Famous Children Poem

Abbie Farwell Brown was an American author who lived from 1871-1927. While attending the Girls' Latin School, she created a school newspaper, The Jabberwock, which is still being published today. In the poem "Friends," Brown shares that even things in nature can be children's friends, giving them comfort whenever they fear.

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How good to lie a little while
And look up through the tree!
The Sky is like a kind big smile
Bent sweetly over me.

The Sunshine flickers through the lace
Of leaves above my head,
And kisses me upon the face
Like Mother, before bed.

The Wind comes stealing o'er the grass
To whisper pretty things;
And though I cannot see him pass,
I feel his careful wings.

So many gentle Friends are near
Whom one can scarcely see,
A child should never feel a fear,
Wherever he may be.

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Poem of the Day for: 11/05/2017

When you sit back and immerse yourself in nature, you begin to see the beauty and comfort all around. Children have a natural way of doing this, and they find many friends in natural elements. Abbie Farwell Brown shares about some of those natural friends through the eyes of a child.

Connect Over a Poem:

Share with your children your favorite “friend” of nature, and invite them to share theirs.

Fun Activity:

Invite your children to draw a picture that shows them spending time with their nature friend. If it’s Wind, they might be flying a kite. If it’s Leaves, they might be jumping in a pile of red and orange leaves. If it’s Water, they might be fishing on a lake.

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