In fact, there's a poem by Jack Prelutsky, who I usually mock, that I consider one of the most interesting in its own way. "The Ways of Living Things" is too long to quote, but it reads almost like a Psalm, like "All things great and small...." The book is not perfect. For example, two 'mysteries,' the pink color of Lake Hillier and the Sliding Stones of Death Valley, have been sufficiently solved to make the poems obsolete. And there's no direct bibliography to make it easy to find a book that has a particular poem. And there's a fairly tight focus on the US, maybe about 2/3 US, 1/3 the rest of globe.... If I were to teach this book, I would have students seek out more poems and images from the rest of the world. A 'resources' page lists other books to add to my to-read list. Added to places I want to see: Watkins Glen SP, NY, and the southern Mississippi R. where it's so wide you can't see the other side. From "Lessons in September" by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer: Someday, I hope to stay who I am in the woods when out of them- Aware Grateful Awed From "Bouquets" by Robert Francis: One flower at a time. I want to hear what it is saying. Too long to quote is "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry and "The Blue Between" by Kristine O'Connell George

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    A wide range of thoughtful poetry. Brilliant photography. Nature themes. I may need to get my own copy of this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    Another fabulous collection. The photos threaten to overwhelm the poetry at times, but based on my experience with the National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, it's the pictures that draw kids in and they definitely stay for the poems!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    If this collection of nature poetry were a buffet nearly every bite would be delectable. The poems are so evocative there is no need for the photographs, stunning though they are. I kept thinking, "Oh, this one. I must collect this one", meaning the poems. I kept wondering, "How on earth could anyone be conversant enough with poems and poets to be able to collect all these into one work?" Perhaps only J. Patrick Lewis, one time U.S. Children's Poet Laureate, could have done so. (I actually got t If this collection of nature poetry were a buffet nearly every bite would be delectable. The poems are so evocative there is no need for the photographs, stunning though they are. I kept thinking, "Oh, this one. I must collect this one", meaning the poems. I kept wondering, "How on earth could anyone be conversant enough with poems and poets to be able to collect all these into one work?" Perhaps only J. Patrick Lewis, one time U.S. Children's Poet Laureate, could have done so. (I actually got to hear him speak once and have been a tremendous fan ever since). The poems are presented in ten categories, which works very well. Again, if it were a banquet these categories would serve as courses. There is a small icon representing the theme of the section in the top right corner of each page. These are helpful when flipping through the book to find a particular poem to share or re-read. I found the "In Splendor" section particularly fascinating. Through poetry and photographs I was introduced to many natural wonders that here-to-fore I knew nothing about. This prompted much googling on my part to learn more about them. Lastly, there are indexes by title, by poet, by first line, and by subject. Because of the quality of the paper, which is heavy due to the size and the nature of color photographs, the sewn binding may not hold up to excessive library use. Which is to say that it might be in your best interest to purchase your own copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Jones

