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A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree Board book – October 6, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; Brdbk edition (October 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585362697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585362691
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Book Description
This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make their special friend's wish come true.

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Feeling sad because no one chooses it as a Christmas tree, a bedraggled forest pine discovers the importance of being appreciated all year long. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Award-winning wildlife artist Michael Glenn Monroe began his career at a very young age. A self-taught painter, Michael spends his time meticulously honing his craft, often teaching himself many new and unique techniques to add to his paintings. Michael began his publishing career with Sleeping Bear Press in 1999 when both Buzzy the Bumblebee and M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet were released. His knowledge and experience with landscapes and wildlife were a perfect match for Mitten, as well as subsequent state alphabet titles (S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet and L is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet). Michael and his wife, Colleen, share a home in Brighton, Michigan, with their three children, twins Matthew and Natalie and John, born in May 2001.

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Customer Reviews

The story and the illustrations are beautiful!!
Julie K. Tuck
I do a Christmas book advent every year (so we read a new Christmas book every night from the day after thanksgiving to Christmas Day) and this is one of my favorites.
meganc
You will read this book year-round and it will become a favorite Christmas story as it is in our home.
Ann Holeso

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the type of Christmas story that makes you remember what Christmas is suppose to be all about. The illustrations in this book are exquisite . The story is all about a tree that gets picked over every year when people come to choose a Christmas tree.The problem is the tree has been there for years and has grown too tall for anyone to use for a Christmas tree.This greatly upsets the tree and he begins to cry.All the forest animals who love the tree for all that he has provided for them see this and decide to do something to make the tree realize how much he is appreciated and loved by them. So when the tree is asleep , they come and decorate the tree in there own version of a Christmas tree. Very nicely done, smooth text, sure to be a Christmas regular once you have read it. The illustrations alone would make this book a wonderful edition to own.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ann Holeso on September 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If one wishes to learn the meaning of life, goodness, and generosity to others, you must read this book! Being from Michigan, and now living in the desert, I can bring the cold and snow into our home to my two young children.
The story tells of a sad tree who so wishes to be a Christmas tree and how his dear friends help him feel proud and special by a simple act of kindness.
You will read this book year-round and it will become a favorite Christmas story as it is in our home.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Anna Williamson on November 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a former Ohio resident who has lived in Florida for 30 years, I, as all my neighbors, love Christmas, even without the snow. This book is an extension of that love, and everything that is good about Christmas; emotion, caring and love for others.
The illustrations are beautiful, but the message is just as important. I read it to my grandchildren and they almost cried, until the end, when they yelled with delight at the perfectly complete and timed ending. This book is now a holiday ritual for our family. I recommend this book to all who love the spirit of Christmas, regardless of religion.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A delightful new book that may rival "'Twas the Night Before Christmas as holiday poetry for the whole family. Every page sparkles with rhyme and the illustrations are a feast for the eyes. The story is simple enough for pre-schoolers enjoy while young readers will be able to read it themselves. If you believe in friendship, kindness and holiday happiness, you'll enjoy this book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Roth on December 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a pretty story to read aloud to your kids at Christmas time. The tree is too big to be a Christmas tree so he sobs and feels sorry for himself. The animals cheer him up by showing him that he means more to them than just being a Christmas tree. It is beautifully illustrated, making the price of it somewhat justified. It is great to see Michigan natives writing/illustrating true to form!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
One of the best Christmas books I have ever read! This book tells about a lonesome tree and how he was bored standing all alone, then friends decorated him and he loved it. It really touched me how they did that. That is true friends. Overall just a great book about Christmas and Friendship!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Very Happy on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite christmas story yet. The illustrations are beautiful and even has a great moral which kids can learn from, esp for the holidays.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Toni L. Potts on September 5, 2005
Format: Board book
I first heard this book while volunteering at my daugther's preschool. I loved it. The children enjoyed and I enjoyed the meaning of the book. I rushed out to get the book and it's been a favorite all year. You and your family will enjoy this book!
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