The Pain Tree: And Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry

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The Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry is a book of original poetry written by and for teens. Dramatic, plaintive, despairing, and hopeful, this unusual collection has been gathered together by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd and dramatically illustrated with their stunning paintings.
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Overview

The Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry is a book of original poetry written by and for teens. Dramatic, plaintive, despairing, and hopeful, this unusual collection has been gathered together by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd and dramatically illustrated with their stunning paintings.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Angstridden is right, with titles such as "Waste o' Time," "Hate," and "Maggot Memories." Twentyfive poems, all written by teenagers, eXpress emotions teenagers are eXperiencing in growing up, being accepted by their peers, finding their true identity, and dealing with fear, anger, jealousy, and pain. Some deal with inner turmoil"...you can't tell, If I lie, Or if I want to die, It's me You'll have to find." Some deal with the unfairness of the way the world works"...the street children's tears of despair Mingle with melting ice cream on the long trudge home." Others deal with love, homoseXuality, acceptance, loss of individuality, racism, and poverty. Most are free verse. These poems would be eXcellent starting points for teenagers to eXpress their own emotions, to see the value of a personal journal, and to use as an avenue for creative writing. Even without writing their own thoughts, teenage readers can feel they are not alone and that other teens eXperience the same pains of growing up. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, $16.00 and $6.95. Ages 9 to 14. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose <%ISBN%> 0618015582
VOYA
This slim volume actually began as a zine collection of painful teenage memories written by friends of Todd, who added his own illustrations to complete each poem. Intending to turn the collection into a book, the authors scoured the Internet for teen poetry, even receiving some help from the editors of READ and Seventeen magazines. Topics run the gamut from homophobia to creativityimpairing directions given for a class assignment. Complementing the poetry is the artwork of the compilers. Brief profiles of each author at the end of the book add significantly in some cases to the reader's understanding of the poetry. Readers will be struck by the brutal honesty of this collection. Anyone working with teens knows how abrupt their straightforward manner might seem at times, but in these poems, it only adds to the poignancy of their topics. Watson and Todd have managed to compile a collection that will strike a chord with teen readers or with anyone who remembers his or her teenage years. Most enlightening are the poems dug up by older writers from their adolescent years. Teens will be surprised that "old people" had feelings similar to what they are experiencing now and that the emotions were expressed in poetry. The cover art, the title, and the brevity of the volume will draw young readers. With the appeal of poetry today, this collection is a musthave for any library serving young adults. Illus. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 16 to 18, 64p, $16. Reviewer: Lynn Evarts
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Gr 7 Up-An accessible and visually appealing collection of poetry culled from teen Web sites and magazines. Throughout the 25 selections, the young people address a wide range of emotions while coping with the trials of growing up, sometimes under less than ideal circumstances. The poetry is timely and timeless, but uneven in quality. Some selections are well-written expressions of adolescent experience and frustration, while others show less inspiration and are not as convincing in their imagery. The accompanying paintings, both colorful and creative, are abstract rather than exact representations of the narratives associated with them. While some selections are suitable for reading aloud, the majority are introspective accounts of personal experiences.-Karen Patricia Smith, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Flushing, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From the Publisher

"With the appeal of poetry today, this collection is a musthave for any library serving young adults." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"An accessible and visually appealing collection of poetry culled from teen Web sites and magazines." School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618015580
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/27/2000
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author


Once they discovered zines, Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson never stopped making them. They've had illustrations in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly and on CD covers and MTV; they've written and illustrated picture books; their paintings appear in art galleries-and still they keep making zines (and lots of friends while they're at it). They live and work in southern California.

Like many kids raised in the 70's, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, its neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog.

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Table of Contents

Words from the Artists 6
Trust 10
Thoughts of the Different 13
Blind 14
waste o'time 17
Blush 18
The Pain Tree 21
Zombies 22
Final Words 25
Not a Doll 26
In My Mind 29
Chalk 30
Nervous 33
Nice, Nice, Nice 34
The Hand 37
Following Directions 38
Hate 41
Exasperation 42
I 45
"Wake Up" 46
Sweet 49
"Friendly" High 50
The Ice Cream Vendors 53
What Did I Do? 54
Candy 57
Maggot Memories 58
The Poets 60
The Artists 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    This book is amazing! I am currently a senior in high school, an

    This book is amazing! I am currently a senior in high school, and was introduced to this book when I was a freshman and, still carry the poems of this book in my heart everyday. it is an amazing and easy read that is both powerful and astonishing in its work. five stars all the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Good

    This book is short and easy to read. But how fascinating. No doubt my favourite poem from it was The Pain Tree, but all the poems were great. Even the ones that I say I despise. Anyone will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    wow

    This book is a book for all teenage types weather prep or depressive goth all will find something to love about this book. It shows the emotion of all and reflects on the way teenagers feel today and not the way adults think their teenagers should be feeling. I personaly found many things in this book that was to my likeing. Many of my companions have found this book an eye opener to the world they try to ignore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    WOW!

    this book filled with poerty is the best book of its genre i've read yet! it is really good and i think every teenager should have this book. the poetry is phenomenal and the illustrations are also cool. definetely read this!

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