I absolutely love this book for so many reasons. The poetic verse, the stunning pictures, the message of friendship... I could go on and on! A quick summary would go a little something like this: A large pine tree is saddened each Christmas when families come to choose a Christmas tree, but he is looked over year after year. The problem is that he has been there for so many years that he has grown too tall for anyone to use as a Christmas tree. This year the tree shares his sadness with the forest animals. Although they work hard to explain how grateful they are to him for the warmth and protection he gives them, he is still sad that his dream of being a Christmas tree will never be realized. That night, while the tree sleeps, the forest birds and animals decorate the tree in their own version of a Christmas tree. When the old pine wakes up, he is delighted and grateful to his dear friends for helping him fulfill his wish!
... Now if that doesn't get you in the Christmas spirit, I don't know what will!
As a mini-warning, this book can be hard to find at your local library, or even your local bookstore, but don't you worry! Just because it's out of print doesn't mean you can't get your hands on it! There is always good old Amazon, but the beautiful world of YouTube has also brought it right to your door (and free of charge!) Take a look!
Now, isn't that a sweet story?
I love using this story to reinforce some essential understandings, such as story mapping, identifying problem and solution, and understanding cause and effect. Click on the images below to grab a freebie for yourself!
Then, in small groups, we will see what delightful decorations we can create to beautify our classroom! I can't wait :)
*I feel it is important to note that I teach in a very international community, and my students belong to many different faiths. This activity is part of a year-long study of the cultures that make up our classroom.