What the Little Fir Tree Wore to the Christmas Party

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9780142501603: What the Little Fir Tree Wore to the Christmas Party

Christmas is almost here, and the fir trees that live on the edge of the big forest are stirring with excitement, each dreaming about what to wear to the Christmas party. The littlest tree is imagining what she will wear too, but the others don't even notice she is there. When a truck comes and takes all of the trees to the party except her, the little tree thinks her dream of wearing a long white dress will never come true. But Christmas morning dawns with a special surprise for the little fir tree....

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Ages 5-8. A sweetly sentimental yuletide story, with an equally gentle moral. Some fir trees are talking among themselves about the coming Christmas party, and each imagines what to wear--not flowers, notes one, but lights or rainbows. The smallest tree is ignored, and when the others are cut down, she is left with only the oldest tree for company. He asks her dream, and the little tree speaks of Christmas raiment like the glow of the moon. The elder tree says he's too old for Christmas dreams. On Christmas morning, they awake to find the little tree covered in snow that makes her sparkle; the old tree's bent and gnarled branches also glisten with snow and are filled with birds. "And in this way they spend the most wonderful Christmas together." The watercolor illustrations give the trees distinctive form without anthropomorphizing them. Each page is bordered in Christmas red, and the text appears in black over the images or in white against that festive red. GraceAnne DeCandido
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