Everybody’s Tree – Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Renee Graef

  Everybody’s Tree – Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Renee Graef, Sleeping Bear Press, (9781534110588), 2020

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture Books

What did you like about the book?  This book about a Christmas tree begins and ends in the point of view of the tree.  The book opens as a young sapling wonders: “I don’t know yet what I will be or if there’s something great in me. But I will wait, and I will grow, and one day, one year, I will know.”  The reader then sees the tree being purchased and planted in a young boy’s yard.  As the boy grows, so does the tree.  As time passes, the boy grows up and has his own children and then grandchildren. When people searching for a city Christmas tree discover the tree, the family decide to share it.  The tree is transported to the city where it becomes the highlight of a holiday celebration. After a wordless double page spread showing the tree decked out in all its glory, the final page returns full circle to the tree: “I shine so the darkest corner has light on the shortest of days and the coldest of nights. I shine so you have something warm to share when you hold hands in the frosty air. I shine for you. I shine for me. I am Everybody’s Christmas Tree.”  The rhyming text flows well and is complemented by the lush colored pencil illustrations.  The cover illustration glows in the dark for an added touch.  This is a lovely addition to stories about Christmas trees.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a nice choice for a holiday read aloud or bedtime story.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Holiday Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 12/28/2020         

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