Friday, November 11, 2011

The Three Trees by Elena Pasquali and Illustrated by Sophie Windham

Genre- Fiction/Christianimage/Christmas/Easter

The Three Tree: A Traditional Folktale by Elena Pasquali and Illustrated by Sophie Windham

Published by- Lion Children’s Books

Copyrighted- 2011

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.

Excerpt from the Book.

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.

My thoughts-

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.

Dad Says-

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.

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