Published by Beach Lane Books
Summary: Fourteen different trees are profiled, each one getting a brief free-verse poem and a two-page illustration. Some of the taller trees’ pages require turning the book 45 degrees, as the tree stretches from roots on the left-hand side to the treetop on the right. The trees are personified, often being assigned a gender, and sometimes compared to a human (a sycamore is a “fashion queen” and the white pine, an “unruly uncle”). Other trees include maple, aspen, oak, palm, pussy willow, apple, redbud, dogwood, spruce, willow, birch, and sequoia. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Just enough information is given in the brief poems and illustrations to help kids start to identify some of the trees in their neighborhoods. The short, easy-to-understand verses and familiar subject matter would make this a good introduction to poetry.
Cons: There were no additional resources to help readers learn more about trees.