From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–A boy tells how his family's Christmas tree farm requires yearlong work, from planting seedlings to weeding, pruning, measuring, cutting, and baling. Energetic, naive gouache-and-acrylic illustrations accompany the narrative, which will give children an inside look at the workings of a family-owned business.–Susan Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
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Grandpa and his grandson, who narrates this story, drive a tractor through woods, cutting down evergreens for the Tree Hut, which will open after Thanksgiving. Most of the tree farm's customers cut their own trees, but some buy those off the lot. Everyone gets Grandma's cookies. Purmwell packs the friendly story with plenty of information. Tree farming is year-long work. The family plants the seedlings, trims and prunes, measures and tags. But on Christmas Eve, the Tree Hut closes, and the family gathers for an old-fashioned holiday--complete with tree trimming. The text makes the book interesting; the art gives it charm. The simply drawn, sometimes diminutive characters exude warmth and exemplify the work that goes into any kind of farming. Weber uses the evergreen motif to best advantage, dotting every spread with trees while still managing to show variety among the species. The barrage of green, mostly set against white snow, gives the book an irresistible freshness. Pair it with Sandra Jordan's photo-essay of the same name. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved