h1 March 21st, 2019 by jules


Over at Tennessee’s own Chapter 16 today, I’ve got a Q&A with author Shauna LaVoy Reynolds about her debut picture book, Poetree (Dial, March 2019), illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani.

That Q&A is here, and here today at 7-Imp are some spreads from the book.



“The snow had melted, the buttercups were blooming,
and Sylvia celebrated winter’s end by writing a poem about spring.”

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“The next morning Sylvia passed the birch on her way to school.
From a distance she saw her poem fluttering in the breeze. …”

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“That night Sylvia dreamed of rhymes falling like autumn leaves.
She dreamed of cheerful songbirds greeting her in perfect rhythm.”

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“Sylvia didn’t want to cry. Not at the park.
Walt didn’t want her to cry, either.
‘I’m sorry I was mean at school,’ he said.
Sylvia smiled.”

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POETREE. Text copyright © 2019 by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds. Illustrations copyright © 2019 by Shahrzad Maydani. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House LLC, New York.

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