Little Fir Tree

Margaret Wise Brown, Author, Barbara Cooney, Author, Barbara Cooney, Illustrator
Margaret Wise Brown, Author, Barbara Cooney, Author, Barbara Cooney, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $5.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-443083-8
Reviewed on: 10/01/1985
Release date: 10/01/1985
Brimming with Christmas spirit, Brown's quiet story is timeless, like all classics. So too are Caldecott Medalist Cooney's colorful pictures of woodland wonders in all seasons, huggable children and a lame boy's loving father. Every year at Christmas, the man digs up the little fir tree and takes it to decorate in his son's room where the boy's friends gather to sing carols. Then the father takes the tree to replant it in the meadow. As Christmas Eve approaches years later, and no one comes to bring it to the house, the little fir is lonely and sad. But he hears singing, soon he sees the children he remembers, especially the bedridden boy, coming close. The youngster is now walking and bringing the holiday cheer with him and his friends, to the small tree that had brought him so much joy. The words and easy arrangements of the songs are integrated into the story. (48)
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