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Little Fir Tree Hardcover – Sep 15 2005

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A sweetheart of a story Nov. 2 2008
By J. Kennedy-cummings - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
You may remember this one from your childhood and now it's time for the grandchildren to have a chance. This is a before Christmas read full of gentle life lessons of kindness and true Christmas spirit. A great story to read and reread. This one will be a family classic to pull out every year and be passed from parent to child for years to come.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Touching and moving story Jan. 30 2006
By Nibal Petro Henderson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
What a beautiful book! I just read this to my son and it brought tears to my heart. A touching and moving story about the love of a father. To say this is a book just about Christmas is to miss the point entirely - it is a book about how the Christmas spirit is alive and well throughout the year and a reminder of how we should celebrate that love daily.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sweet, sweet story July 17 2011
By Richard B. Green - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was one of five books I selected as a gift for a young couple just having had their first child. Believing in the "power" of books, believing in an early exposure to words and pictures, I felt this lovely story by Margaret Wise Brown would be a perfect choice. Not having read the book previously, I made sure I did so before sending this group of selections off. Parents and child will love the story and accompanying illustrations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lovely story Jan. 10 2010
By Sarrah Sammoon - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's a lovely story if the parent has time to explain. Initially it is sad, that the little boy can't walk. And my 3 year old had so many questions and a long face, till the end of the story. Once I read it once, and she realized it was a happy ending she was fine with it. She loved the christmas song in it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
the Christmas tree who lived Nov. 23 2011
By Experienced Editor - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hans Christian Andersen's "The Fir Tree" is a cautionary tale in which the ambitious little tree meets a sad end, but Margaret Wise Brown has given her little fir tree a happier fate. As in Andersen's tale, a little tree admires the taller trees in the forest and wishes to be as grand as they are, but this tree is not cut down at Christmas. Instead a father carefully digs it up and plants it in a great wooden tub at the foot of his lame son's bed.

Warm, realistic pictures in colored charcoal bring a luminous glow to the pages. In fact, the illustrations are better than the text.

Never mind that the miracle at the end is somewhat forced. The tree lives on, returned to the forest, and the final scene leaves a warm-fuzzy feeling lingering with readers young and old.