Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Three Trees by Elena Pasquali illustrated by Sophie Windham - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Three forest trees dream of what they will one day become. One dreams of becoming a royal throne; one of being a ship that can withstand any storm; and one longs to stay in the forest and grow as tall as tall can be. When they are felled, it seems their dreams are over. But as each tree is crafted into a new item--a manger, a fishing boat, and a rugged cross--it becomes clear that through the role they play in one important life their hopes are more than fulfilled.

My Thoughts:
A folktale sometimes uses inanimate objects as the character of the story, and this tale does so effectively. I'd use this book with children two to four years old, because the simplicity of the language is perfect to convey the message of the story. It also leaves the adult plenty of opportunity to expound and explain the truth of the gospel from start to finish. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and children will find lots to engage them as adults tell the tale.

This would make a perfect gift for any time of the year, and it will be one children will request over and over again. You can read a sample here.

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