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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  533 ratings  ·  126 reviews
A girl writes a poem to a tree, but then is surprised when the tree writes back in this wondrous and warm picture book about friendship, nature, and the power of poetry.

The snow has melted, the buttercups are blooming, and Sylvia celebrates winter's end by writing a poem. She ties her poem to a birch tree, hoping that it doesn't count as littering if it makes the world mor
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Dial Books
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Spencer Orey
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, poetry
A lovely book about poems. A girl writes a poem and leaves it in her tree, finds another poem in the tree later, and thinks her tree is writing poems back to her.

There's also a nice story of friendship woven in, focusing on some small drama at school between two kids and a reconciliation as they realize they have beautiful words in common and become friends. Regarding the two kids, there are a couple things that don't quite make sense, but the really sweet kid poems and the imagining of the poet
A lovely story about a girl who loves poetry and trees. I think she is a wonderful type of kid. One day she hangs her poem she wrote to the tree on the tree. She is happy. The next day she walks by and finds that the poem is now different than the one she wrote. She thinks its the tree that wrote it. She is elated and begins writing many poems to the tree and she gets poems back each time. Her poems are really nice. The end is sweet and touching and I really don’t want to spoil it. She does make ...more
Although a few of author Shauna LaVoy Reynolds' presented verses do feel a bit artificial and therefore also rather forced (or at least, they have felt that way to my eyes and to my ears and this is why my average rating for Poetree is three and as such not yet four stars), I still do both much appreciate as well as enjoy how Poetree celebrates not only words (poems) but also the seasons, trees and yes indeed, how both Sylvia and Walt's mutual love of poetry (and springtime) encourages and cemen ...more
Mary Lee
LOVE all the poetic/literary allusions: SYLVIA (Plath? Vardell?), Ms. OLIVER, a dog named SHEL, a new friend named WALT, a BIRCH tree. Plus, Sylvia is a leftie! How cool is that?

Sylvia writes poems for the joy of it, and leaves them at the birch tree. Is it the tree writing back, or is there a clue in the illustrations that can tell us otherwise?
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“But the whisper of the wind in the leaves above her was like a poem.”

This book! This beautiful book climbed to the top of my favorite picture books at word one. The title alone made my heart smile. And the word magic continued to grow page after page after page.

Young Sylvia writes a poem and ties it to a tree only to come back the next day to find a new poem from the tree. Her big, beautiful birch tree is talking to her! Or is it?

Words so beautifully picked.
Given as gifts.
Placed oh-so gently on
Marcie Flinchum
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a celebration of poetry--and the love that children have for it. Sylvia leaves poems for the tree, and the tree writes back--she thinks. After all, it is a Poetree. When something unexpected happens, Sylvia discovers that poems can connect her to nature and to new friends. Delightful poems are woven throughout. The adult readers will appreciate all of the names with nods to beloved poets. Poetry-lovers, teachers, and librarians, POETREE is a must-purchase.
Emily Matview
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e
This book is real cool
It's a story but also
teaches kids haiku
Alice Ball
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Elementary school teachers will love this book that pushes the joy of words. Kids will sit through it.
Ruth Ann
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
"...the whisper of the wind in the leaves above her was like a poem."
Nice story and heartfelt illustrations about Sylvia and her Poettree.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the poems!
the characters!
the names!
the illustrations!

