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A Christmas Tree for Pyn Hardcover – October 13, 2011

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 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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Such a different creative Christmas book; touches your heart strings. Pyn lives in the woods with her Papa a very hard hearted woodsman. Not even Pyn can open his heart. He even tells her to call him by his name and not by 'Papa' but Pyn loves him. As Christmas comes near she asks if they can have her first Christmas tree. She's never had one before and she so would like to have one. He says that he'll see. Christmas Eve comes and he doesn't say anything just heads out the door so Pyn dresses up in her winter clothes and sets out to get a tree. She falls into a snowdrift but luckily Papa was there to grab her. He does take her to get the tree. He is touched (in his way) that Pyn all year long has been saving things she's found in nature and on her walks to put on the tree. He sees the happiness in Pyn's eyes "just like her mother's used to" so allowing the reader to know he's been very lonely and hurt by a loss years ago... But Pyn pulls at his heartstrings and he goes and gets a decoration and says "I made it for your Mother's Christmas tree" Pyn puts the beautiful bird on the top, she yawns and falls asleep in his arms as he puts her in her bed he says "Merry Christmas daughter". A very good Christmas book for a youth to read but also for an adult to read as well. Very nicely done. (And for non Christians this book has no mention of what Christmas is or how you should celebrate it. Only does it mentions praying once and that was to the tree for allowing it to be cut down.)
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By Catherine W. Hughes on December 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pyn asks her father, Oother, for a Christmas tree. Oother says, "We'll see." Pyn continues to ask for a Christmas tree, over and over, until her father finally walks into the forest and chops down a fir tree. In the spirit of Christmas, Pyn takes out her treasures to decorate the tree. Oother brings Pyn a gift from her mother, a beautiful bird. Children, ages 4-7, will want to celebrate the holidays with Pyn and Oother, experiencing the joy of the holiday season with this father and daughter.
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By Carol Burk on January 9, 2015
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I love all books Dunrea, but this is a beautifully illustrated story about love, opening that which is closed off, pain and joy. The short text is part of the illustrations, or the illustrations are part of the text, either way, the book is a whole and is absolutely beautiful.
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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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