Trees: Haiku from Roots to Leaves

Candlewick. Mar. 2023. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781536215502.
Gr 2-5–Through short haiku poems, the science and details of trees come to life. Readers will learn about life’s interconnectedness with trees, how they change through the seasons, their growth, and their beauty. Some poems are simple, such as the one explaining the shade provided by trees; some poems are quite scientific, like the one detailing how xylem tubes bring water up through the roots, trunks, and branches. The combination of poetry, art, and science provides a unique way of introducing the topic. Colorful art, depicting nature with bold forms and repeating patterns, makes this a great read-aloud for large groups. A time line, author’s note, glossary, bibliography, and resources for further exploration are included at the end, along with six pages of scientific explanation.
VERDICT This attractive and educational poetry book will be a great addition to poetry and nature study collections.

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