The Pain Tree: And Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry

The Pain Tree: And Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry

by Esther Watson, Esther Pearl Watson
     
 

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This is a book of original poetry by and for teens. Dramatic, plaintive, despairing, and hopeful, this unusual collection has been gathered together by artists Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd and dramatically illustrated with stunning paintings. The illustrators searched Web sites and sought the help of the editors of REACT and SEVENTEEN magazines to find poems… See more details below

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This is a book of original poetry by and for teens. Dramatic, plaintive, despairing, and hopeful, this unusual collection has been gathered together by artists Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd and dramatically illustrated with stunning paintings. The illustrators searched Web sites and sought the help of the editors of REACT and SEVENTEEN magazines to find poems by teenagers. When they had selected twenty-five poems, Mark illustrated the boys' poems, while Esther illustrated those written by girls.

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
School Library Journal
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:
03/27/2000
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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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