Poetry Friday is hosted today by Jama's Alphabet Soup.
For Poetry Friday -- "Poetrees" by Douglas Florian
Florian's book was the perfect choice for this time of year with Autumn colors blazing and leaves falling. Clever wordplay celebrates trees from the oldest (the Bristlecone Pine) to the tallest (the giant Sequoia), from the familiar Oak to the exotic Dragon Tree.
Florian neatly weaves a snippet of information about each type of tree along with their parts -- roots, bark, leaves, etc. into the verses. A Glossatree at the end provides additional details on the subjects of his poems.
The imaginative artwork is playfully rendered in various media on brown paper bags which gives the pages an organic feel that suits the subject. Both the poems and artwork could serve as inspiration for student projects.