O Christmas Tree

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Christmas is coming and Anselm wants a real Christmas tree more than anything. But there are no evergreens in the West Indies and the ones that arrive on the boat from the north are in bad shape. Anselm believes that Christmas will not be Christmas without a tree, but Miss Mary, Anselm's neighbor shows the boy that the islands have their own kinds of Christmas trees. Full color.

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Overview

Christmas is coming and Anselm wants a real Christmas tree more than anything. But there are no evergreens in the West Indies and the ones that arrive on the boat from the north are in bad shape. Anselm believes that Christmas will not be Christmas without a tree, but Miss Mary, Anselm's neighbor shows the boy that the islands have their own kinds of Christmas trees. Full color.

A boy wants an evergreen tree for Christmas in this story set in the West Indies.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
His home in the West Indies is about as far from a white Christmas as you can get, but young Anslem still longs for snow and an evergreen tree to decorate: "All this thing we does sing about in Christmas carol, I never hope to see that," he thinks disconsolately. Eventually, the island atmosphere, with its unique smells of fresh ginger beer and smoked ham over the fire, convinces Anslem that there's more to a holiday celebration than having a tree and building a snowman. In her ambient text and in an enlightening endnote, Rahaman shares Christmas customs, Caribbean style. Lessac's (Not a Copper Penny in Me House) accomplished gouache artwork bursts with splashes of red poinsettia and showcases breezy island backgrounds. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Rice
The setting is the West Indies. Christmas on the island means black cake with raisins and currants, pink sorrel drink, ginger beer, and Miss Mary's sweet, smoky Christmas ham. Anslem, a young boy in the story, is excited because his parents can now afford a real Christmas tree. But disappointment soon sets in after a day at the docks waiting for the Christmas trees. This year's shipment of trees arrives dry and without needles, unlike years past when they had arrived fresh and green. "It's not fair," says Anslem to his father. Yet Anslem does not give up. He returns to the docks to ask for a couple of dried-up-trees. Back home he sets to work on preparing his trees for Christmas, right down to spraying them with pine cleaner to give them that smell of a real Christmas tree. Bright colors bring this Christmas story to life An author's note located on the last page gives a brief history on how Christmas first came to the Caribbean with the Europeans who ruled the islands for many years.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781563972379
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.31 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Vashanti Rahaman is the author of A Little Salmon for Witness: A Story of Trinidad; O Christmas Tree; and Read for Me, Mama. Born in Dominica, West Indies, she is a frequent contributor to Highlights for Children, Pockets, and Cricket, among other magazines. She lives in Rolla, Missouri.

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