Night Tree

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Night Tree [Paperback]

Eve Bunting , Ted Rand
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 31, 1994 4 - 8 yearsKindergarten - 2620L (What's this?)
By moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods. “Sure to become a Christmas favorite, this beautifully illustrated story of a family’s unusual tradition brings to life the true spirit of Christmas.”--American Bookseller

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

PW called this Christmas story an "arrestingly simple tale" that "resonates with genuine warmth." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A classic nuclear family shares their own Christmas Eve tradition, leaving their conventionally decorated ranch house in Dad's pickup to deck a live tree in the woods with popcorn and fruit for the forest creatures. It's all deliberately cozy--the constant smiles; the hot chocolate and songs (the boy, who narrates, chooses a carol but little Nina wants ``Old MacDonald''); the boy tucked in at the end under a Christmas quilt that echoes the forest scene. A warm Christmas card of a book, in the best sense; Rand's moonlit watercolors are sure to be as popular as the conventional but warmhearted story. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152001212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152001216
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eve Bunting has written more than 200 books for children, many of which can be found in libraries around the world. Her other Clarion titles for very young readers include My Big Boy Bed, which was also illustrated by Maggie Smith, and Little Bear's Little Boat, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Customer Reviews

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat Christmas Story About Family and Traditions December 13, 2000
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This is a neat story about a family's Christmas tradition. Every year, they troop out into the forrest to decorate their night tree, a living pine Christmas tree. The night tree is festooned with edible decorations. After the family enjoys the magic of the decorated tree, they depart, knowing that the friendly critters who inhabit the woods will enjoy the decorations as a Christmas time snack.
The book introduces an interesting family "tradition" and teaches the concept of tradition as well as doing for others (the gifts of food for the animals). It is a warm story that brings smiles to young faces.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Christmas story January 29, 1998
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As I read this book I felt a part of the family as they went to visit their Christmas tree. I loved the warm feeling it gave me. I read it to my adult friends at a small Christmas gathering and they loved it also.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story January 3, 1999
By A Customer
I'm a 3rd grade teacher and my kids loved the setting and language of the story. It was an excellant book to enhance future writings about holiday traditions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winter tale October 28, 2003
I'm an elementary ed. major and this book is also good to read to kids who don't celebrate Christmas because although the family decorates a tree there isn't any mention of a particular hoilday. The title even lends to this fact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Peaceful Holiday Tale August 17, 2004
This lovely book is a favorite at any time of the year, though it centers around one family's Christmas Eve tradition. My kids have asked if we can start decorating a tree in the woods, too! The illustrations are gorgeous (Ted Rand is one of our favorites) and the writing makes you slow down and savor the unfolding of this simple, but sweet story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Look at Family Traditions January 7, 2008
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As an elementary literacy coach I found this book to be a wonderful addition to my December booklist. This story tells the tale of one family's Christmas Eve tradition of placing food on and around a special tree in the forest each year for the animals. Beautiful illustrations add to the story. This book lends itself to discussion of other family traditions. I used it with all elementary grade levels and we made food for the birds to be hung in the trees around our playground, wrote class and individual poems, and the upper grades wrote personnal narratives about their family traditions. A great way also for parents to think about a family tradition of their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Children about the Spirit of Giving November 26, 2010
In this touching Christmas story, a family has made it a tradition to go and find a tree on the night before Christmas.....but, not just any tree, a special tree selected in the moonlit forest. Once they select the tree, they decorate it in the woods for all of the forest creatures to enjoy.

There is popcorn garland, apples and oranges, sunflower seed balls made with pressed millet and honey, and scattered under the tree for the tiniest of creatures to enjoy are shelled nuts, breadcrumbs and pieces of apples.

Once they are done decorating, the dad spreads a blanket for the family to sit briefly and drink the hot chocolate from their thermos. The listen to the birds singing in the distance. The birds are other forest animals watch from afar at the feast waiting for them. Soon once the family has left, and the animals feel safe, it is time for them to celebrate.

This book is fabulous. It is the perfect story to instill the true spirit of giving to for little ones during the holidays. Gorgeous illustrations in colorful design by Ted Rand, along with this beautiful story, makes Night Tree, a holiday book to be read year after year. It was first published in 1991. I Loved this book. Highly Recommended.

Rating - 5/5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Family Christmas Tradition December 2, 2009
Strong families have traditions that bind them together through the memory of shared experiences, repeated year after year. This sweet story tells about one family's tradition of decking an outdoor Christmas tree with homemade, edible ornaments, then enjoying a hot-cocoa picnic with Christmas carols before leaving the tree for the wildlife. This story is told from the perspective of one of the children and warmly illustrated by Ted Rand.

Night Tree is pleasing not only because it provides a new variation on the tradition of bringing home a Christmas tree to decorate. Its outdoor setting creates a contrast between the snowy cold and the warmth of the family's warmth, as they bundle against the cold and crowd together on a blanket to sing while hot cocoa warms their hands. There is a certain romantic appeal to the idea of animals benefiting from the family's celebration (pictured in the final scene), and a feeling that the family's warmth has overflowed toward other living things. Like some of Bunting's other stories, it verges on the sentimental, but is still a great addition to a Christmas reading basket.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites!
Published 1 month ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
beautiful story that reinforces family, tradition and love.
Published 3 months ago by inthecountry
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Not only is this a great book, it has developed into a family tradition here. It makes giving and family togetherness a desired ideal from the point of view of the young child,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by treocyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations, but....
I bought the book because I loved the illustrations and it had good reviews. However, I thought the story was lacking.
Published 7 months ago by Picky Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story for new traditions
Sweet story that we will use to make a new family tradition. Kids loved it and we made our own birdseed ornaments for our yard. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dragonfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Read with your children, they will love it!
This book came to me recommended and it is wonderful. We made the same items as a project after reading it with my granddaughters. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marilyn Beckman
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative story line
This is part of my countdown to Christmas collection. I like how this story was unexpected. I assumed the family was cutting down a Christmas tree, but they end up decorating one... Read more
Published 9 months ago by B Ander
5.0 out of 5 stars Start your own beautiful family tradition!
This is a beautiful story that we began reading to our first child 20 years ago. We have now adopted this into our own family Christmas
tradition. Read more
Published 9 months ago by GB
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Tree
My granddaughter loved it. She heard it before and wanted it
because she loves animals. I got it for her for Christmas.
Published 9 months ago by Susan Friedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This is a beautiful story. You can almost feel yourself walking along with the family to their Night Tree. A read together story.
Published 9 months ago by ktsmom
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