cover image The Littlest Evergreen

The Littlest Evergreen

Henry Cole. HarperCollins/Tegen, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-114619-0

In the voice of the titular character, Cole (A Nest for Celeste) wistfully recounts the life and times of a Christmas tree. The sound of chain saws in late autumn stirs fear in the tree that has come to love growing on a wide-open hillside. The tree’s small stature spares it from the blade. Instead it’s bundled, roots and all, off to the Christmas tree lot where a family brings it home for a holiday celebration and a new life afterward. Bucolic expanses of evergreen forest and closeups of woodland creatures may give readers new appreciation for that quintessential seasonal decoration. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)