Picture Book Review ~ Christmas Tree Tales

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Alright, I guess now that it’s December I can succumb to the holiday madness. I’d like to share a couple of my new holiday favorites…and no worries, there’s more to come!

Pick a Pine Tree Book Review

Pick a Pine Tree

Written by: Patricia Toht 

Illustrated by: Jarvis

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 4-9

Rating: 5/5

This book has made the rounds of the bookblogs and Instagram of late. And all and for great reason, it’s just lovely! So, if you haven’t had a chance to take a look at it yet, I urge you to get your hands on a copy. You won’t regret it.

The premise is simple but it’s beautifully executed. A family goes to the tree lot to find the perfect tree. After loading it onto the roof of the car they get it home and decorate the heck out of it with the help of friends and neighbors. The culminating effect is gorgeously glowing and a perfectly peaceful representation of the best of the season.  This is bound to become a Christmas classic.

Here are a few more images from the book.

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Red and Lulu Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red and Lulu

Written and Illustrated by: Matt Tavares

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 4-9

Rating: 4.5/5

For a Christmas tree story on a much larger scale, look no further than this beauty. The title characters are two cardinals who’ve made their home in a neighborhood evergreen tree. They spend their days happily watching over the families that live nearby, and their winters listening to them singing O Tannenbaum while decorating the branches with lights. When Red heads out one day to find breakfast, the tree is cut down with Lulu still in it. Red searches high and low until he hears someone singing their song. Following the tune, he finally finds her (and their home) and a surprise bigger than he can imagine.

An author’s note gives details of the history of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. I loved learning that the tradition began nearly 100 years ago and that the wood from the tree is donated to Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those in need. It’s a fun perspective on a great tradition and a fun tale for readers of all ages.

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