"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)

  • 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.

Online Poetry Anthology
Online Poetry Anthology

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