Trees: Haiku from Roots to Leaves

Trees: Haiku from Roots to Leaves
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March 14, 2023
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In a unique melding of science and poetry, a collection of haiku extols the wonder of trees—and explores the vital roles they play on our living planet.

perched on a branch,
the crow's nest amid green sails
a place for daydreams

From the giant tree ferns of the forests primeval to the hardy sycamores of today’s urban forests, experience the essence of trees throughpoems that engage with every season and stage of the life cycle, from seed to photosynthesis. A broad exploration of a majestic subject, this collection of haiku touches on such topics as the importance of trees to other living creatures and the communication of trees with one another through a complex network of roots. Paired with Angela Mckay’s bold, bright, beautifully patterned artwork, Sally M. Walker’s third collection, a companion to Earth Verse and Out of This World, encourages respect and care for our arboreal neighbors. Back matter includes a time line, an author’s note, a glossary, and a select bibliography for curious readers.

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I really liked that this book of poetry not only focused on trees, and those that depend on trees, but different seasons, settings, and landscapes.
There is a lot of information in the haikus, I especially enjoyed the one about the inside of trees.
I wasn't as thrilled with the actual haikus themselves, there was just something missing for me. I did, however, like all the information provided at the end of the book. There you can learn more about seeds, different types of forests, and of course a glossary.

The illustrations are nice. The compliment the haikus wonderfully.

I can see myself using this book for lessons on haiku poetry, as well as different sciences lessons!
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