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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Seeds are sprouting, roots are spreading, and branches are swaying in this tree-mendous poetry collection. From coconut palms and bristlecone pines to baobabs and banyans, Douglas Florian explores the arboreal world with his signature wit and whimsy. Featuring a dynamic vertical format that illustrates the incredible heights and shapes of the trees, this book illuminates t ...more
Hardcover, 45 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Beach Lane Books
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Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Tree Lovers & Poetry Readers
"I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree," is an opening line (taken from Joyce Kilmer's Trees) that countless American schoolchildren have learned, over the years. Children's poet Douglas Florian - whose other picture-book collections include such titles as Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings and Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings - makes his own attempt to capture the charm of the arboreal world in Poetrees, with delightful results! ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, peotry
Poetrees is an anthology of poetry by Douglas Florian. It contains nineteen poems about the parts of a tree and different kinds of trees. The book format is different than a normal picture book. Instead of holding it horizontally, you hold it vertically to read the poems. This correlates with the illustrations in the background of long, tall trees. The poems are mostly free verse but each poem is unique in its elements. The poems contain rhyming, rhythm and unique forms of the physical set up of ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Florian has turned his poetic talents to trees in this newest collection. His poems move from the parts of a tree like bark and roots to specific types of trees. He includes oaks, baobab, Japanese cedar, yews and many more. In each, he celebrates what makes them unique and special. He merges puns with poetry, offering a funny twist or humorous phrase. Florian evokes the essence of trees with ease here. His forest is one that is definitely worth wandering in.

Florian has also done the art work in
Douglas Florian reliably creates poems of wonder and humor, and this book is no exception. Exploring the world's trees, Florian weaves scientific information and his naturalist's spirit into beautiful poems celebrating the world's trees. I found the illustrations dark and hard to visualize at first, then discovered in the end notes that Florian used recycled paper bags as a canvas. ...more
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A clever and fun book of poems about several different trees and various aspects of trees. The book opens lengthwise turn it clockwise 90 degrees and the pages spread tall--like trees!--rather than wide. The poems are fun and the illustrations work well with the poems. A fun book for kids young and old!
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Poetry lovers, tree lovers
Recommended to Bonnie by: Moi
This book is somehow amazingly informative, poignant and lyrical all in one. Loved this book. Very beautiful. Very imaginative.
Karen Arendt
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
I confess, I love Douglas Florian's poetry! I enjoyed the use of vertical pages to create height for the trees. ...more
Richie Partington
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 December 2009 POETREES by Douglas Florian, Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, March 2010, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4169-8672-0

I love how consistently creative Douglas Florian is in his conceptualizing, composing, and illustrating exceptionally fun bookfuls of poems that are focused on a child-friendly topic. Employing poetry across the curriculum is a valuable educational strategy, and many of Florian's books are so perfectly suited for utilizing poetry in the science curriculum. His DINOTHESAURUS was a b
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summary: This is a really cute book of fun poems that include some information about different types of trees and some of their parts. There is a total of eighteen poems in this book, and each one is unique just like different trees are. At the end of the book there is a glossary, entitled a “glossatree”, to provide useful facts about the trees. Some of the trees covered in this book are the sequoia, oak, and coconut palm.

Evaluation: I really love that this book is read vertically! The vertical
Alyssa Clark
Dec 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: cl-poetry
1. With a fun play on words, this book is a collection of poems about trees. Through fun text structure, rhymes, and wit, Florian describes different kinds of trees. From oak trees to coconut palm trees, this book will leave the reader feeling intrigued through quirky writing.

