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TREES by Harry Behn

TREES

By Harry Behn (Author) , James Endicott (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: April 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-8050-1926-X
Publisher: Henry Holt

 With so much going for it, this ought to be a winner: trees are close to all good hearts; Behn is a fine poet who deserves wider recognition; and Endicott's stylized illustrations, artfully combining Japanese references and precision with bits of realistic detail--all in gorgeous, sophisticated colors--are striking. But, unfortunately, Behn's quiet, unassuming little poem (copyright 1949; ``Trees are the kindest things I know,/They do no harm, they simply grow/And spread a shade for sleepy cows/And gather birds among their boughs'') is almost lost in the grandiose art, which sports with the visual images without ever conveying the ``kindness'' that is Behn's keynote. It's a nice poem, certainly worth remembering, but this edition seems extraneous. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-8)