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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399245065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399245060
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Olivier Dunrea (www.olivierdunrea.com) is the author of many bestselling books for children, including the Gossie & Friends series, Old Bear and His Cub, Bear Noel, Hanne's Quest and It's Snowing! He lives in Narrowsburg, New York.

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Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children's books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around medieval farms, farm animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in a 100 year old Arts and Crafts house in a tiny, remote mountain village on the western edge of the Catskills Mountains. More of Olivier's art and life can be seen at www.olivierdunrea.com

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A Christmas Tree for Pyn is a beautifully illustrated and finely written story that contains a depth of character and emotion not often seen in picture books. This is a perfect follow up to my 2010 Christmas favorite, Dunrea's Old Bear and His Cub. They both tell stories that empower children and emphasize their role in the emotional health of the family. Children caring for parents and expressing that love and caring is a powerful thing, and Dunrea showcases it perfectly in his portrayal of a gruff, broken-hearted father, his tiny daughter, and her persistent wish for a Christmas tree.

The author hints at an absent mother in Oother's wistful thought "How very much like her mother she is". Pyn is persistent in her love for Oother, calling him Papa no matter how often he says "My name is Oother", and showering him with care and affection. Oother obviously loves his daughter, but softens for no one, not even Pyn. It's Pyn's joy in creating her first Christmas tree that amazes her father and melts his heart enough so that he is able to pass along to Pyn an ornament that belonged to her mother. The final scene when Oother tells Pyn "My name's Papa" speaks volumes.

No one captures a wintry mountain scene like Dunrea. His portrayals of the giant, gruff Oother and the tiny Pyn lend a simple charm to the story and perfectly complement this tale of love and Christmas spirit. Pyn is exuberant, and kids will love her natural Christmas tree decorated with feathers and nests and berries. In a day when picture books keep becoming shorter and shorter and it's harder to find a picture book story of substance, A Christmas Tree for Pyn stands out as an example of fine writing that is destined to become a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By peebstuff on January 24, 2012
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I am 75 and pretty much a curmudgeon of the first rank. I stumbled actoss this book by chance and was totally charmed. The story is achingly sweet with a depth recognized by adults, but is probably still cool for the kiddies. The little paintings are superb.
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By Kate on May 9, 2012
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A marvelous story that will warm your heart and wonderful illustrations. It's a father & daughter story about delightful little Pyn and her gruff widower father and the Christmas tree that ends up bonding them.
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