Christmas Farmby Mary Lyn Ray, Barry Root
When Wilma decides her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year/i>
“This lovely tale celebrates intergenerational friendship and determination, growth and nature, and the joy of the holiday season.” —School Library Journal
When Wilma decides her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become fine, full Christmas trees. A cozy, holiday read-aloud and a lyrical way to usher in the month of December.
Could a middle-aged woman and a five-year-old-boy plant and care for more than 600 trees? Perhaps that is one of the miracles of the holidays. Wilma is tired of growing petunias and sunflowers, but can't decide what to cultivate next. Then she realizes that she has everything she needs to grow Christmas trees, including an enthusiastic helper-her neighbor Parker. She orders 62 dozen small starts of balsam, or five-year-old seedlings, and she and the boy plant them. Finally, after five challenging years, they have trees to sell. That Christmas, they think about the 566 families who have their trees and place an order for 83 dozen new seedlings to plant in the spring. This lovely tale celebrates intergenerational friendship and determination, growth and nature, and the joy of the holiday season. Root's graceful watercolor and gouache illustrations beautifully capture these elements and more, and an author's note gives additional information about Christmas trees and how they grow.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 11.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
MARY LYN RAY has written many acclaimed picture books, including Mud, which received the Minnesota Book Award and was an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshire.
BARRY ROOT is the illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Tiki and Ronde Barber’s Teammates, Game Day, and By My Brother’s Side. He lives in Drumore, Pennsylvania.
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This book does not center on Santa Claus or gingerbread men. Its story focuses on something we take for granted: the Christmas tree. After listening to this story, many times, my 3-yr. old granddaughter wanted to visit a Christmas tree farm!
The sense of community is alive in this story - wanting to plant something that would help families' needs, neighbor helping neighbor, children helping adults. The friendship between an older Wilma and a younger Parker is endearing. A hard work-ethic, patience, loss and the final pay-off of the three will teach children who are never too young to learn this. The book is informative on a subject that always delights children, Christmas trees! A note from the author gives us interesting facts about the Christmas tree, tree conservation, nature habitat and the mystery of December. The most beautiful illustrations always accompany books by Mary Lyn Ray. What a delight!