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Children's LiteratureMrs. Bear nags Mr. Bear because it is almost Christmas and they do not have a Christmas tree. He lumbers out into the forest and brings one home, but it is too big. He saws it in half, and realizes that the other half would serve as a perfectly good Christmas tree as well. Mr. Fox is delighted to receive the top of the bears' tree, which he and his son happily decorate. While admiring the tree, Mr. Fox remembers his friend Old Rabbit, who lives alone and does not have a tree. In turn, the Fox family cuts their tree in half to share. Old Rabbit continues the pattern, and saws off a portion for the mice who live under his floor. Four trees from one, and Santa knows to leave presents under all of them. The story is a sweet reminder of the joy of giving inherent in Christmas. Printed on heavy stock, the pages should withstand many readings. The book is packaged in a gimmicky manner, as a "Magical Snow Globe Book," with a gel-filled inset in the cover containing glitter and sequins. The snow globe has nothing to do with the story, and does not work very well to boot. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 3 to 7.
—Dr. Judy Rowen