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The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale [Hardcover]

Angela Elwell Hunt , Tim Jonke
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Sept. 13 1989 Tale of Three Trees
Three trees growing on a hilltop dream of grand futures, but when they're claimed by woodcutters, other things happen. One becomes a manger that holds the Christ child, another a humble fishing boat that carries Jesus and his followers, and the third is cut into stout timbers that become Jesus's cross. A traditional folktale about the power of God's love to transform and renew.

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"...hauntingly retold folk tale about three trees that grow up to be Jesus' manger, boat, and cross represents the best..." -- Christian Retailing, March 1991 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Angela Elwell Hunt is the author of numerous books, including "If I Had Long, Long Hair" (winner of the Lorna Baslian Prize for children's books), "Nat the Brat, Mom and Dad don't Live together Anymore." She lives in Largo, Florida, with her family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Folktale Oct. 9 2001
By Jay
I bought this book as a gift for my 3-year-old cousin. She enjoys it when I read it to her, but it is even better to watch her 7-year-old brother read it to her. This book tells a tale of three trees that dream of what they want to become when they grow up. All three are cut down and used in purposes far from what they had envisioned of themselves. However, by the end of the story, it is clear that the way they were used is not only exactly what they dreamed of, but they were used in the way that God wanted them to be.
This book serves well when speaking to your child about what he or she wants to be when all grown up. It will serve as a reminder to them that whatever they do, God will be with them and guiding them. God will use them in the way that he (or she) sees fit.
My first reading of this book was to a group of 6 and 7 year olds at bedtime at a Christian summer camp. I had never read the book before (not something I normally do) and I was so moved by the story and beautiful illustrations that I began reading every night to every group of kids that I had.
I know read it to the kindergarten class in which I am an aide for at a small Christian school. This is their favorite rest time story.
Why 5 stars?: This book, teaches an enduring lesson through its words and wonderful pictures. It is on a level that second-graders can read. Perfect for them to read by themselves or possibly to a younger sibling. I would recommend this story to anyone who has ever had trouble seeing God in his or her life. His work is not always evident to us, but it is always there. I would also recommend the leather-bound edition for a niver presentation of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Primary Students April 16 2014
By Lisa
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was exactly what I expected.
This is a wonderful Easter book for a classroom.
It took a while to arrive but it was worth the wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THREE TREES Nov. 18 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Our Youth Minister had this book which belonged to his children, and he commented on how much they loved the story.
So I read it , liked it and decided to buy this book. I too liked the story, and wanted to share the story with my grandchildren. The moral of the story will lead to conversations and hopefully open their mines and consideration towards others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy read for Christian children April 7 2004
My homeschooled children (grades 1 & 3) enjoy reading this from time to time. The binding is great, the pictures are good, the print is large, and the text is easy to read. A touching classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Dec 29 2003
Format:Board book
I received this book from my parents for a Christmas gift when I was 25 years old. And I love it! It has become my favorite book to give as gifts to every child...young and old. This book stays on my coffee table through out the year and I pick it up and read it all the time.
The story is very good and really makes you think about what God has in store of each of us...usally not what we think!
Would definitely recommend to every one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of Three Trees- - - - - Spectacular Dec 26 2003
By A Customer
I received this book for Christmas this year totally amazed that my friend would sent me a child's book I thought of it as some sort of joke!! But as I read through the pages and looked at the pictures, my eyes filled with tears as the story unfolded, each tree received their wish, I was just amazed! Excellent book for young and old alike. I am glad my friend sent me this to treasure for years to come!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wishing for better illustrations Nov. 11 2003
Format:Board book
I was impressed by the story, but the illustrations were not what I had hoped they would be. The feel and look did not match the story or draw in the reader/listener. Illustrations were too dark and not as captivating as I believe they could be. I would love a copy of this story with a different illustrator such as Cheng-Khee Chee or Julie Vivas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!! March 18 2003
Format:Board book
My 8th Grade class at a Catholic school did a play of this for the younger kids. They LOVED it. The parents who were there ran straight to the book fair and bought all they had and ordered more. This would be an AWESOME gift for some one having a Baptism of First Reconlation or First Euchrist.
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