Fir Tree

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Overview

In words and illustrations, these classic tales are presented as never before. The unabridged texts are elegantly designed and interpreted by world renowned illustrators. Roberto Innocenti, Michael Hague, Etienne Delessert and many others have contributed to this lasting collection.

As Graphis magazine said of these books, "They are gifts of love from the creators. And without a doubt give new life to children's literature".

A little fir tree realizes too late that it did not appreciate the grand moments of life, such as being a Christmas tree, while they were happening.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The little fir tree wants to be bigger, it wants to be a tall ship's mast or someone's Christmas tree. Finally it gets its wish and becomes a Christmas tree, only to be discarded, abused and eventually burned to ashes. Always it remembers its happier days in the forest and its one glorious night as a Christmas tree. The moral is: be happy with what you have. 1990 (orig.
School Library Journal
Andersen's strange tale of remembrance and regret hardly seems likely holiday fare for children. A small fir tree longs to grow and is never happy with his lot although the wind and the sunbeams tell him to be happy in his youth. Finally, the fir is chopped for a Christmas tree and revels in the celebrations. But in the spring when the brittle tree is hauled down from the attic and put in the bonfire, he realizes too late, ``if only I had been happy when I could.'' Using a variety of watercolor washes, chalk overlays, and fine line, Watts reinforces the storyline, but even her frequent use of yellow and orange cannot warm up this bleak story that suggests to adults that youth is wasted on the young.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064431095
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1986
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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