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The Fir Tree Hardcover – October, 1970

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Andersen's strange tale of remembrance and regret hardly seems likely holiday fare for children. A small fir tree longs to grow and is never happy with his lot although the wind and the sunbeams tell him to be happy in his youth. Finally, the fir is chopped for a Christmas tree and revels in the celebrations. But in the spring when the brittle tree is hauled down from the attic and put in the bonfire, he realizes too late, "if only I had been happy when I could." Using a variety of watercolor washes, chalk overlays, and fine line, Watts reinforces the storyline, but even her frequent use of yellow and orange cannot warm up this bleak story that suggests to adults that youth is wasted on the young.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st edition (October 1970)
  • ISBN-10: 0060200774
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,703,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A cautionary tale to enjoy what you have. A tree is similar in human thinking of what you might be instead of what you already have.
Only in the reality of losing all does the tree realize all that it had and chose to ignore. The tree grows and is taken as a decorative holiday tree and then burned up in the spring
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Reading this to a child is pointless. A parent would have to spend a lot of time explaining it and probably losing the child's attention. Not a good ending. Rather sad ending and too sad for a child . A story should give a child happy memories. This story is depressing.
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Though called a children's story, it should be read with both. It is a little sad, but what a good way to teach, don't always think, "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence."
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I don't know about you, but at my age, hearing the same old Christmas songs and stories...bore me. The brass arrangements are incredible and Paul Kennedy has a wonderful story telling voice. Did I mention that the brass arrangements are incredible. Of course, your ear has to be mature enough to appreciate some dissonance blending in with consonance. God forbid you bring dissonance into a child's life.

Though sad, it's not sadistic, or so graphically over the top that a child couldn't possibly stand to hear it. I don't know how many kids would have nightmares over the life cycle of a tree. Do I look annoyed? It must be because I felt the story was beautiful.

I came to Amazon after this was aired on the radio, and only 1 cd was left in stock. There must be plenty of people who disagree with the "professional" review.
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