|J is for Jumbo*
Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick helps celebrate National Poetry Month
and Earth Day.
|Poetrees, written and illustrated by Douglas Florian
Written and Illustrated by Douglas Florian
Beach Lane Books, 2010
non-fiction, grades 1-5
Poetry, Nature, Non-Fiction
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!
I've chosen the jacket flap copy instead of the first poem because, well, because the copy is a poem. It perfectly explains what to expect in this marvelous collection of eighteen poems about trees. There are a variety of poetic forms included in this book, too. The back matter, or "Glossitree," gives a paragraph about each tree in factual form.
What I Love:
Doug Florian's poetry is addicting. His tree poems are clever, informative, and filled with puns. Each spread of this book opens long-ways to emphasize the height of the trees. Every inch of this book was well-designed, contributing to the theme. "Tree Rings" is my favorite poem.
|tutorial from Ikatbag
2. For information on species and care of trees, visit the Arbor Day Foundation site. Order some trees and get planting!
3. I found paper trees and other Earth Day crafts on Charlotte's Fancy.
5. Have kids experiment with different types of poems listed at YoungWriters. Kathi Mitchell's site lists examples and links for student poets.
6. Play poetry games online at Poetry4Kids.
7. What would PPBF be without a themed snack? Try these trees made from fruit or vegetables.
8. Inspire your young poet at Poetry At Play, founded by leading poets for adults and kids.
9. Here are some other Perfect Picture Books you might enjoy.
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|Another Florian feast
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|Posted by Carrie at StoryPatch
Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday for April 18, 2014 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's excellent blog.
*Follow the A to Z Challenge.