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Once There Was A Christmas Tree Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Nov edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439724996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439724999
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 9.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John P. Rooney on November 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Once There Was A Christmas Tree", by Jerry Smath, Cartwheel Books, 2005.

This book, in my humble opinion, is based upon the old adage, "It is more blessed to give than to receive".

Christmas is coming and Mrs. Bear asks Mr. Bear to get a Christmas tree. Being a bear, of course, he cuts down a tree that is too big for the house, and the illustration shows the tip of tree bending down from the ceiling. The solution to this problem is to cut the tree in half and give one half to Mr. Fox. Of course, Mr. Fox finds he only needs half of that half of a tree, and the fox gives half a tree to Mr. Rabbit. Mr. Rabbit is home alone, a situation familiar to many of us who are retired. Mr. Rabbit is happy to get the tree, and, whilst decorating the tree, the rabbit discovers a family of mice living under the floor boards. In the end , each animal family, (all nicely illustrated) has a wonderful Christmas, especially Mr. Rabbit, who has discovered he is not alone!

The book has a transparent plastic cover, through which you can see and maneuver a shiny gel, which is filled with red, green and other colored tiny balls. If you work at it, you can "decorate" the green tree with the gel and those ornaments, and Mr. Bear is standing there, ready to cap your efforts with a golden star.

Wonderful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Reeder on January 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Every year before Christmas Eve dinner, our family reads a children's book about Christmas (this year, my youngest niece was 4 and oldest nephew 9). I bought this book for the occasion because it made me cry in the bookstore when I was reading it. Four animal families share a Christmas tree - the spirit of the season. Everyone absolutely loved it and took turns reading it aloud for a wonderful memory that I'll always cherish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Joan VINE VOICE on January 22, 2008
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...and mine, too! We have been reading this story for two Christmases now, and my toddler just loves it. She wants it every evening during the Christmas season. At 2 1/2, she can quote the book almost verbatim. It is truly one of the sweetest stories I have ever read, with a wonderful message. I recommended it to my daughter's preschool teacher, who then read it to the class. This book just makes you feel, warm, happy, and full of love. I have purchased additional copies to keep (as ours is getting very well loved!) and to share.
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By Alicia on December 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful storybook. I bought it for my son when he was about 2, and we've read it several times a year (year-round!) every year since. He's 7 now and still loves it. With rhyming phrases (but not TOO cheesy) and a heartfelt storyline, it's truly a great book to read together. Bonus: It's the perfect length for a bedtime story without mom getting tired of reading (or short enough to read two or three times a night).
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My 4 year old daughter got this book over a year ago and asks me to read it all year round! She calls it the sharing book. Every time the animals say "I took our tree and made it two, half for me, and half for you" it will bring a smile to your face and maybe even a tear to your eye. Definitely one of our favorite stories. Going to get a copy for my nephew this Christmas.
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This delightful children's book brought tears to my eyes. Why didn't I think of it? Sharing a Christmas tree until only the tip was left. It packs a powerful punch, for the child to whom it is read, and for the adult reading it to him or her.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A.J. on November 3, 2005
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Several animal families share their Christmas tree. This book shows, in such a sweet way, the joy of sharing. The illustrations of the animal families are adorable.
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