written and illustrated by Robert Barry
Ages 6 & up, 32 pages
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is the biggest and fullest tree he’s ever seen. However, there’s a problem. The tree bent and touched the ceiling, so he chopped off the tree’s top and gave it to the maid. The problem occurred again for the maid and she chopped the tree’s top and threw it away. Individuals and creatures continued to chop the tree’s top until it was the perfect size for a mouse. I thought this was a cute book that pass along the Christmas spirit and used all of the tree.
A Wish to be a Christmas Tree
by Colleen Monroe, illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe
Ages 6-9, 32 pages
The Christmas season means families and individuals attempt to find the perfect tree. Some people are brave enough to visit a tree farm. All the trees hope to be picked and taken home, but one tree feels that it no longer has a chance. I’ll never be taken home, I’m too big and too tall. His sobbing and crying made his pine needles fall. Animals in the forest hear the tree’s cries and comfort with words. A cardinal keeps safe from the wind on the tree’s branches. The tree’s needles make a good bed as a deer sleeps underneath. The tree falls asleep dreaming about becoming a Christmas tree one last time. The forest animals decide to make the tree their own Christmas tree and show how much they care as they decorate with berries, acorns, and icicles. The tree awakens and discovers that it’s now a Christmas tree and a friend to all those creatures.