The Earth is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems about Our Planet edited by Barbara Brenner and illustrated by S. D. Schindler is an older collection of poetry for children that is a wonderful choice to tie Earth Day and National Poetry Month.
The poetry comes from such diverse poets as David McCord, Shel Silverstein and Margaret Wise Brown.
The illustrations are lush and mostly gently old-fashioned, which suit the poetry well. Some have rich detail and others are slightly silly, as the poems warrant.
My recommendation is to grab the book, find a quiet spot out in nature and share the poems with some children. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day.
Age Range: 4 and up
Paperback: 81 pages
Publisher: Byron Preiss Publications (March 2000)
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