Old Elm Speaks by Kristine O'Connell George
Tree Poems (Golden Kite Award)

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This tree across the stream is a trickier bridge than it might seem... The author of The Great From Race and Other Poems has created a collection of short poems that celebrate trees and the amazing variety of ways they touch our lives. Deceptively simple verses reveal what trees think about and what they say to one another, as well as how they look and all the things they do for us. Humor and an unerring ear for the sounds of language make these poems an irresistible read-aloud; the luminous oil paintings evoke a country setting and the children who enjoy it through the year.
 

About Kristine O'Connell George

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Kristine O'Connell George, one of the principal voices in contemporary children's poetry, has received the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Promising Poet Award. She lives with her family in Agoura, California. Born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, Kate Kiesler began painting at an early age. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now paints and illustrates full-time. Kate paints with oils, and her rich style has been highly praised. Kate Kiesler has illustrated numerous picture books, including THE GREAT FROG RACE AND OTHER POEMS. She lives in Frisco, Colorado.
 
Published March 12, 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An astute beholder, George resists the obvious--acorns, apples, leaves falling--for tiny, honed observations on the knotholes in a fence, a hammock that ""fills the empty space between two trees,"" or a jutting branch that doubles as ""a tree horse"" rather than a tree house.

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An astute beholder, George resists the obvious--acorns, apples, leaves falling--for tiny, honed observations on the knotholes in a fence, a hammock that “fills the empty space between two trees,” or a jutting branch that doubles as “a tree horse” rather than a tree house.

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rippling up and down,/ tails unfurled./ The treeway is/ heavily squirreled."" George also surprises readers with creative rhyme schemes, such as that of ""Cooperation,"" in which two horses, sharing the shade of one tree, stand ""muzzle to rump/ rump to muzzle/ like a jigsaw puzzle."" Especially ...

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