Poet Verlie Hutchens has a gift for words that bring trees to life in such a way that readers can truly relate to.
Read these lines: “Little Red Bud plays hide-and-seek,” “pink-purple giggles,” “Sycamore, the fashion queen, wears a jigsaw-puzzle gown…” and “White Pine, unruly uncle…”
Each tree’s unique personality and character is perfectly described, sometimes humorously.
Each tree is illustrated in its natural environment. Jing Jing Tsong’s illustrative technique combines traditional printmaking and digital collage.
This story promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, and perspective.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I enjoy picturing the trees as the characters that the poet describes. I appreciate that the illustrations depict the trees as they would be found in nature, including animals and people.
POEMS by: Verlie Hutchens
ILLUSTRATOR: Jing Jing Tsong
PUBLISHER: Beach Lane Books, 2019
AGE GROUP: 5-8
TOPIC(S): trees, poetry, personification
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, perspective, flexible thinking
1) Take a nature walk in your community. Observe the trees that you find along the way. Write a poem about one of the trees you found.
2) Practice your creative flexible thinking. Think up at least five answers to each of the following questions. How is a tree like a blanket? How is a tree like a bicycle? How is a tree like a star?
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