Poems and illustrations from childhood can have memorable images and sounds which stay with us for a lifetime. Some of the poems have a spiritual quality; a sense of morality and highlight the importance of spending time with loved ones. They also emphasise the value of ‘small things’ and nature. Young people can often express wisdom beyond their years.
Naturalistic illustrations are used in contrast to the familiar, brightly coloured, naïve drawings that are currently popular. The gentle calming images aim to complement and reflect the thought-provoking poetry making it suitable for bedtime reading. Either one or more poems can be read depending on time available, age or concentration of the child. Some illustrations are based on observations from nature and firsthand experiences, in and around the southwest of England. In contrast, there is an introduction to wild animals not native to the UK, i.e., elephant, sea eagle and giraffe.
Some of the poems aim to encourage children to enjoy and engage with nature and increase their knowledge (i.e., factual inserts in text). It has been noted that children, in general, lack knowledge and experience of the natural world, unlike their predecessors. By seeking to introduce children to nature, outdoor interests, and experiences, it is hoped this in some way may go towards counteracting a sedentary lifestyle and avoid associated health problems. The book looks to encourage adults and children to read together; to discuss, to observe and explore questions that may arise.
Information boxes give factual information about nature, animals, and plants to complement the poems.