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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
Have read this to classes for years. Great story without the religious overtones that many schools unfortunately won't allow!Published 6 days ago by Unknown
One of my all time favorite Christmas books. A great book for recycling fans. It surely teaches children that "one man's garbage is another man's treasure".Published 1 month ago by Lurugirl
My Grandpa used to read this story to me. I was so excited to find the book to give to each of my siblings to be reminded of our childhood Christmases. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DivaDeb
This was our families all time classic favorite Christmas story. I bought it for my grandson for his very first Christmas. He loves this story, too.Published 5 months ago by robin pettini
Besides the usual Santa Clause, Frosty, and Rudolf, this is my all time favorite. I give each of my nieces/nephews a copy on their first Christmas.Published 6 months ago by jacxon
When my children were toddlers, we read this book to them during christmastime. They loved it so much, that it had become a family tradition. Read morePublished 6 months ago by George D'Ambrosio
This is a wonderful story about how Mr. Willowby gets a Christrmas Tree that is even too large for is mansion so he cuts the top and the sharing begins. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dot Shea
One for my kids favorite Christmas stories. We have been reading for years. I love to give it for giftsPublished 6 months ago by Cheryl M.