    This is a big book, with a lot of photos and a lot of poems. It's an uneven collection, however. I got this because I was looking for ocean-themed poems, and there are some in here, but what I didn't realize was that this is a collection made specifically for children. (I know. "Float, Zoom, Bloom!" should have clued me in. But I missed it.) There are some wonderful poems with all-ages appeal, some wonderful classics (Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson make several appearances, because of course), This is a big book, with a lot of photos and a lot of poems. It's an uneven collection, however. I got this because I was looking for ocean-themed poems, and there are some in here, but what I didn't realize was that this is a collection made specifically for children. (I know. "Float, Zoom, Bloom!" should have clued me in. But I missed it.) There are some wonderful poems with all-ages appeal, some wonderful classics (Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson make several appearances, because of course), but a lot of these poems were written by children's authors, apparently for this collection. Many of these are descriptive poems, describing a particular place in the world (eg: Niagara Falls) or a particular phenomenon (eg: a hurricane). These are great poems for a classroom setting to teach children about poetry or open their minds to writing some simple poetry. But many of these poems offer nothing beyond their pretty descriptions of things and places, so they don't have all-ages appeal. There are some lovely poems in here however. For example: When It Is Snowing, by Siv Cedering When it is snowing the blue jay is the only piece of sky in my backyard I So Liked Spring, by Charlotte Mary Mew I so liked Spring last year Because you were here;- The thrushes too- Because it was these you so liked to hear- I so liked you. This year's a different thing,- I'll not think of you. But I'll like the Spring because it is simply spring As the thrushes do. But the majority of the poems are just descriptive, they will appeal to children (especially children who may have been to the place described - my kids and I have walked Watkins Glen and this is a wonderful description), but they don't offer any deeper meaning, such as: Thank You Note to the Gorge, by Patricia Hubbell At Watkins Glen State Park, New York, U.S.A. Gorge, You are like a Chinese brush painting, all lichened rocks and crags, jutting precipices, scraggly pines. As tourists passed, I stood and stared at a waterfall that tumbled down your rocks in a spray of joy. Halfway up your narrow stone path I was out of breath. I stopped to watch waters of yet another fall slide over you – a transparent skin that crashed in foamy froth. Your cold air, deep shadows, endless stone steps, all shrouded in a strange green daytime light made a mystery around me, and I felt as though I were in some far and ancient land. Thank you, gorge, for the wonder of my trip. This collection makes an effort to be international. The majority of the poets are American, but not all of them. Many of the photos are of places around the globe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    1. This collection of poems highlights the natural world and all its beauty. This book captures a variety of different poets, from classics such a Robert Frost to never before published poets. Escape the real world, and go where your imagination (and the stunning pictures) take you. 3. This book shows many different elements of nature and poetry. From short simple poems, to longer more detailed poems, this book has it all. Not only that it also captures many of the worlds beauties, with fabulous 1. This collection of poems highlights the natural world and all its beauty. This book captures a variety of different poets, from classics such a Robert Frost to never before published poets. Escape the real world, and go where your imagination (and the stunning pictures) take you. 3. This book shows many different elements of nature and poetry. From short simple poems, to longer more detailed poems, this book has it all. Not only that it also captures many of the worlds beauties, with fabulous pictures. Share your love for both poetry and nature by reading this collection of poems. 3. I would pair this collection of poems with the book "Fun with Nature: Take Along Guide" by Mel Boring. I would use this book to show students that nature is all around us, we just have to go outside and find it. They will see all these beautiful places in the poetry book, and then be able to use those pictures to go out and explore their own world. 4. "This is my rock, And here I run to steal the secret of the sun;" I would use this line of the poem to show students how rhyming in a poem works. Since there are many types of poems in this collection, I would be able to compare many different poems and show students that not all poems are the same. This line in particular would help show students a specific rhyming pattern, that they can incorporate in their writing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    Beautiful book of National Geographic-quality pictures that correspond to the subjects of the nearly 200+ poems. A sample poem: When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer Walt Whitman - 1819-1892 When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Beautiful book of National Geographic-quality pictures that correspond to the subjects of the nearly 200+ poems. A sample poem: When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer Walt Whitman - 1819-1892 When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars. Poems are written in shapes (the hurricane, or the pipe fish, falling flakes), or simply flow, like volcanoes. Great coffee table book (about 1' x 1') There are sections like Sky, Sea, Land, Shade, Distress, etc. Writing colors chosen to still be read if written over/near a picture. Excellent indexes: -resources -poet index (really great list of names) -first line index -subject index

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna Gallant

    This is a fantastically beautiful over-sized book of nature poetry for everyone to enjoy! Truly the age level of interest ranges from babies to the elderly. Gorgeous photographs are paired with more than 200 favorite poems that illuminate our Earth in all its splendor, in this copyright 2015 book of nature poetry & photography. Included in the 200 are classic and contemporary poets, as well as never-before-published poems. The Fountas & Pinnell reading level is R-Z. Characteristic of genre: The This is a fantastically beautiful over-sized book of nature poetry for everyone to enjoy! Truly the age level of interest ranges from babies to the elderly. Gorgeous photographs are paired with more than 200 favorite poems that illuminate our Earth in all its splendor, in this copyright 2015 book of nature poetry & photography. Included in the 200 are classic and contemporary poets, as well as never-before-published poems. The Fountas & Pinnell reading level is R-Z. Characteristic of genre: The purpose of this anthology of nature poems is to not only be in awe of our planet, but see the splendor and connections within natural categories such as, "The Wonder of Nature," "In the Sky," "In the Sea," "On the Move," "Across the Land," "In Splendor," etc. Characteristic of genre: Poetry is about the saying a lot in a few words. In this book, the incredible images of our planet coupled with the poems speaks volumes too. Intended audience: Young children will delight in the photos if the poems are not yet accessible, but it is a book to be enjoyed by middle grade readers to adults. ALSC 2016 Notable Children's Book Surprisingly, no published reviews known

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    So weird meeting some of my favorite poems here, in the middle of this loud party of glamor shots: stunning vistas, cactus spikes, dewdrops, praying mantis arms, and so so many colors all at once. I couldn't hear a thing. And I wanted to. Especially Peggy Gifford's "The Thing is the Thing Is Green" and Arnold Adoff's "here is a poem of love and hope" -- two ones new to me. What would happen if we stopped illustrating poems?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikky Cassidy

    4 1/2 The pictures are beautiful and the poems are too! Not every poem is great but most of them are very good! Combined they have the power to make me love and long for nature. Definitely one for my library! It’s also teaching as children learn ALL about nature through the poems as the describe it in so many ways.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

    Beautiful pictures! I love their selection of poetry as well. As far as a book of poetry goes, this is pretty fantastic! It is a great coffee table type book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    Great variety of different, colorful poems about different aspects of nature. Seasons, plants, planets, and much more. The illustrations that go with each poem really make it pop. Very fun read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Belinda Jonak

    Very nice pairing of images & words. Vicarious journeys through our wonder full world. Very nice pairing of images & words. Vicarious journeys through our wonder full world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    What could be better? National Geographic photos of nature paired with poems by beloved poets, past and present. .

