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Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“As an adult who feels disconnected from poetry, I wish there had been more books like this for me to read as a child. I like the combination of poetry and friendship in this tale and the idea of children having their own poetrees!”
— Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
The snow has melted, the buttercups are blooming, and Sylvia celebrates winter's end by writing a poem. She ties her poem to a birch tree, hoping that it doesn't count as littering if it makes the world more beautiful. But when she returns, a new poem is waiting for her. Could the tree really be writing back? Sylvia decides to test her theory, and so begins a heartwarming poetic correspondence...as well as an unexpected new friendship.
Lyrical and sweetly satisfying, Poetree is about finding beauty in the world around you, and new friends in unlikely places.
Shahrzad Maydani is an illustrator and storyteller living and working in Berkeley, California. She was raised in Africa by an Iranian mother and an English father, and she spent her childhood collecting and telling stories. She now spends her days frantically making up worlds to keep her toddler happy. Poetree is her debut picture book.
"This gentle book offers solace to anyone who has felt lonely and discovered comfort in writing or in the natural world." —The Horn Book
"A sweet and quiet homage to friendship, nature, and the power of words and poetry." —Kirkus
"[Poetree] celebrates a child’s love for words and self-expression...Readers will be inspired by Sylvia’s strong sense of self and ability to follow her heart regardless of the perceptions of others." —School Library Connection
"Delicate illustrations in graphite pencil and pastel watercolors encourage the possibilities of finding beauty in nature and diversity in relationships. Certain to inspire budding poets." —Booklist