The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt

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The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt and illustrated by Tim Jonke (David Cooke 1989) tells us of three trees with big dreams. One wants to be a treasure chest, one wants to be a mighty ship, and one wants to stay where he is and point to heaven. When woodsmen cut them down, the first becomes a manger, the second becomes a fishing boat, and the third becomes a beam, and they all learn that their dreams have come true, for they each hold the Savior of the world in a different way.

I like to include this with my Christmas books because it reminds me of the true treasures of the Christmas season. It also works well as an Easter book because the final scene emphasizes that the cross was empty after the crucifixion. Most of the book focuses on the trees and their dreams; the connection to the Lord only comes at the very end.

Reviewed on December 15, 2008

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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