2. I really liked this book because I loved the play on words. I thought it was so clever and I think students would have a lot of fun hearing them and reading them on their own. I think it would also be fun to have each s
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Florian’s tribute to trees enfolds his poems on different tree species and tree parts with his idiosyncratic style of illustrations. By turning the book 90 degrees, he lets his tree take root in the vertical range to double pages—very nice effect! Trees are more beings than things for Florian and the range of his use of mixed media on paper backgrounds bring them to life. His verse takes many forms too, making this a good jumping-off point for budding 😉poets and artists. His use of typefaces is ...more
Sunni Berbert

Love love love. The vertical format is unique and immediately drew me in. Helped to demonstrate the unique height and details of the trees through illustrations. The text also was unique and played a roll in the telling of the poem or in adding to the illustration. Beautiful weaving together of text and images to help demonstrate the weaving flow that poetry has on ones thoughts and emotions. Truly engaging. Loved the "Glossatree" at the end which had a short paragraph of all the trees t
Mikaela Fu
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This is a book of poetry that focuses on different types of trees that are in the world. This book has a different layout then most books so this could help kids start thinking more about how they can be creative with the layouts of their poems they write.
Lexile Measures- 700L
Guided Reading- P

Six Traits plus One- Presentation, Word Choice and Sentence Fluency
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book talks about the trees in poems. It talks about branches and leaves as well. Teaching children facts about the trees. The illustrations are great. A lot of gree/tree colors.
Teachable points: Trees, branches, trunks, parts of a tree.
Chelsy Skalada
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book, it was all about trees. I know it is written for kids, but the art was weird, and the poems were weirder. If all his books are this bizarre, I'd never read another one. I have nothing positive to say about "Poetries". ...more
Mckenzie Francis
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I honestly liked this book. The word styling was so unique a personal and it made you feel more connected. The book opened in an unusual way and it made me feel a little awkward at first but I saw how it played a large factor in the writing. I really liked the style and it made a cool experience.
Kris Dersch
An all around delightful collection.
Mary Thomas
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#cbad 2018-2019 - 5th grade SCA - 4/11/19 - average rating 4.6
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this collection of tree tales.
Ariadne Acosta
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-5
This is a cute poem book that shows how one seed grew into a big tree.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 20-books
A quick read with short poems that would be great for making observations and practicing language, visualization, and metaphors.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-baby-roo
It’s so great to read poetry with a 3 1/2 year old. We especially liked tree rings after we’d watched a tree in our neighborhood getting cut down.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
So punny! Started with Beast Feast and have read all our library has of his work. This is my second favorite.
Nicole Graham
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poems
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Kaitlyn Craig
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I enjoyed how there was a variety of different poems in the book, however there could have been a little less. You could always pick one of the poems to read to a class a day and then go from there. There was a variety of different text being represented throughout the entire book, which makes the student stay engaged the whole time. It is too lengthy to read in one setting though.
Oct 11, 2015 added it
Title (italicize): Poetrees
Author: Douglas Florian
Illustrator (if separate from author): Douglas Florian
Genre: Book of Poems
Theme(s): Science, Educational, learning about nature
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “Inside this seed you’ll find a stem and a leaf that grow with rain into a trunk and branch and leaf and seed that starts again.”
Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): The book includes multiple different poems within the collection. The first poems are descr
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-book
I was thrilled to have experienced this collection of poetry! Previous to this book I had never seen any other work by Douglas Florian, and I am happy to say that now after reading this I am a fan. My absolute favorite part about this book (probably why I only rated it with four out of five stars), were the illustrations. The book itself is formatted so that it is meant to be read vertically. I think this idea alone is simply genius considering it is a collection of poems about trees and tree-re ...more
Abigail Flanagan
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Plot: Poetress is a picture book discussing different types of trees using rhyming poetry in some cases. On every page is a new poem and each poem is about a different type of tree. The book is quite different from the rest because instead of reading it left to right, you read top to bottom. This book is kind of philosophical in the way the poems are written. Each page unlocks new pictures, colors, and trees.

Literary Merit: This vivid picture book will help not only children, but adults as well
Kelsey Bansek
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a compilation of many poems, but they are not just random poems. Every poem has to do with a tree, a poetree. Each page is illustrated with a type of tree or part of a tree and has a poem to go along with it. Not only are they punny, but they’re also engaging. The poems are silly, yet filled with information. The information is portrayed in such a way that the reader may not even realize how much he or she is learning. My favorite was the first, as it was about a seed and was writte ...more
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