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Apple Tree Christmas (Holiday) Hardcover – September 20, 2005
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From the Back Cover
How will Katrina face Christmas knowing that her beloved apple tree has fallen in a blizzard?
About the Author
Noted picture book author and illustrator Trinka Hakes Noble has pursued the study of children's book writing and illustrating in New York City at Parsons School of Design, the New School University, Caldecott medalist Uri Shulevitz's Greenwich Village Workshop, and New York University. She has authored and illustrated numerous books, including the popular Jimmy's Boa series, which has been translated into six languages. Trinka lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey. The Scarlet Stockings Spy is her first book with Sleeping Bear Press.
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An old beloved family apple tree, barn living, a tremendous snow blizzard and ice storm, and the simple Christmas where family ties and love are more important than an elaborate Christmas celebration, all add up to a wonderful Christmas children's tale.
Katrina and her sister, Josie, Mamma, Pappa, Mrs. Wooly and her lambs, Old Dan the family horse, and Sweet Clover, the family cow all live together in a barn. Near the barn stood an old apple tree overgrown with wild grape vines. It is late in autumn and snow is coming. One day the girls stay home from school to help pick and sort apples. They sorted apples in piles for cider, applesauce, pies, apple butter, lunch pails, food for Old Dan, and decorations for their Christmas tree. After all the apples were picked, Josie used one of the wild grape vines for a swing and Katrina climbed up on a limb that made a perfect drawing board. Katrina would dream and draw on this limb until the sun glowed low in the winter sky. One night a tremendous snow blizzard batters the barn and continues for three days. On the third night the blizzard turned into a heavy ice storm. After the storm the family discovers that their beloved apple tree split in half and lies dismembered in the snow and ice. Everyone is really sad. No more apples for cider, pies, applesauce, apple butter, and Christmas decorations, but most of all there won't be a grapevine swing for Josie or a drawing board for Katrina. You will want to read this book to find out how this dead old apple tree provides a wonderful Christmas surprise for the family.
This book is a wonderful portrayal of farm life at Christmas on a southern Michigan farm in 1881. The only negative that I found was the fact that no mention is made of the true meaning of Christmas anywhere in the book. That would normally result in me giving a four star rating but because the book was so meaningful and nostalgic I gave it a five star rating.
This is a wonderful, true story of two little girls and their memories surrounding a much-loved apple tree. The family lives in a barn, above where the animals are kept, and your little ones will dream of living in a barn after hearing this story!
The art work is wonderful, down-home, and cozy.
This is a book we treasure, for children love it, and I look forward to many years of sharing it with grandchildren, too.