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This has been a great poetry book to read with my daughter (8 years old).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darin

    Great photographs accompany each poem - beautiful book that helps me better appreciate nature.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Brown

    Absolutely stunning book. Beautiful photography, and a lovely selection of poems.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark Nuetzel

    Amazing book of poetry with fabulous photos. Appropriate for kids and adults alike.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    Beautiful photographs throughout but the poetry was not great. I would say I enjoyed about 20% of the pieces selected.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rylie Lees

    Never has poetry been fun for me to read. This book made it amazingly fun to read different nature related poems and see gorgeous National Geographic pictures!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Krombach

    This book is an anthology of a variety of poems about nature. It is split into sections named The Wonder of Nature, In the Sky, In the Sea, On the Move, Across the Land, In Shade, In Distress, In Season, In Splendor, and Last Thoughts. I am choosing to talk about a poem from the In Season section named, “Sounds of Winter” by Anonymous. This poem talks about the sounds that one might hear in the midst of winter. It uses a bunch of onomatopoeias that describe the eerie sounds of the season like th This book is an anthology of a variety of poems about nature. It is split into sections named The Wonder of Nature, In the Sky, In the Sea, On the Move, Across the Land, In Shade, In Distress, In Season, In Splendor, and Last Thoughts. I am choosing to talk about a poem from the In Season section named, “Sounds of Winter” by Anonymous. This poem talks about the sounds that one might hear in the midst of winter. It uses a bunch of onomatopoeias that describe the eerie sounds of the season like the muffled snores of dinosaurs and the roaring of the wind. The style of this poem is interesting because it uses familiar, child-like sounds to describe the sounds of the winter. Also, the way that it rhymes is unique because every 3 lines rhyme together (whereas usually it is only 2 lines that rhyme). It makes the poem seem more fluent and gives natural rhythm. I can use this in my classroom in science. I can teach the students about the different seasons and this can be one of the pieces of literature for winter. The book also has every other season and many poems for each. This would be a great book to incorporate into the classroom when it comes to the science curriculum. The book also has animals, natural disasters, and the different types of ecosystems. I think overall this would be a useful book to have in the classroom.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Bernard

    Nature is full of color and filled with so many wonderful creatures. The land, sea and sky are an important part of nature as well. Poetry put with astonishing images is why this book feels alive. Readers of all ages will feel the warmth and emotion throughout these pages. Poets like William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Avis Harley, John Keats, Alice Schertle and so many more have contributed. Their words are focused on stellar photography from The National Geographic Society. One example is a ph Nature is full of color and filled with so many wonderful creatures. The land, sea and sky are an important part of nature as well. Poetry put with astonishing images is why this book feels alive. Readers of all ages will feel the warmth and emotion throughout these pages. Poets like William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Avis Harley, John Keats, Alice Schertle and so many more have contributed. Their words are focused on stellar photography from The National Geographic Society. One example is a photo of clown fish with their orange and white bodies found dancing against a blue-green background. The words read, “The Clown fish is not an enemy of anemone; in fact, it is an anemone’s made, for which anemone stings its enemies. And that’s how friends are made,” by David Elliott. These pages have titled sections showing nature, the sky, across land, in the sea, in the shade and so much more. Spectacular images will have every reader opening this book and sharing it many times over.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    More than 200 nature-related poems and colorful photographs fill the pages of this oversize volume. The poems have been selected by J. Patrick Lewis, and represent ruminations on nature written by familiar poets as well as lines from novices. The poems have been divided into ten different sections, including "In the Sky," "On the Move," "In Distress," and "In Splendor." Readers who enjoyed National Geographic's Book of Animal Poetry are sure to love this volume equally since the design of both b More than 200 nature-related poems and colorful photographs fill the pages of this oversize volume. The poems have been selected by J. Patrick Lewis, and represent ruminations on nature written by familiar poets as well as lines from novices. The poems have been divided into ten different sections, including "In the Sky," "On the Move," "In Distress," and "In Splendor." Readers who enjoyed National Geographic's Book of Animal Poetry are sure to love this volume equally since the design of both books is the same, and the enthusiasm for poetry abounds on every page. Favorites include "Welcome to the Night" by Joyce Sidman, "The Boa" by Douglas Florian, and "Tideline" by Kate Coombs. There is much to ponder, much to celebrate, much to admire, and possibly even much to miss here. Teachers will certainly want to add those marvelously meditative poetry collection to their classroom library.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    In his forward, J. Patrick Lewis speculates how some of our famous poets of the past might have written about the wonders of nature shown in the fabulous photographs included in this book. He shares that they rarely saw these phenomena, didn’t even know they existed. He urges everyone to get outside to explore, don’t miss what might not be there tomorrow. As Thoreau says: “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” Some former poets’ poems have been selected to pair with a phot In his forward, J. Patrick Lewis speculates how some of our famous poets of the past might have written about the wonders of nature shown in the fabulous photographs included in this book. He shares that they rarely saw these phenomena, didn’t even know they existed. He urges everyone to get outside to explore, don’t miss what might not be there tomorrow. As Thoreau says: “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” Some former poets’ poems have been selected to pair with a photo, but others writing today, some familiar Poetry Friday poets, have also written poems that are included. If you need a wonderful anthology that will fit nearly every science and nature topic that is being studied, you need this book. And if you love nature, or want to love it and learn about it even more, you need this book. It’s wonder-filled!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kid Lit Reviews

