The Little Christmas Tree

Clavis. Sept. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781605379685.
PreS-Gr 1–Six pine trees are excited for Christmas as they look forward to being decorated and bringing joy to children over the holiday season. Four of the trees are selected by a baker, a greengrocer, a butcher, and a hairdresser, while the mayor takes the largest tree to adorn the center of town. Only Little Tree is left in the tree lot, its branches drooping in despair, losing hope that someone will choose it for Christmas. Just as the lot is closing, an old man selects Little Tree. The tree is disappointed, as it doesn’t seem there will be decorations and children in its future. But readers will cheer for Little Tree and its most important role in the holiday as it goes for the ride of its life. Originally published in Belgium, this book contains collage and paintings blended to create engaging pictures that youngsters will want to study for their soft textures, tiny details, and appealing colors.
VERDICT Intriguing artwork and a cheerful story combine in a sweet Christmas tale for very young children.

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