The California-based River of Words (ROW) has gained fame as an important nonprofit that trains teachers, park naturalists, grassroots groups, and others to incorporate observation-based nature exploration and the arts into young people’s lives. One of the group’s most important annual projects is to take the youth pulse from the United States and 22 other countries, by asking for writing on water and nature. This anthology collects the best of that writing, with accompanying artwork. Divided into nine geographical areas (California, Pacific Northwest, Inland West, Midwest, Southwest, Northwest, Mid Atlantic, South, and International), the book presents writers from ages six to 18. In poems such as “I Love My Dog,” “Seasons in Our Watershed,” “History of a Cornfield,” and “Swamp Shack,” River of Words exhibits diverse voices, as well as some bilingual poems. A remarkable confluence of K-12 curriculum, children’s literature, environmentalism, and poetry, this thoughtful book, in the words of Pulitzer Prizewinning poet Gary Snyder, gives us “pleasure and hope.”
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I think art is great for children which is why my favorite out of these two collections, is A river of Words: Young Poets and Artists. This whole collection was written and illustrated by children! I really found it incredible to see what how artistically expressive each child artist, 4 years old to 19 years old can be with different modes of art. To me everything is art. The way we see life is art. Now in this collection the kids teach us, how we overlook those nuances that even myself, who looks upon everything in my immediate environment as being art. These young artists are truly talented.
I honestly don't like poetry, but I do appreciate sweet, simple and understanding poems. These kids who wrote these poems are amazing, I mean I couldn't believe how kids as young as 5 years old could write a cool poem. Go kids!