- File Size: 12310 KB
- Print Length: 32 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Well Said Press (October 12, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 12, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07Z2VXTN5
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Christmas Tree Wish Kindle Edition
|Length: 32 pages||Age Level: 3 - 5||Grade Level: P - K|
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About the Author
ANNE SWIFT is an architect, illustrator, artist and all-round unstoppable creative. She grew up on a farm in South Africa, studied architecture in Cape Town and moved to England over 30 years ago. She spends her time between London, Wiltshire and Cape Town - and sailing in the Med. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The reception was a little muted with the older child; I think he likes more excitement. He thoroughly enjoyed colouring the downloaded illustrations the book has a link to. He obviously continued thinking about the story because then he wanted to know why the families didn't already have Christmas trees from last year. He explained that his is safely stored in the loft. This led into rather awkward explanations about live trees dying and being thrown away or thrown on a bonfire after Christmas. Awkward because that didn't sit happily with the human-like trees in the book.
The younger child enjoyed the story but got rather confused by the similarities between the trees and their long names. He decided the small animals were more interesting. Eventually I worked out he assumed the illustrations across each double page spread was one single picture. He became more involved in the story after the families appeared. He, too, enthusiastically coloured in the line drawings i printed out and insisted on finding the exact right colours including a variety of greens.
So twice in one day I was tripped up by assuming a child was interpreting the book in the same way I did!
As a reading experience the language was mostly easy to say and easy to make sound interesting, particularly noises for blowing and falling snow. One tricky bit was when a piece of dialogue was followed by 'Penelope Pine whispered'. Well, too late because I'd already read it at normal volume.
It’s a lovely story of friendship and self-acceptance and it was fun to see how the other trees helped Bruce Spruce with his problems. The names of the characters were great — Penelope Pine, Bruce Spruce, Cedrick Cypress, and Douglas Fir — and there’s a little squirrel and bird that make cute appearances most pages.
The artwork is whimsical and lovely — a perfect addition to this story.
I absolutely recommend this book for a gift or your own bookshelf. My kids are 9 and 11 and we all enjoyed this beautiful book.