    National Poetry Month would not be the same without a book of poems by J. Patrick Lewis, former U. S. Children’s Poet Laureate, but since that is the next review, today will feature a large volume of nature poetry compiled and edited by the esteemed Mr. Lewis. National Geographic Kids brings a new edition of their nature poetry, which began with Nat. Geo. Book of Animal Poetry. Divided into ten chapters and 200 poems, Book of Nature Poetry has a poem for everyone. The book begins with Peggy Giffo National Poetry Month would not be the same without a book of poems by J. Patrick Lewis, former U. S. Children’s Poet Laureate, but since that is the next review, today will feature a large volume of nature poetry compiled and edited by the esteemed Mr. Lewis. National Geographic Kids brings a new edition of their nature poetry, which began with Nat. Geo. Book of Animal Poetry. Divided into ten chapters and 200 poems, Book of Nature Poetry has a poem for everyone. The book begins with Peggy Gifford’s The Thing Is the Thing Is Green. To Read the Full Review and View Interior Spreads, Go To: http://bit.ly/NatGeoBookNaturePoetry

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I am on my second complete reading of the book. So many of the poems I read two and three times each time I come across them. J. Patrick Lewis has chosen such a wonderful group of poems and authors. The pictures are spectacular as only NG can do; the poems are even more stellar. This is a wonderful read-a-loud or read-it-silently book for readers of all ages. Classification of poems according to type make this the perfect textbook for reading and writing poetry. I love reacquainting with my old I am on my second complete reading of the book. So many of the poems I read two and three times each time I come across them. J. Patrick Lewis has chosen such a wonderful group of poems and authors. The pictures are spectacular as only NG can do; the poems are even more stellar. This is a wonderful read-a-loud or read-it-silently book for readers of all ages. Classification of poems according to type make this the perfect textbook for reading and writing poetry. I love reacquainting with my old poet friends and making new poet friends all in one book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jason Linden

    This is, possibly, the best poetry book for children I have ever encountered. It does an wonderful job of presenting poems that are accessible to children without talking down to them. In fact, it contains numerous poems that you'll find in AP literature textbooks (I know, I'm an AP lit teacher) and a number of surprising and delightful selections that can be understood on multiple levels. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    Any child that has any interest in poetry and appreciates the beauty of nature needs this book! It book has both breathtaking photos and the poems are just stunning! I don't think that I can truly capture the absolute beauty that is in this book! The photos...seriously...I can get lost inside them and the poems that accompany them take you even further into the beauty and splendor of nature! 5 stars!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Veatch

    I don't think I've ever read an entire book of poetry before. I tackled this one for my 2016 reading challenge. I still don't think that poetry is my thing, but I did enjoy reading this book. Several of the poems really spoke to me. Most of all I loved the photographs in this book. I love almost anything that National Geographic puts out because of the gorgeous pictures, and this book did not disappoint. I will be sure to point out this book to my students this week.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alvera

    The most gorgeous poetry anthology I have ever discovered! A feast for the eyes paired with poems, many of which had satisfying rhythms as well as vivid imagery. I loved finding some by respected greats like Whitman, Frost, and Dickenson and a good variety of thought-provoking, descriptive, and just fun. I certainly didn't love every single poem, but enjoyed most as well as the careful thought put into organization. A great choice to read with the kids for Poetry Month!

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