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"Trees recieve a witty and informative rhyming appreciation...the poems live up to his usual high standard...Readers and listeners will learn and laugh."—Kirkus Reviews
“Florian’s richly watercolored collages, accompanied by verse, evoke a whole forest of trees. Sometimes it takes just a handful of words. “From the acorn grows the tree - slowly, slowly,” he writes, as an oak fills a two-page spread, stained onto paper.”—New York Times Book Review
Posted May 1, 2010
a tree as lovely (or witty) as this book. Full of fun wordplay, interesting facts (in the glossa-tree) and inventive art (the poems and illustrations are laid out sideways, to give the trees to more vertical room to exist in, if you know what I mean), this is a treat to read-aloud and a wonderful choice for the classroom. Eighteen poems celebrate our arboreal companions -- the oak, the giant sequoia, the Banyan, the bristlecone pine, oaks, birches, the dragon tree, monkey puzzle tree, baobab and more. The art, done on crinkled paper bags, suggests the importance of recycling and conservation, in addition to paying homage to the subject matter. Excellent work.
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Posted February 28, 2012
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? Look no further than Poetrees (2010) written and illustrated by Douglas Florian.
Poetrees is filled with quick, witty poems to entertain, inform, and amuse. Combined with original illustrations done with what looks like water colors and maybe some pastels. The book is clever and a lot of fun right down to its unique vertical orientation to give the trees shown their maximum height.
Poetrees is a delightful book for aspiring poets, botanists, and anyone looking for a little fun. The back of the book even has a glossatree with information about all of the trees featured in the book.
Exclusive Bonus Content: I couldn't figure out how to file this so it's cross posted in with non-fiction and picture books. Madness!
(I acquired a copy of this book from Simon and Schuster's Fall 2010 preview which I was lucky enough to attend.)
Posted May 11, 2011
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.