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The Winding Road

Family Treasury of Poems and Verses

Foreword by Matthew Barton and Jamila Gavin

224 pp.  

Hawthorn Press


Published:  November 2004


  • Bring rhythm, security, and intimacy to family life with poems and verses;
  • A treasure chest of poems for celebration, comfort, and insight;
  • Poems for younger children to share and older children to read alone;
  • Ideas and suggestions for introducing poetry into family life
Barton has collected a wealth of more than two hundred poems, verses, blessings, and meditations on childhood and growing up—meaningful words for parents, caretakers, teachers, and children. The Winding Road includes works by ancient and modern poets, from Gaelic blessings to Navajo prayers, from William Blake to Eleanor Farjeon and Brian Patten. This rich anthology comes from folk sources, poets, and many different religious traditions. This inspiring treasury is ideal for celebrating all of life’s early stages and events, from birth to adolescence: christenings, birthdays and rites of passage, as well as morning graces and evening prayers.

Poems and verses bring rhythm, security, and intimacy to family life and offer the right words for comfort, meditation, and important occasions.

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