When my boys were younger, I bought a lot of poetry books for them. One of our favorites is A Snowflake Fell: Poems About Winter by Laura Whipple. The book, unfortunately, is out of print. That’s a shame because the selection of poems is lyrical and interesting and the illustrations by Hatsuki Hori are so evocative of the soft light and shapes of winter.
My boys’ favorite poem is The Winter Tree by New York artist and poet Douglas Florian. I didn’t connect the poem the boys memorized with the poet until I was doing some background research on him and I realized that he periodically participates in Poetry Friday through his blog, Florian Cafe. How neat is it that the boys have memorized a poem by a fellow poetry Friday participant!
So, without further ado, The Winter Tree by Douglas Florian
The winter tree
Is fast asleep.
She dreams, in reams
Of snow knee-deep.
Of children climbing up her trunk,
Of white-tailed deer
And gray chipmunk,
And short sleeves,
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