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Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect Hardcover – September 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Anniversary edition (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687453631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687453634
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard H. Schneider is senior staff officer at Guideposts magazine and author of Abingdon's best-selling children's books, Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect, and The Blue Angel Ornament. He and his wife, and their two sons, live in Rye, New York.

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A Very heart felt, feel good Christmas story.
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Beautiful illustrations, timeless, touching and wonderful message.
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This is a great Christmas book, one of our favorites.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on December 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We ALL love this book! The illustrations are beautiful, and the message compelling! It's about a tree that sacrifices its beautiful shape and potential reward to help animals, but the parallel for us is obvious. As the last page says,"living for the sake of others makes us most beautiful in the eyes of God." I HIGHLY recommend this book!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am 6 years old and my mom read this book to me tonight. This book is not scary. It's good because it teaches you about the love of Jesus Christ.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joan Seigle on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This poignant tale of a generous little tree who gives wholly of himself to those around him reminds us all of the true message of Christmas and the sacrifice that each parent makes for his child. It's a moving legend for all ages and a wonderful gift for loved ones.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Delaney VINE VOICE on November 4, 2008
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This is a picture book for kids about Christmas. The story is nice, the trees all want to be perfect so that they get chosen to be the royal Christmas Tree for the kingdom. They all now what helps them to become the best looking most perfect Christmas tree. The littlest Christmas tree in the woods is really looking forward to being chosen because he knows he's the most perfect, but then a bunny needs refuge and he lowers his branches and protects him, this makes his branches droop, a sparrow needs help in a storm, he sreads his branches and makes a spot for her, the deer need food, he lets them nibble his limbs.

It's a good story, but I thought the end was sort of thrown together with less care than the rest of the story. The moral is that the most beautiful are the ones who give of themselves.

It is a nice book, the illustrations are very pleasant, I just felt the end was a bit hasty for such a nice lead up. The lesson of the book is quite wonderful. We are using this in a First Grade catechism class to teach the value of giving.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Kling on December 14, 2005
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My 7-year old son rarely talks about what happens in school and he came home telling me the whole story of "Why Christmas Tree's Aren't Perfect" because he enjoyed hearing the story from his teacher. He even wrote down the name so I could find it for our home.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Gladney on December 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I heard this book mentioned by a motivational speaker several years ago and purchased it from the small publisher. This book is a perfect choice to read during the holiday season to highlight the idea of doing service for others and expressing kindness and caring.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A lady I work with had brought this in to show me & I fell in love with. I had no luck finding it in any stores & was so glad to find it here. This book is an instant classic & deserves a place in every family's Christmas collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cls24@aol.com on December 7, 1999
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A Very heart felt, feel good Christmas story. With good moral teaching for all year. I loved it and had to add it to my favorite selections.
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