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Child’s Song In Spring

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Read this poem out loud and then look at the way the poet describes the 11 trees in the poem. You may want to look up images of the trees or go and find some of them outdoors. Use your images and observations to help you think about why Edith Nesbit describes them in this way.

Read the poem again, or listen to it being read. For each tree mentioned, strike a pose that helps bring the description to life e.g. how could you stand to show a dainty birch tree, or a sturdy oak tree? What shape will you make? What movements?

These poses could help you to create a performance of the poem for other people. You could make your poses part of your performance. Or you could think about how to capture the shape and movement of each tree in the way you say the lines. Or you could recall the poses in your head to help you remember the poem.

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The silver birch is a dainty lady,
She wears a satin gown;
The elm tree makes the old churchyard shady,
She will not live in town.

The English oak is a sturdy fellow,
He gets his green coat late;
The willow is smart in a suit of yellow,
While brown the beech trees wait.

Such a gay green gown God gives the larches –
As green as He is good!
The hazels hold up their arms for arches,
When Spring rides through the wood.

The chestnut’s proud and the lilac’s pretty,
The poplar’s gentle and tall,
But the plane tree’s kind to the poor dull city –
I love him best of all!

Child’s Song In Spring

by Edith Nesbit