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The Christmas tree in question shows up at Mr. Willowby's home by special order, aboard a big pink truck: "Full and fresh and glistening green--The biggest tree he had ever seen." But it's just a little too big, so he asks his butler, Baxter, to trim off the top few feet that brush up against the parlor ceiling. Baxter realizes that this snipped-off top would make a perfect little tree for "Miss Adelaide, Mr. Willowby's upstairs maid." But she, too, must clip off the top of her tree... which then ends up with Timm, the gardener. Timm's trimming goes on to Barnaby Bear, the tippy-top of Barnaby's tree ends up with Frisky Fox and family, and then Benjamin Rabbit finds the top few inches that Mrs. Fox snipped off. And so it goes, until soon the whole countryside learns that it's simply "grand to have a tree--Exactly like Mr. Willowby."
There's many a lesson to be taken from this tale, about recycling and supply-side economics just for starters. But the cheerful illustrations of Robert Barry ensure that you'll have fun just watching as the ever-tinier tree gets passed on to ever-tinier families. (Ages 5 to 8) --Paul Hughes
What a wonderful book about finding the good in things!! Teaches children that one man's trash can become another's treasure!!Published 6 days ago by G. Vasoli
This is a great addition to our "24 days of Christmas books". Starting December 1st our kids get to open 1 Christmas book a day. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kins
As a child my teacher read this story ... now as a teacher I plan to share it with my students.... wonderful story and beautiful illustrations!Published 16 days ago by Blau Sonja
As a mother, grandmother and preschool teacher this has always been my very favorite secular Christmas story about the blessings of sharing.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up reading this book with my Dad every Christmas Eve, and I am super excited to own a copy!Published 2 months ago by D Ham
I loved this book as a kid and purchased it for my Grandson. Perfect holiday story.Published 2 months ago by Terri Crabill
Purchased this book for all family members. I read it to them when they were children.Published 2 months ago by JCV