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Legend of the Christmas Tree, The Hardcover – September 6, 2001

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Also new to board book, The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne, adapted by Pat Matuszak, illus. by Bill Dodge, explains how the evergreen tree became associated with Christmas and how it can be used to teach people about God. Ages up to 4.
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On a visit to a tree lot, the Johnson family sees three beautifully decorated trees standing in the center of the lot. A mysterious silver gift-wrapped box is under one of the trees. The old lot owner notices their intrigue and what he tells them, not only marks the beginning of a new family tradition, but also brings meaning and understanding into their Christmas celebration. In The Legend of the Christmas Tree, children ages 4 to 8 will discover the wonderful story of how the evergreen tree first became a symbol of Christmas and a way to tell people about God. The beautiful illustrations by Bill Dodge add a wonderful richness to the story and help bring meaning to one of our best-loved traditions---decorating the Christmas tree.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Legend of S
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; First Edition edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310700434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310700432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Osborne's The Legend Of The Christmas Tree: The Inspirational Story Of A Treasured Tradition is a delightful kids' book, for which every page spread has charming text on the left and a full-color, realistically painted illustration by Bill dodge of a family celebrating the joy of Christmas on the right. The story is about the legend behind the tradition of searching for a Christmas tree, which dates back to the Reformation: when Martin Luther brought a tree into his house, he set candles on it to celebrate Jesus, the Light of the World. The Legend Of The Christmas Tree is in many ways about the need to make Jesus Christ a larger part of Christmas. Since the Biblical foundations of Christmas are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of rampant consumerism that marks the season, The Legend Of The Christmas Tree is a very good introduction for young Christian readers to the holiday's origin. Also very highly recommended are the other fine books in this educational series: The Legend Of The Candy Cane (0310212472, $14.99), The Legend Of The Easter Egg (0310224470, $14.99), and The Legend Of The Valentine (0310700396, $14.99).
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I purchased this book for two reasons. It brings to light the true meaning of Christmas...Jesus and sharing love. This story provides another format to talk about the birth of Christ to your children aside from the traditional manger story. There's a light introduction to the biblical significance of Christmas, in addition to the treasure of family unity. I found that this book helps reinforce the values which I am trying to emphasize in my own family, while also cherrishing old time family traditions. In case you were concerned, I don't think it dilutes the truth of the bible...Also, as a mother of two young elementary school-aged children, I also have the opportunity to be a guest reader in the classroom. It is totally appropriate reading for public schools, even though there is biblical reference. This book offers a refreshing change from the fantasy holiday stories and commercialization of Christmas. It will be a special story to your family and it will set a warm-hearted atmosphere to your tree-decorating festivities.
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I just received my book today in the mail. Beautiful illustrations and cute story. My book came without a jacket which is why I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5. It will be a story treasured and shared with my family for years to come around the holidays.
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This is a nice Christmas story. We collect Christmas stories and this is a great addition. We read a different story each night of December up to Christmas. Then we read in Luke in the Bible of the story of Christ's birth.
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"The Legend of the Christmas Tree - The Inspirational Story of A Treasured Tradition" is a 9 1/4 inch by 11 1/4 inch, 28 page Children's Christmas picture book. Every other page is a full color full page realistic illustration. The other pages contain text written in a large easy to read font. One is impressed with the very happy expressions on the young handsome family's faces. An older grandfatherly figure also appears in the illustrations. He also possesses that warm happy friendly glow. Children will be hooked on this book by gazing at the full color pictorial cover and dust jacket with the cozy warm and glowing cabin in the background of the family choosing their perfect Christmas tree.

Some devout Christians often ponder whether a decorated Christmas tree conveys the true meaning of Christmas. This book sheds some wonderful light on the subject presented in child's story form.

In seasrch for their "perfect' Christmas tree, the Johnson family discovers the true meaning of Christmas. This Christmas the Johnson family decides to go to a tree farm and cut their own Christmas tree. When they arrive, they are greeted by a friendly happy and smiling grandfatherly individual who proceeds to tell the Johnson family about the three beautiflly decorated Christmas trees on the tree farm.

The farmer tells the story of Boniface, a monk, who used the evergreen tree to tell people about God over a thousand years ago. Boniface explained to the people that just as the evergreen tree has three corners but was still one tree, so God is one God who exists in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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We had the board book version of the Legend of the Christmas Tree. I really appreciated how it presented from a Christian perspective why we use Christmas trees. I knew that the large version of the book would have more information than the board book. It did. The plan is to use this with our children each year after we put up our tree to remind us why we have a tree and how it reflects Christ.
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We got this as our annual Christmas book for our family. It's now my toddler's favorite book. He had us read it 6 times Christmas Eve, and he usually hates to read.
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I'll save this one and read it every Christmas, BUT it is extremely heavy on the adjectives, and totally corny. I would skip this one if I were you, for me it's not worth the money to send it back!!
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