Poetrees written and illustrated by Douglas Florian
(Simon and Schuster) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Douglas Florian's Poetrees is a terrific compilation of poetry and illustrations that celebrate trees and not just ordinary trees either. Know what a Monkey Puzzle Tree is? Me neither. Scribbly Gum? Nada knowledge. Banyan tree? Bubkes background for me. This is one of the reasons we need to read Poetrees to our students. It's also a fun poetry read filled with humor and enriched vocabulary. Florian plays with the format of the text in these 18 poems, which makes for a great exercise in teaching inference. Why did he shape "The Seed" like a sideways eight?
Check out the "Glossatree" and Author's Note in the back of the book for more information about the trees.