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