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Night Tree [Paperback]

Eve Bunting , Ted Rand
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 31, 1994 4 - 7 yearsPreschool - 3620L (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 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152001212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152001216
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 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
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story January 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winter tale October 28, 2003
Format:Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Peaceful Holiday Tale August 17, 2004
Format:Paperback
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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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 Fabulous April 14, 2014
By treocyn
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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, and it was easy to incorporate this book into our holiday rhythm. We bought a living tree this year, and will plant it this spring. Next year, we'll decorate it for the animals because of this book. Really well-written with excellent themes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative story line January 15, 2014
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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 for the forest animals to enjoy and eat from. No direct mention of Jesus, but a nice message about the kind of gifts we can give at Christmas time. I'm glad I purchased it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Good story for little kids
Published 7 days ago by Bertha Pavlak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a good story. Perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Rowan & Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars We like it even when it's not christmas
This book is excellently calming for bedtime reading . We like it even when it's not christmas.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Tree is one of my all-time favorite books to read to my students...
Night Tree is one of my all-time favorite books to read to my students each year! The artwork it stunning and the surprise in the story, about why the family is going out at night... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BmoreTutor
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
A beautiful winter/Christmas book!
Published 4 months ago by Michelle C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good message for the season.
Wonderful story about family traditions.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara B
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so sweet, and so perfect for Christmas or solstice
This book is so sweet, and so perfect for Christmas or solstice. My 4 year old wanted me to read it again and again and I was happy to!
Published 5 months ago by Danielle Millinghausen
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a sweet wholesome Christmas family story
This is a sweet wholesome Christmas family story. I ordered 3 as Christmas presents for this year of 2015. It was one of my children's favorites when they were little.
Published 10 months ago by Cindie O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite non-Christmas stories. Tons of related activities you can do with your little ones.
Published 12 months ago by Tracieann
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