A new gift edition of James K Baxter’s classic poems for children, illustrated by Kieran Rynhart.

The poems in The Tree House are light and easy read-alouds for classrooms or with toddlers-on-the-couch. James K Baxter wrote these poems when he was teaching in Lower Hutt in the 1950s. Successful in the classroom, they have been regularly reprinted in anthologies and collections and remain popular for their accessible rhythms, humour, and quintessentially New Zealand settings.

This new gift edition of Baxter’s poems is illustrated by Kieran Rynhart in dramatic spreads and beautifully drawn details.


James K. Baxter was one of New Zealand’s best known poets. In his short life he produced poems, plays, literary criticism, and social and religious commentary. His work continues to be successfully published long after his death.

Kieran Rynhart is a Wellington-based illustrator and animator. He was selected as one of Luerzer’s Archive best 200 illustrators for 2010/2011 and his first full illustrated picture book, If I Was a Banana, was shortlisted for the Russell Clark Award for Illustration in 2017.


The pages are full of timeless verse about subjects close to every child’s heart, especially those with adventurous spirits; tree houses, swings, whales, ships, steam engines, all are captured with verve and aplomb on the page. The lush, atmospheric illustrations add to the book’s appeal. Perfect for reading aloud to thoughtful children.

The Irish Independent

A beautifully packaged, perfectly sized and long overdue collection of Baxter’s timeless kids’ poems.

The Listener, 50 Best Kids' Books of 2020

This is a beautiful gift edition of a selection of poems…Gorgeously illustrated and with poems for all seasons, this is a lovely anthology.

Juno Magazine

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