The Tree that Time Built

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The Tree That Time Built a NCTE 2009 Notable Poetry Book!

The National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)Excellence in Poetry Committee recently named Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston’s anthology, The Tree That Time Built: a Celebration ofNature, Science and Imagination (9781402225178; $19.99; hardcover with audio CD; juvenile poetry), one of the best poetry books published in 2009, and an excellent resource for the classroom. 


The Tree That Time Built is a masterful integration of science andpoetry that gives readers a thoughtful perspective on life on our planet… Thisanthology would make an exceptional classroom resource for connecting scienceand poetry across the curriculum”

Each year, the committee (made up of children’s literaturespecialists from throughout the  United States) selects books that theybelieve will best engage elementary and middle school students because of theirimaginative, poetic, and playful language. 

The Tree that Time Built also received a 2010 Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award, given every year to American poets or anthologists with the most outstanding new poetry books for children, and has been recognized as a 2009 Family Choice Award winner and a2009 PW Cuffies Favorite Poetry Book .

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More Praise and Honors for The Tree That Time Built

Washington PostBest Kid’s Books of the Year!  “Morethan 100 poems celebrate the quirks and glories of the natural world. Includesa CD of poets reading.”

NPR Morning Edition’sTop Picks From Indie Booksellers! — “This beautifully rendered bookincludes a CD with 44 poems, some read by the poets themselves. Older childrenand adults will understand how the poems in this volume relate to evolution;‘children of all ages’ will delight in listening to the poems being recited.”

When I read a poetrybook that dazzles me, I have to share it with you right away. The Tree That Time Built is an excellent example ofpoetry meeting science and logic meeting language. This 200-page book may become your reading and language arts teachers'favorite tool for teaching figurative language, poetry, scientific observation, and thinking skills.” —Diane Chen, School Library Journal blog,“Practically Paradise”

The poems encompass nature's multitudinous qualities, fromharsher realities… to its ability to inspire at its most microscopic.” —Publishers Weekly

A lovely selectionof poems celebrating ‘the family tree of all life on earth,’ selected by U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston and includes anaudio CD of poets reading their work.” —BuffaloNews

A fantasticanthology of poems, big and small, about the wonders and beauty of nature.Some are funny, some whimsical, and all are charming beyond belief... highly suggest this to anyone with a loveof nature, poetry, or fond memories of being a child.” —

An amazing and beautiful poetry anthology supporting both science andlanguage arts curriculum standards, as well as opportunities for critical thinking…one of those books that teaches without effort and flows from knowledge to arteasily… a must for all (elementary &secondary) language arts and science classrooms and libraries.”—

“An amazing collection of poems that range from the birth ofthe universe to the age of dinosaurs and was published to inspire readers tothink like a tree, and marvel at the miracle of life… Not only will this bookdelight poetry lovers, but it will also delight nature lovers… For those who have wished they couldcombine their love of poetry and nature, this rich collection will notdisappoint.” —

“Read from cover to cover, ending with Mary Ann Hoberman'sThe Tree That Time Built, this anthology as a whole is something of a powerful call to arms… This is ascrumptious offering that makes a feastfor teachers, scientists, poetry lovers, and kids of all ages. Highlyrecommended.” —

“This poetry collection helps children think more closelyabout our natural world, what we see today and the world that was here longbefore we were… I was particularly impressed by the range of poems in this collection, and how they will appeal tochildren of a wide age range… The footnotes are a particularly helpfulfeature in this book, providing a greatlaunch into conversations with children about science and poetry.”—


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