The Three Tree: A Traditional Folktale by Elena Pasquali and Illustrated by Sophie Windham
Published by- Lion Children’s Books
Number of pages- 32
Age Group- Young Children
Description of book- hardback, list price $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7459-6289-4
On a hill sit three trees. They dream of become a royal throne, strong ship, and a tall strong tree. They are cut down and their dreams seemed to come to an end. Each tree is made into something special; a manger, fishing boat, and a rugged cross. They have each had an important role to play.
About the Author- Elena Pasquali has worked in children’s publishing and has enjoyed researching folk tales. She enjoys learning different languages and cultures. She grew up in South Wales.
About the Illustrator- Sophie Windham lives in Herefordshire with her husband, children, and many animals. She was shortlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal and has illustrated many picture books.
This is a remarkable book that we can use to celebrate all Christian seasons. The folktale is wonderful and I could study the illustrations all day.
My kids really enjoyed reading this book. It came in the mail when our supervising teacher was here and B took it right away and read it to her. They both enjoyed the experience.
B, C, Dad and I enjoyed it again later as our bedtime story. I plan on reading this story to my children for Christmas and Easter every single year. And I will be saving this book for my grandchildren.
What B (boy, age seven, second grade) Liked and Disliked:
I liked The Three Trees. It was a good book. My favorite part was when the first tree was made into a manger and when Jesus was put into it. My second favorite part was when the second tree was made into a boat and it held Jesus. My third favorite part was rather sad. It was when the third tree was made into a cross and Jesus died on that cross. There were good illustrations. In one of the pictures there was even a rainbow. There was even a picture of a boat in the book. My favorite picture was when the innkeeper was putting hay into the manger and there were animals all around.
I think this book is good for kids my age. I think younger kids would like it too.
What C (girl, age five, kindergarten) Liked and Disliked:
I liked the first picture of the trees.
There is a cat in one of the pictures. I loved everything, but one part, when Jesus died on the cross. Joseph and Mary had baby Jesus. The fisherman caught a lot of fish when they went out to fish. Jesus came back to life.
It is good for kids my age and younger, like my two-year-old cousin.
I enjoyed The Three Trees for several reasons. That it's ok to dream; that it's ok to dream big; when things don't go as planned don't give up; patience is a necessity; God has the ability to fulfill your dreams according to His plan. This is a book that can remind us and our children throughout the year to keep our hearts and thoughts on God while He lights the path before us.
Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Three Trees by Elena Pasquali and illustrated by Sophie Windham for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. All links were current when posted. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.