The Finest Christmas Tree

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Every year Farmer Tuttle loads his truck with Christmas trees fresh from his farm and drives down to the city to sell them. Then he picks out a special Christmas hat to bring home to Mrs. Tuttle. But one year, people stopped buying real Christmas trees. Fake ones were more convenient, they said. So Farmer Tuttle had to return home without a hat to give his wife. The Tuttles worried; if they couldn’t sell their trees anymore, what would they do? Just when they’re about to sell all their trees to a man from the ...

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Overview

Every year Farmer Tuttle loads his truck with Christmas trees fresh from his farm and drives down to the city to sell them. Then he picks out a special Christmas hat to bring home to Mrs. Tuttle. But one year, people stopped buying real Christmas trees. Fake ones were more convenient, they said. So Farmer Tuttle had to return home without a hat to give his wife. The Tuttles worried; if they couldn’t sell their trees anymore, what would they do? Just when they’re about to sell all their trees to a man from the sawmill, a mysterious letter arrives requesting Farmer Tuttle’s finest tree . . .

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Editorial Reviews

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"Kids will love seeing the surprise turn of play in the art, which features an evergreen forest so lush and crisp one would swear it emits a pine scent."—Publishers Weekly, starred review Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Imaginative illustrations."—Horn Book Horn Book

"There are visual rewards in the Hassetts’ folk art–style bustling townscapes and country scenes."—Booklist Booklist, ALA

Publishers Weekly
When plastic trees become all the rage, things look bleak for Farmer Tuttle, who raises Christmas trees. He can't sell his harvest wares-or buy Mrs. Tuttle a special holiday hat. But a letter from an anonymous customer seeking "the finest tree in the forest" (and who clandestinely appears with his own team of tiny tree cutters and flying sleigh transport) changes all that. Kids will love seeing the surprise turn of play in the art, which features an evergreen forest so lush and crisp one would swear it emits a pine scent. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Farmer Tuttle grows Christmas trees. Every year, he loads his trees up and sells them in the city. On the way home, after they are all sold, he stops and buys Mrs. Tuttle a new hat for Christmas. One year, the tradition is threatened by the burgeoning popularity of artificial trees. Heartbroken, Farmer Tuttle does not have enough money to buy a new hat for Mrs. Tuttle. They are offered money to sell the farm to a sawmill, to turn the trees into toothpicks and clothespins. The Tuttles wrestle with their troubles, but rescue comes from an unexpected direction. A special visitor chooses the finest Christmas tree from the Tuttles' farm, and after the tiny elves load the tree on the sleigh, Farmer Tuttle discovers a new Christmas hat left behind as payment. Luminous paintings illustrate the tale. 2005, Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 4 to 8.
—Dr. Judy Rowen
Kirkus Reviews
Farmer Tuttle runs a Christmas tree farm in the New England mountains of the late 1950s, at the time when fake trees come into style. Suddenly no one wants his real trees any more, and he has no money to buy his wife her usual new Christmas hat. On the day before Christmas, the farmer receives a mysterious letter stating that a crew will be coming to cut the "finest tree in the forest." That night Farmer Tuttle watches as "tiny figures" cut and load a huge tree into a sleigh, with partial views of reindeer and a man in a red plaid suit. They leave a woman's Christmas hat behind in the snow as payment, and this tradition is repeated each year thereafter. The story is told in a taciturn, understated way in keeping with its New England setting, and the true identity of the tiny helpers and the man in the red suit are left unspoken for young readers to point out. The illustrations in wintry, cool tones have a naive flavor with flattened perspective recalling the winter scenes of Grandma Moses. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547406237
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Pages: 31
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their “commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).”


John and Ann Hassett have collaborated on many heartwarming picture books for children. They live in Waldoboro, Maine, with two small girls, chickens, and a dog, as well as mice in the walls.

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