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• Another wonderful book of poetry from a prolific children's poet and artist.
• These poems make for a very entertaining read-aloud.
• The art is beautiful and as much a part of the poetry as the words.
Florian is a master of kid's poetry. He combines word play, silly themes, lovely poems, gorgeous illustrations, and appealing subjects. He has written about dinosaurs, the solar system, mammals, insects, frogs, you name it! Prolific is an understatement. Florian clearly enjoys what he is doing and it shows; in the fun he is having with the words and in the dazzling artwork that is so captivating to kids and adults alike. In this volume Florian celebrates trees. Kids are guaranteed to love this book "tree-mendously"!
April is poetry month and also the month that celebrates Earth Day, so Florian's new book book of poetry is quite timely. Environmentalism/conservation is promoted through these odes to trees. Also, just to talk about poetry for kids for a moment - I love it for so many reasons. It's fun, it's short, it's manageable, and, most importantly, it's often the best example of beauty in words. Poems are perfect when you just want to share the written word with your child and you don't have a lot of time. When they are getting into bed late and begging you for a story - voila! Read a poem. You are in and out in under a couple minutes, and you have still kept the bedtime ritual intact. Also, if you have a reluctant reader on your hands. Find a book of poetry that appeals to his/her interests and leave it lying around - in the bathroom:) or in the car are particularly good spots. Finally, Florians books have a nice age range. They are fun to listen to and look at for the youngest reader and they are great examples of word play, puns, etc for older children.
2010, 48 pages
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