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Christmas Tree Farm Library Binding – September 1, 2006

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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 Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD780L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823418863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823418862
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 23, 2007
Format: Library Binding
This is an enchanting book, that sneaks in a lot of science within its Christmas time setting. The skillful combination of story and fact, along with JIll Weber's superb illustrations (acrylic, gouache, and collage) set this apart from other seasonal fare.

Ann Purmell's narration drawa the reader in quickly, showing the last stage of CHristmas Tree Farming--the harvest--first. A young boy and his grandpa ride up a tree-covered hillside covered with pine, spruce, and fir. Upon arriving, Grandpa selects a pine tree, and wood chips and crows alike scatter as he cuts it with a noisy, powerful chainsaw. Thoughout the afternoon, the boy and several animals (a floppy-eared bunny, a rabbit, and deer) watch until "the wagon is full of trees for people who cannot cut their own."

I must admit that at first I thought that Grandpa would play Santa Claus to disabled or impoverished people. Nope! Grandpa sells them to people who can't--or won't--cut their own. However, this profitable venture is soaked in good feelings and neighborly touches: Complimentary cookies, and sound tips on "how to keep them fresh at home." Purmell then transitions to the agricultural science behind tree planting: THe hard work of tilling th esoil, planting the seeds, protecting them from hungry animals, and them shaping and pricing them. At the conclusion, the homey theme returns, as the whole family gathers back at the grandparents' "for an old-time tree-trimming party."

Despite the gouache and acrylic media, JIll Weber uses lots of white space to lighten the tone and mood of her pictures. The cleverly arranged patterns (a string of lights, rows of trees, furrowed ground) give the pictures a Pennsylvania Dutch feeling --at times like a quilt--but with plenty of action and warmth.
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I had seen this book at my grandchildren's school, quickly read it, and decided to buy it for friends who have a Christmas tree farm near me. The text was well-written and included actual facts about trees, growing and shaping them, how trees are affected by weather and animal pests, and how a family works together to have a tree-selling business at holiday time. The illustrations were attractive and appealing to children. I gave it to our friends who have young children who help in the business, along with a plate of cookies and a thank you note for the tree they donated to the community for the annual Community Carolling party, and the two trees that I bought back at Christmas, and they were excited to have the book. I will look for other boks by this author. The book arrived quickly, and in the good condition as described by the seller. Thank you!
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A boy and his grandfather work diligently on their family-owned Christmas tree farm, an endeavor that involves multiple tasks and spans all four seasons of the year. Early in the spring after the young tree seedlings are delivered to the farm, the family plants them in neat, wide rows. Painstaking care is required to protect the seedlings from weeds, insects, diseases, and animals as they grow. In the summer, Grandpa and his crew of helpers prune and shape the trees, and in the fall the trees are measured and tagged. The winter brings the sales season, with customers cutting their own trees or purchasing pre-cut trees from the farm stand.

This book gets high marks for bundling its informative content into an interesting story with charming illustrations. Teachers and parents can use Christmas Tree Farm to introduce several important economics concepts to young children, including natural resources, entrepreneurs, and producers and consumers. It may be tempting to save this book for Christmas time, but reading the book in a different season could even spur a visit to a local tree farm to see how well the seedlings are growing.
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An uplifting and fun story about life on a Christmas Tree Farm. The story flowed well and the illustrations were colorful and engaging. Although I am an adult, I enjoy reviewing and collecting childrens literature. In addtion, as a person interested in owning her own Christmas tree farm soon, this book was a must have. To me, life on a Christmas tree farm is pure utopia.
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