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I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree

A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

The most ambitious poetry collection for children ever published

From Nosy Crow in collaboration with the National Trust

Waterstones Childrens Gift of the Year

"A breath-taking compendium of words and pictures that beg to be read and cherished."

— Waterstones

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The Way Through the Woods

They shut the road through the woods Seventy years ago. Weather and rain have undone it again, And now you would never know There was once a road through the woods Before they planted the trees. It is underneath the coppice and heath, And the thin anemones. Only the keeper sees That, where the ring-dove broods, And the badgers roll at ease, There was once a road through the woods. Yet, if you enter the woods Of a summer evening late, When the night air cools on the trout-ringed pools Where the otter whistles his mate, (They fear not men in the woods, Because they see so few.) You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet, And the swish of a skirt in the dew, Steadily cantering through The misty solitudes, As though they perfectly knew The old lost road through the woods . . . But there is no road through the woods.

Rudyard Kipling

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I Am The Seed Poetry Competition Entries

I Am The Seed Nature Poetry Competition: Winners Announced!

We're so excited to announce the winners of the I Am the Seed Nature Poetry Competition! I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon and collected by Fiona Waters, is a beautifully illustrated collection of 366 nature poems, one for every day of the year. To celebrate this epic poetry book, we invited budding poets aged 7-11 across the nation to write a poem inspired by the natural world.

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