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Poetrees Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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They're grown to educate and please.
You'll see a cedar.
Oak tree too.
Birch and banyan,
Pine and yew.
Palm and gum
And willow tree,
Plus more you'll love tree-mendously!
Read Excerpts from Author Douglas Florian's Poetrees
|Giant Sequoias |
Of three thousand years.
Friends to the sky.
Spongy thick bark.
Large as an ark.
Anchored in earth.
Growing by degrees
To world's tallest trees.
Never destroy a
| Monkey Tree Puzzle |
It's said that
a monkey could climb
Up this tree in the
Quickest of time.
But climbing back down
Is a puzzle so hard,
It's a crime.
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Top Customer Reviews
Canoe birch too.
Tree to view.
Smooth white birch bark
Grows where it's cold.
A sight to behold.
The reader will not only be treated to some very interesting "poetrees," but will also receive some small, interesting lessons in botany. Apart and aside from the marvelous verse and appealing layout of the book, there was something very interesting about this book and I had to read it a few times before I figured out just why I was so drawn to it. There was an unusual pattern that stood out on each page and upon closer inspection, it appears that Florian used recycled bags as his canvas. Many kudos to the author for his "green" approach in his celebration of trees, but also to our environment!
Florian's enthusiasm for his subject is clearly demonstrated in the first stanza of his poem, Coconut Palm : I'm nuts about the coconut./I'm cuckoo for the coco./I'm crazed for this amazing nut./For coco I am loco.
There's the familiar oak and weeping willow, the largest - Sequoia and the oldest - Bristlecone pine, as well as the exotic Scribbly Gum, Baobab, and Monkey Puzzle Tree. Florian includes poems about roots, seed, bark, leaves, and even tree rings in this thoughtful look at one of earth's most valuable resources. A Glossatree that provides information about the subjects of his verses completes the book.
Florian turns his book ninety degrees to allow for large, vertical double-page spreads for his illustrations worked in mixed media on brown bag paper.
by Douglas Florian
Beach Lane Books 2010
poetry collection; concrete poems, lyric poems
This book is awesome. All about trees, this collection of poems is creative, playful, and beautiful. Some are written as concrete poems, or at least with interesting ways of writing out the words (i.e. the seed poem is written as an infinity symbol to represent the continual process of the nutrient cycle!). It is printed sideways so you open it up instead of from right to left, and the illustrations are really expressive, often giving the tree a whole new life. The poems are full of word-play but are also really deeply expressive of the value, magnitude, and diversity of trees.
The poetry in this is short and whimsical while educational. I loved learning about the different and exotic trees. And the author really does a wonderful thing by stretching or changing the direction the words are going in order to punctuate the word choice. He's also incorporated words within the pictures as well. I loved how this is presented in this way.
I also liked the fact that this book includes a glossary (or rather, a glossa-tree as everything is about trees). It not only introduces the young reader to poetry and different types of trees, it also introduces them to a very pertinent part of books. When you need to know what a word means, it is a mini-dictionary. I like that this includes one and thus, encourages the reader to expand his/her vocabulary.
Concentration of rich language is one of those aspects of poetry that is so enjoyable. Take a look at all of the examples of tree-speak Florian employs in these eighteen poems:
acorn, acre, anchor, ancient, array, banyan, bark, bend, boring, branch, bristlecone, canoe, canopy, cedar, celestial, climb, coconut, crown, dirt, dragon, elves, fig, flakes, forest, fronds, gargantuan, girth, gnawing, gnomes, growth, gum, heart-shaped, heartwood, heavenly, hollow, hues, jagged, jug, larvae, leaf, lobed, longevity, munching, native, oak, palm, peels, pillar, rain, rings, roots, sap, sapwood, scheme, scribbly, scurry, sequoias, seed, shields, spines, splits, spongy, stem, strewn, terrestrial, thrive, treading, trolls, trunk, voles, woodcuts, yew
The design of the book is equally inventive. Being that trees are so darn tall, this book opens with the spine at the top so that tree illustrations and text are able to stretch out and take up two-page vertical spreads measuring twenty inches bottom to top. Florian utilizes a variety of poetic forms beginning --so appropriately -- with a concrete poem (titled The Seed) in the shape of the infinity symbol.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
although some of the poems were a bit advanced for her, she enjoyed the book and have re-read it. It is a book she keeps in her bookshelf.Published on September 22, 2012 by Jong Lee
This charming collection of 19 poems celebrates trees in all their variety. With a playful, kid-friendly sense of rhythm, respected poet Florian turns turns the book on its side,... Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Madigan McGillicuddy
This book is cool in that it opens sideways like a wall calendar. I like the style of the illustrations, but they're too dark for my taste. Read morePublished on October 28, 2010 by Sue
Are you a fan of poetree? A lover of all things green and leafy? Ever want to know more about a Baobab or an oak? Or tree roots and seeds? Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Miss Print
I have purchased many children's books and poetry books in the past. This one is the most charming and a great keepsake even when my children are grown. Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by Helen L.
I sometimes get the blessing of teaching poetry lessons to small children. I am going to plan a lesson around this book. It is so much fun.Published on July 17, 2010 by H. A Truett
Disclaimer: I am reviewing an advance copy I received for free through the Vine program.
Well I (the parent) liked the book, but the 5-year old kid was bored, mostly. Read more
Poetrees is an artfully painted book with educational content mixed in. Its sideways binding has pages turning upward instead of left to right, which the author took advantage of... Read morePublished on July 15, 2010 by Mysti