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"Boats Sail on the Rivers" by Christina G. Rossetti

"Boats Sail on the Rivers" by Christina G. Rossetti

"Boats Sail on the Rivers" by Christina G. Rossetti

Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across the sky
Are prettier far than these.
There are bridges on the rivers,
As pretty as you please;
But the bow that bridges heaven,
And overtops the trees,
And builds a road from earth to sky,
Is prettier far than these.

Sing-song: A Nursery Rhyme Book by Christina Rossetti (1915) | Christina G. Rossetti (1830–1894)

Online Poetry Anthology

  • Read the poem aloud.
  • Identify the lines that rhyme.
  • What things are being compared? Create a compare/contrast chart.
  • Have your children memorize this poem. We recommend copying the poem two lines at a time to aid the memorization process.
  • Illustrate the poem on Drawing & Writing paper.
  • After the poem has been memorized, have your child recite the poem.
  • Create an author page for Rossetti.
  • Spend time with the author. Read more from Sing-song (see below).
Further Information

Sing-song by Rossetti
Makes a wonderful first poetry book. Also available in the public domain.

Summer Fun Activity: Build Paper Boats
Build a paper boat for a fun tie-in.

Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}
For copying the poem.

Author Notebooking Paper
Create an author page for Christina Rossetti.

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