“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
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!