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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Hardcover – Picture Book, October 17, 2000
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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree in question shows up at Mr. Willowby's home by special order, aboard a big pink truck: "Full and fresh and glistening green--The biggest tree he had ever seen." But it's just a little too big, so he asks his butler, Baxter, to trim off the top few feet that brush up against the parlor ceiling. Baxter realizes that this snipped-off top would make a perfect little tree for "Miss Adelaide, Mr. Willowby's upstairs maid." But she, too, must clip off the top of her tree... which then ends up with Timm, the gardener. Timm's trimming goes on to Barnaby Bear, the tippy-top of Barnaby's tree ends up with Frisky Fox and family, and then Benjamin Rabbit finds the top few inches that Mrs. Fox snipped off. And so it goes, until soon the whole countryside learns that it's simply "grand to have a tree--Exactly like Mr. Willowby."
There's many a lesson to be taken from this tale, about recycling and supply-side economics just for starters. But the cheerful illustrations of Robert Barry ensure that you'll have fun just watching as the ever-tinier tree gets passed on to ever-tinier families. (Ages 5 to 8) --Paul Hughes
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- Lexile measure : 660L
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385327213
- Dimensions : 8.63 x 0.34 x 11.13 inches
- ISBN-10 : 9780385327213
- ASIN : 0385327218
- Publisher : Doubleday Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (October 17, 2000)
- Reading level : 3 - 7 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And it has become expected with each new baby for my friends and family... it is a perfect gift ; date it and sign it ... it still sits on my now almost 20 yo daughter's shelf in her room..I have just given a copy to my great nephew ... the smiles and Christmas magic now have gone to the next generation...memories of nephews sitting all stuck together to see the pics and my daughter with her American girl doll close..all due to a wonderful story that I highly recommend and will continue to give to the Ones I love ... Thank you for a great tale of Christmas .
If you have a child or grandchild to whom you would like to read a lovely book with a delightful message and charming illustrations, this may become a lifetime favorite for him or her. It certainly has been for me.