“This lovely tale celebrates intergenerational friendship and determination, growth and nature, and the joy of the holiday season.” —School Library Journal
When Wilma decides her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become fine, full Christmas trees. A cozy, holiday read-aloud and a lyrical way to usher in the month of December.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
MARY LYN RAY has written many acclaimed picture books, including Mud, which received the Minnesota Book Award and was an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshire.
BARRY ROOT is the illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Tiki and Ronde Barber’s Teammates, Game Day, and By My Brother’s Side. He lives in Drumore, Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book aloud to my children.The story is about a woman named Wilma who loves to garden but wants something more of a challenge than the same old petunias and sunflowers. While chopping down a tree (I love this independent woman!) in the forest on her property, she realizes that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to grow their own Christmas trees. And so her plan begins to grow a Christmas tree farm.With the help of the five-year old boy next door named Parker, Wilma measures the rows, digs the holes, and plants the seedlings. Parker continues to help Wilma over the years watching the seedlings grow more each year, and he learns it takes a lot of work to ensure that the seedlings survive! Not all of them do, and some are lost each year to wildlife and the inclement weather. With careful nurturing, the majority of the trees survive. After five years' growth, they are ready to be sold as Christmas trees!This is a feel-good Christmas story! Parker learns the value of hard work, and Wilma and Parker both are filled with joy knowing that their Christmas trees are bringing smiles to the faces of young and old alike.Ray includes additional information at the end of the book about the history of Christmas trees, which we found very interesting!We all loved this book, and it is a great addition to your seasonal reading!MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it!!
This one had lovely illustrations of a beautiful pastoral Christmas tree farm. The text was not too long and it would be great for sharing at storytime. A lot of the illustrations are double-page spreads - very large format and viewable from a distance. It would be perfect if your looking for non-religious Christmas/winter stories to share.
This book does not center on Santa Claus or gingerbread men. Its story focuses on something we take for granted: the Christmas tree. After listening to this story, many times, my 3-yr. old granddaughter wanted to visit a Christmas tree farm!
The sense of community is alive in this story - wanting to plant something that would help families' needs, neighbor helping neighbor, children helping adults. The friendship between an older Wilma and a younger Parker is endearing. A hard work-ethic, patience, loss and the final pay-off of the three will teach children who are never too young to learn this. The book is informative on a subject that always delights children, Christmas trees! A note from the author gives us interesting facts about the Christmas tree, tree conservation, nature habitat and the mystery of December. The most beautiful illustrations always accompany books by Mary Lyn Ray. What a delight!