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The Little Fir Tree Hardcover – Sep 27 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (Sept. 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060281898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060281892
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #551,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Brimming with Christmas spirit, Brown's quiet story is timeless, like all classics. So too are Caldecott Medalist Cooney's colorful pictures of woodland wonders in all seasons, huggable children and a lame boy's loving father. Every year at Christmas, the man digs up the little fir tree and takes it to decorate in his son's room where the boy's friends gather to sing carols. Then the father takes the tree to replant it in the meadow. As Christmas Eve approaches years later, and no one comes to bring it to the house, the little fir is lonely and sad. But he hears singing, soon he sees the children he remembers, especially the bedridden boy, coming close. The youngster is now walking and bringing the holiday cheer with him and his friends, to the small tree that had brought him so much joy. The words and easy arrangements of the songs are integrated into the story.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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K-Gr. 2. In this striking edition of Brown's tender Christmas story, the illustrator of The Elves and the Shoemaker (2003) provides lush new paintings to replace Barbara Cooney's 1954 artwork. Although the omission of carol music and lyrics removes the original's sing-along possibilities, the story is unchanged, recounting how a living pine tree is brought indoors each Christmas and how it bears witness to the miraculous healing of a sick little boy. Even if children are confused by the nature of the bedridden boy's "lame leg," which readers in the 1950s probably interpreted as polio, Brown's distinctive, rhythmic storytelling ("Seven times the Summer had droned its hot bee-buzzing days around him. Seven Autumns had whirled their falling leaves and milkweed parachutes past his head") reaffirms her legendary status in children's literature. Casting an equally potent spell are LaMarche's acrylic-and-pencil scenes, evoking the picturesque harmony of a Currier & Ives print. Topped off with a jacket proclaiming "By the author of Goodnight Moon," this lovely treatment guarantees an expanded audience for Brown's seasonal tale. Jennifer Mattson
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c3a26f0) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c486720) out of 5 stars the Christmas tree who lived Nov. 23 2011
By Experienced Editor - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3ce648) out of 5 stars A sweetheart of a story Nov. 2 2008
By J. Kennedy-cummings - Published on Amazon.com
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
HASH(0x9c3ce4ec) out of 5 stars Touching and moving story Jan. 30 2006
By Nibal Petro Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9e1234) out of 5 stars Lovely story Jan. 10 2010
By Sarrah Sammoon - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d47e8f4) out of 5 stars Another winner for our shelves recommended by Memoria Press. Dec 4 2013
By Margaret C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press Kindergarten
Read on December 04, 2013 — I own a copy
The Little Fir Tree is our literature selection for school this week, I believe that we're 13 weeks into the curriculum for Memoria Press Kindergarten. It is a lovely story. Coming into this one, I was thinking it is a lovely cover illustration and I already know that I appreciate the poetic prose of Margaret Wise Brown, I expect to like it. I was right, this is a lovely story for Christmas. It is one of time past that is fun to point out the elements that date the illustrations such as the lamps and other items in the house. I had not read this before, but I'm delighted to add it to our pile of Christmas reads. It's beautiful. It is absolutely beautiful in illustration and imagery, the illustrations for my edition are by Jim LaMarche with a 2005 copyright, and while the story might be from 1954 it holds strong now. There is no commercialization or covering with presents, but family and friends and the importance of celebration together is powerful.

What I wasn't expected was to become teary-eyed and choked up while reading a children's picture book, but that is exactly what happened. The look on my girls faces when they went for the tree in the last scene, oh wow. What an experience. I definitely recommend this book! Especially for sharing hope with others.

I purchased this book for my school lists for Kindergarten and definitely recommend the purchase for others.


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