OLD ELM SPEAKS by Kristine O'Connell George

OLD ELM SPEAKS

Tree Poems
Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a paean to trees, George and Kiesler follow up on The Great Frog Race and Other Poems (1997), with a similar specialized collection of nature poetry, loosely organized around the four seasons. 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. A dozen words or so are bound into small parcels; even as the contents are unwrapped, there is room for the imagination. Told from the point of view of an oak tree or a fisherman that snags a pine, this ode begs comparison to Janice May Udry’s A Tree is Nice (1955). Kiesler has lightened her textured oil palette with the new greens of leaves and maple shoots, pale cream buds, and a bright wayward kite against a winter white snow sky. Her figures, particularly faces, are deliberately abstract compared to the portraits of her main characters--trees. A lovely, often luminous, collection. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1998
ISBN: 0-395-87611-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1998




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