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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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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
Format:Hardcover
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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Format:Board book
This is a wonderful children's book!!! I have purchased several copies of this book not only for my own daughter but also for gifts. The message of the story is one of hope and love. It is heartwarming as three trees learn the lesson that "you can not judge a book by its cover." Likewise the three trees who are used to build: a trough, a boat and a cross have no idea that they all will be used to serve Jesus in the most special ways imaginable!
The trees initially complain about their use until they see how wrong they are and that they have been selected to be used to build the most precious items in all of history. One tree is used to make a trough- which eventually is the bed in the manager that Jesus sleeps in. Another tree is made into a large cross that Jesus was nailed upon when He died. The third tree was used for a fishing boat that carried Jesus and his diciples during a storm.
Each of the trees ultimately realizes that the "simple" uses that they thought they were built for are acutally "the most special" items that could ever be built from the trees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure March 26 2001
By Jay
Format:Hardcover
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.
This leather-bound edition is beautiful. The front cover is heavily padded and is embossed with gold lettering. The price may be a little stiff for a children's book, but it will be with you and your child forever.
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.
Why 5 stars?: This book, though somewhat pricey, teaches an enduring lesson through its words and wonderful pictures. This edition is very nice with its padded cover and gold lettering. 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Share Dec 7 2000
By Gloria
Format:Hardcover
Just after I was done eating Thanksgiving dinner this year, my friend shoved this book under my nose and said, "You have to read this." And she sat down in front of me to watch me read it. Not to read the book with me, but to watch me as I read. I got about halfway through and developed a fierce lump in my throat and couldn't see anymore because of my tears. I actually had to put the book down for about ten minutes. After I had my emotions under control again I picked it up and read only one page before having to put it down again for another ten minutes. And so it went for the entire last half of the book. Honest. After the reading the last tree's fate I just had to thank God and praise him for loving me so much! As you've seen from other reviewers who have read The Tale of Three Trees, this book will MAKE you share it with the people you love. And, like my friend, you will relish in their reactions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Primary Students
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.
Published 5 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars THREE TREES
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mary Chiasson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy read for Christian children
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. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Odysseus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 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. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Jackie Anglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of Three Trees- - - - - Spectacular
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!! Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Wishing for better illustrations
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by MG
1.0 out of 5 stars STORY GOOD. ILLUSTRATIONS BAD.
The story is a classic.
But the illustrations are abominable.
They are all done in the perspective of someone
standing in the shade. Why? Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
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... Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by A. Ganong
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tale of Three Trees
This a book about three trees. Each of the trees predict where and what their going to be when they get older. Read more
Published on March 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
This story brings me to tears while gracing me with chills everytime I read it. I love it, pure beauty and truth.
Published on July 8 2002
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