I came across this amazing video from the New Zealand Book Council yesterday for the first time, courtesy of Christine Lim’s Illustration blog (part of a great post about inspiring kids to love books, by the way):
Although the narration is actually prose, it made me think of poetry and I started looking for a train poem to compliment it. There are a couple of train poems in the “Rainbow Alliance – travel and landscape” section of Rainbow World: Poems from Many Cultures edited by Bashabi Fraser and Debjani Chatterjee (Hodder Children’s Books, 2003/2004) (you can read my Poetry Friday post from last year about this great anthology here) – but then I found this one at the end of “Tree in the Heart – mystery, myth and magic” and knew it was the perfect match – not only is it from New Zealand too, its exhilaration seems to me to be echoed in the energy of the paper art in the stop-motion video. So enjoy!
Tree in the Heart of the Void
The beginning was void. The first thing to be
formed in the heart of the void was a tree.
This first tree sprang out of a womb of energy,
and, emerging from its millions of buds, there
sprouted the whole of creation.
(creation myth from New Zealand)