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Grade 1-3–Though presented as a Christmas book, this informative introduction to the different animals inhabiting a Maine tree plantation can be enjoyed year round. For every month of the year, the title question is asked and answered in a couple of simple explanatory paragraphs by the various insects, birds, mammals, and even flowers that benefit from the trees. The charming watercolor and ink illustrations are rendered in naturalistic fashion using nature's hues and cross-hatching techniques for shading and depth. Of course, in December, it is a family of humans who would like a Christmas tree. They are shown in the final tableau putting the finishing touches on their decorating and enjoying seasonal refreshments, with their pets and some visiting animals nearby. In a concluding spread, the farmer details the month-by-month care of the trees. An excellent resource for getting youngsters enthused about nature.–Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library END

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"Hunter’s painterly watercolor and ink illustrations depict the various featured animals—black-capped chickadees, white-tailed deer, monarch butterflies, etc.—against an ever-present grove of fir trees in the background. The final pages show a happy family taking a tree home in December. End matter includes additional information on the ecology of a Christmas tree farm."--The Horn Book 

"Month by month, animal by animal, from aphids to wild turkeys, the whole year of a Christmas tree’s prolific usefulness is revealed. The book remains story-like enough for the very young and meaty enough for the older reader (and for the adult reader, who will learn much)."--Bookpage

"Cross-hatched ink and watercolor drawings create lovely, varied scenes of this special habitat in all seasons, while the text gives voice to the creatures sharing it with the fir trees. An original read-aloud choice for the Christmas season."--Booklist

"Though presented as a Christmas book, this informative introduction to the different animals inhabiting a Maine tree plantation can be enjoyed year round."--School Library Journal

"A patterned text using the titular question for each month is the structure for this ecologically themed Christmas story...The coinciding pages give the common and scientific names for each animal with notes from the Christmas-tree farmer who served as an advisor for the book. A fine Christmas gift for a budding scientist".--Kirkus

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547046251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547046259
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
“Who Would Like A Christmas Tree?” By Ellen Bryan Obed.
Illustrated by Anne Hunter
Subtitled: “A Tree For All Seasons”.
Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2009

The title of this book is a rhetorical question, which means, of course, that the author is going to give you the answer; she does this for all the twelve months of the years. For the first month, January, the answer is the “black-capped chickadees”, a cute little bird, common enough in New England. The birds are nicely illustrated on two separate pages, with the question on the second page: “Who would like a Christmas tree in February?” Turn the page and you get the answer, “field mice”.

You get the idea. March = white-tailed deer. April, woodcock. May: robins.
June…is different. In June, the balsam twig aphid, a tiny insect, likes the Christmas tree. July: wildflowers. August: monarch butterflies. September and you have the garden spider, with October showing the sly red fox liking the tree.
Appropriately enough, in November it is wild turkeys who like the Christmas tree.

The climax of the book is reached with the question being asked for December. The Illustrator has shown a stylized dog jumping in front of two children bringing the Christmas tree home on a sled. The next two pages, spread out, show the Christmas tree being decorated with the children (and the dog) looking up at the tree adoringly. The white-tailed deer is looking in through the window. A chickadee is pecking at a plate of Christmas cookies. A mouse looks out from the bottom branches of the tree, while a bunny hides behind the tree. The decorated tree is a nice summary of the book.

Hunter’s illustrations really make this book.
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The book tells of the different animals found on a Christmas tree plantation throughout the year. The language is lovely and so are the pictures. as a kindle book however it is awkward. It offers text alone and individual page layout as well as full book spread, but you have to select and enlarge each image. I would rather ave the full book spread for picture books that flip easily so that I can read it most like a book.
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