The Winding Road

Family treasury of poems and verses

compiled by Matthew Barton



What pleasure awaits those who not only dip into this book at random, but who also search for the particular poem or verse which has personal meaning. What a gift for the family—and how wonderful to think of a new book growing with the family and being passed on, thoroughly finger-smudged, tear-stained and page turned.

—Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy

Matthew Barton has gifted us with the most sensitively gathered collection of verse available in print. With poems for children from toddlers to teenagers, The Winding Road has beautiful verse for all interests, ages, and situations. You simply can’t do better than to have a copy of this book at hand, ready for you to dip into when looking for “just the right poem” to share with your child — I promise you, you’ll find it.

Over 200 poems, from Gaelic Blessings to Navajo prayers, from William Black to Eleanor Farjeon and Billy Collins, on the following themes:

  • The Clay that Shapes: Before Birth
  • A Shock of Light: Birth
  • Raining Double Blessings Down: Blessing, Naming and Baptism
  • To Shine on Earth: A Young Child’s Brithday
  • Arise, Arise! Morning Verses with Young Children
  • Bread Is a Lovely Thing to Eat: Graces
  • Sleep’s Unlatched Door: Evening and Prayer
  • Feet Find a Way: First Milestones
  • Sorrow’s Springs: Illness and Upset
  • A Wind Where the Rose Was: Bereavement
  • The Ground to Stand On: Stepping Out and Growing Away
  • I Am Good Fortune: Leaving Home
  • Waldorf School Verses

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