Earth Verse

Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up

About the Book

Who would have thought that
sev­en­teen syl­la­bles could
become earth science?

Earth Verse play­ful­ly encour­ages stu­dents and teach­ers to have fun by cre­ative­ly com­bin­ing sci­ence and lan­guage arts curricula.


“The com­bi­na­tion of Walker’s tiny jew­els of poet­ry and Grill’s over­size pic­tures will draw chil­dren into con­tem­plat­ing the nat­ur­al won­ders of the world.” (The Horn Book)

“A love­ly meld­ing of sci­ence and art, per­fect­ly posi­tioned for our age of STEAM.” (Book­list)

“The not­ed non­fic­tion writer turns from prose to poet­ry here in near­ly thir­ty haiku about the plan­et Earth … The vers­es could … pique the inter­est of young sci­en­tists.” (Bul­letin of the Cen­ter for Chil­dren’s Books)

“Poet­ry meets sci­ence in haiku on Earth’s geo­log­i­cal make­up and seis­mic activ­i­ty. Top­ics include fos­sils, earth­quakes, glac­i­ers, ground­wa­ter, min­er­als, vol­ca­noes, and more. (“Molten mag­ma stew/bubbles out of its hot pot,/chills into hard rock.”) … there are numer­ous uses for this book in class­rooms and pro­grams, invit­ing obser­va­tion, dis­cus­sion, and even cre­ative expres­sion from stu­dents … The book con­cludes with a nice­ly var­ied list of children’s titles for fur­ther read­ing … A qui­et but valu­able addi­tion to STEM-relat­ed poet­ry col­lec­tions, hand to teach­ers and curi­ous stu­dents.” (School Library Jour­nal)

Earth Verse

writ­ten by Sal­ly M. Walk­er
illus­trat­ed by William Grill
Can­dlewick Press, Feb 2018
hard­cov­er: 978–0763675127
48 pages, ages 7 and up

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