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This book is ripe with poetrees,
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

Ancient seers
Of three thousand years.
Heavenly high.
Friends to the sky.
Spongy thick bark.
Large as an ark.
Gargantuan girth.
Anchored in earth.
Growing by degrees
To world's tallest trees.
Never destroy a
Giant sequoia.
Monkey Tree Puzzle

It's said that
a monkey could climb
Up this tree in the
Quickest of time.
But climbing back down
Without cracking
Its crown
Is a puzzle so hard,
It's a crime.




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Starting with the book’s title and ending with a final glossatree, the wordplay in Florian’s latest poetry collection provides plenty of fun. Each of the 18 poems celebrates the wonder of trees, from the giant sequoia (the world’s tallest trees) and the Banyan (an acre in its canopy) to the bristlecone pine, one of the oldest trees on earth (alive for fifty cen-trees). Each poem is printed on a vertical double-page spread illustrated with mixed-media artwork in gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, rubber stamps, oil pastels, and collage on brown paper bags. The dramatic swirling visuals sometimes swamp the words, but the blurry images do leave room for kids to use their imaginations as they interpret the poems. The big pages are well suited for group sharing, as are the playful puns (Lovely leaves / Leave me in awe). The final fascinating notes on each tree, and on leaves, stems, and roots, spell out the call for conservation that is part of the poetry and pictures. Grades 3-6. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416986723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416986720
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you'd like an interesting poetic slant on trees, this is just the book you have been looking for. You'll be taking a look at a seed, the mighty oak, a coconut palm, a baobal, the swirling roots of a tree, the giant sequoia, the banyan, the monkey puzzle tree, the paper birch, the time telling tree rings, the bristlecone pine, you'll read about different kinds of leaves, bark, the dragon tree, the Japanese cedar, the weeping willow, and the yew tree. You'll also be able to learn a bit about each tree in the glossatree.

Paper Birch

Paper birch.
White birch.
Canoe birch too.
Beautiful
Native
Tree to view.
Smooth white birch bark
Grows where it's cold.
Paper birrrrrrrrrrrrrch:
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!
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Florian focuses his talent for poetry and illustration on trees as he celebrates their beauty, uniqueness, and importance in this collection of eighteen poems that are rich with his signature wordplay: "lovely leaves/leave me in awe."

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.
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Poetrees
by Douglas Florian
Beach Lane Books 2010
poetry collection; concrete poems, lyric poems
grade 3+

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.
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Upon receiving this book you will immediately know it is quite unique. The spine is the top and you open the book by flipping up, not from side to side. A rather interesting quirk that leaves me kind of frustrated because, you know, when you are used to doing it a certain way, change is rather hard to get used to! :P So if you pick this book up to read it, try to remember to flip it up! :D

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.
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The first thing the reader will notice about POETREES (besides the clever title) is the interesting concept. Each poem describes a tree and even shares facts about it. The poems are printed in a clever manner. The illustrations are charming as well, such as the ''weeping willow'' which has leaves falling from its eyes rather than tears. A good book for aspiring poets (or botanists) of any age.
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I love how consistently creative Douglas Florian is in his conceptualizing, composing, and illustrating exceptionally fun bookfuls of poems that are focused on a child-friendly topic. Employing poetry across the curriculum is a valuable educational strategy, and many of Florian's books are so perfectly suited for utilizing poetry in the science curriculum. His DINOTHESAURUS was a big hit last year, and POETREES -- his new picture book of poems all about types and aspects of trees -- will be similarly celebrated.

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.
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