O Christmas Tree: Its History and Holiday Traditions

Overview

For many, the sight of an evergreen tree decorated with shiny ornaments and colorful lights brings to mind children awaiting Santa Claus, carolers spreading cheer, and cozy nights by the fire. How this tradition started is a much different story. OChristmas Tree explores the natural history and various traditions —from the tree's origins to the first tree lights and decorations — that led to the celebrations people enjoy today.

Read More Show ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $3.18   
  • New (5) from $3.83   
  • Used (3) from $3.18   

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK Kids for iPad

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (NOOK Kids)
$6.99
BN.com price
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.

Overview

For many, the sight of an evergreen tree decorated with shiny ornaments and colorful lights brings to mind children awaiting Santa Claus, carolers spreading cheer, and cozy nights by the fire. How this tradition started is a much different story. OChristmas Tree explores the natural history and various traditions —from the tree's origins to the first tree lights and decorations — that led to the celebrations people enjoy today.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Beginning with the ancient Egyptians and Romans, who decorated with palm and evergreen branches at the winter solstice, readers learn about the customs and traditions through the centuries that led to the modern Christmas tree and various decorations, including popcorn, blown-glass ornaments, and electric lights, as well as trees made of feathers, plastic, and aluminum. The last section is devoted to the planting, care, and harvesting of trees. Friar's gouache illustrations have plenty of detail, but are a little awkward in scale. In all, an interesting look at a very specific part of the Christmas celebration.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Did you know that today's Christmas tree had its genesis in 1300 BCE when Egyptians festooned their homes with palm leaves during the winter solstice? Or that the red-and-green colors of the holiday evolved out of the medieval apple-hung Paradise Tree? Author Jacqueline Farmer shares these and other fascinating facts in this history of an enduring tradition. She also takes readers behind the scenes to a modern tree farm to reveal how evergreens are planted, tended, harvested and sold in present-day America. Gouache illustrations by Joanne Friar softly illumine the subject like old-fashioned candles on a 19th century tree. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Kirkus Reviews

This carefully researched and attractively illustrated historical view of a familiar Christmas tradition conveys a large amount of information within the oversized picture-book format. The historical background explains the evolution of the custom from evergreen branches in Egypt and Rome to early Christmas trees in Germany. The rise in popularity of the trees in the United States includes Christmas trees at the White House and the changing styles of trees. Growing methods, the most popular kinds of trees and the difficulties faced by tree farmers are also described. The final pages include Christmas-tree trivia and a short resource list. Friar's gouache paintings provide additional details, succeeding in both the appealing historical scenes and in the more scientifically oriented spreads about tree farming. Bids fair to be a real workhorse for library holiday collections. (Informational picture book. 5-9)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580892391
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 750,416
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaqueline Farmer is the author of APPLES, PUMPKINS, VALENTINE BE MINE, among other books for young readers. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)