everything about this book is lovable.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, Sylvia's totally adorable, and she writes good poetry and likes trees, and the tree appears to write back. Cute story about friendship and 'poetree'.
And I loved the illustrations!
Shaye Miller
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This precious picture book is about a lonely, young girl named Sylvia who takes great comfort in her friendship with a tree. The book goes back and forth between poetry and prose as we see Sylvia in class and out in nature, all while attempting to navigate this friendship with a tree that appears to write poetry. In the end, her tree gives her more than she anticipated — a real friendship with another child her age. And sometimes good friendships come from where we least expect them. The beautif ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, verse
An adorable story of how poets find each other.
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sylvia, who loves poetry, is surprised and thrilled when her favorite tree in the park appears to write back in this sweet story.
Janette G
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is a beautiful story of friendship between a boy and a girl that didn't really get along at first. The boy wasn't very nice to her at school. Well they love writing poems, and both thought they were writing these to a tree and getting responses from it. It turns out the poems were from each other, and when they find out, they regret not having taken the opportunity to get to know each other before, they both come to realize they share a love for poetry. This is a great resource to complemen ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was ridiculously cute. My child heart yearned for her tree-friend, the poems are a lovely introduction for younger kids who want to branch out from Dr. Seuss rhymes, and Reynolds does a great job of touching on themes of friendship, creativity and exploration, and even environmental protection. Plus, Maydani's illustrations are soothing to look at with their flowing lines and gentle colors. ...more
Mrs. Mazzola
Lovely and simple introduction to poetry. I like the unique idea that a tree might have been writing back -- like a better version of The Giving Tree where both sides were giving to each other. The only problem is that the conflict in the story was solved too neatly making it a little unbelievable. Otherwise, very enjoyable.
Jenny G
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this may be my favorite book I read all class. This book was recognized by the Poetry Foundation. This is a sweet story of a young girl who loves poetry. She wrote a poem and stuck it in a tree for all to see. When she came back, there was a new poem in the tree! She realized this must be a Poetree! Her love for the tree grew as they exchanged poetry. In the end, boy in her class, Walt (who was known to make fun of Sylvia) bumped into her at the Poetree also looking for his poem from his ...more
Shauna LaVoy Reynolds tells of Sylvia, a bit of a lonely girl who finds solace when she visits her favorite tree, a birch tree. She is so inspired at the beginning of the story when she's walked her dog, Shel, to the park, she writes and leaves a poem for the tree. The very next day, there is another poem. The tree has written back! At school, she daydreams and when the teacher tells her to pay attention, it's embarrassing, also because Walt, a boy in the class, says "Yeah, Sylvia". Poetry fill ...more
This sweet picture book is terrific to share with young readers during the spring. Inspired by the beautiful weather and her favorite tree, Sylvia writes a poem to celebrate the spring season and ties it to a birch tree in the park. When she passes it on her way to school the next day, there's a new poem tied to the tree. Thrilled by the response to her poem, Sylvia becomes so excited about her new friendship - with the tree. Young readers will enjoy Sylvia's new friendship - but it's not the fr ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Childrens Picture Book. Sylvia is a young girl who likes poetry. She takes her first poem of the spring up the hill to the birch tree, and ties it there. When she comes back the next day, she is surprised to find another poem waiting for her. She tries again after learning about haikus in school and finds another haiku waiting for her. Sylvia thinks the tree is returning her gift, although the reader knows the poems must be from another person. The identity of the mystery writer is revealed, and ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sylvia loves to write poetry. In fact, she writes a poem to celebrate the beginning of spring. Then she walks to the park and reads her poem to a squirrel (he seemed grateful). Then she tied her poem to the tree and went home. The next day on her way to school she sees her poem fluttering from the tree ... no wait, it isn’t her poem at all. Did the tree write a poem to give to her? All day at school, she can’t stop thinking about her “new leafy friend.” She writes another poem at school and leav ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book on the power of poetry to forge friendships and unite kindred spirits. Through the accidental middleman--middleTREE--that is the title character, Sylvia and Walt become a little less lonely and find someone to share their love of poetry with. Extra points to the author for the homage to Shel Silverstein! POETREE is perfect for parent-child reading time or as a classroom resource providing a jumping point to a poetry unit. Either way, it is sure to inspire kids to write t ...more
Elaine Fultz
Simply beautiful story which honors poetry and poets and writing and nature and friendship. (Sylvia has a dog named Shel, a teacher named Ms. Oliver, one (left-handed) classmate named Walt, and another who wears a shirt reading "Rumi.") Sylvia offers poems to a tree and believes the tree responds until she encounters Walt who has also been giving poems to the lovely birch.

I never thought that I would see/Such lovely poems from a tree./I wish that I could climb and live/Among the words you love t
McKenzie Richardson

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-CycleA lovely story about making new friends and sharing a love for poetry. This is a gorgeous book. The illustrations are calm and soothing, the narration is splendid, and the story itself is heartwarming. Poetry is such a wonderful way to express oneself and I fully support any book that encourages this process. Poetree is a brilliant book that interweaves poetry and prose to give voice to the blossoming of friendship and the love within young hearts
Erin Buhr
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
This is a such a lovely book for poetry lovers. Or introduction to poetry for those not yet in love. A little girl writes a poem and gives it to the tree. The tree writes back. Small poems are shared throughout this gentle story about a girl, believing, creativity and friendship. I love the how the soft illustrations perfectly mirror the tone of the story. I love imagining the kids who will be inspired to try their own poems after reading this book.
Katey Howes
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, sweet, and sweetly surprising story of a little girl who leaves a poem in a nearby tree - and finds a poem in return. While making friends at school is tough for her, she has her tree friend to rely upon. The twist at the end brings even greater sweetness and a satisfying resolution. The small, seasonal poems and introduction to haiku and other poetic forms make this great for use in the classroom. The soft pastel and grey palette is inviting, comforting, and beautiful.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book about a little girl named Sylvia who writes a poem to a tree, and the tree writes her back... or so she thinks.

There's a lot of references in this book to popular poets: Sylvia, Shel, Walt, Birches, etc. I am sure there are more, but this is what a drive-by reading I picked up on. I imagine that parents who love poetry will enjoy the book just as much as kids will.
Jessica Furtado
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a little ode to poetry, and is perfect for inspiring young poets. From honoring Sylvia Plath, Shel Silverstein, and Walt Whitman with the character names, to introducing children to the beauty of haiku, this sweet friendship story will make every reader want to discover the joys of poetry and nature.
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