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What the little fir tree wore to the Christmas party
Ichikawa, Satomi.
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Uniform Title:
Robe de Noël. English
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Ignored while the other trees talk about how they will be dressed for Christmas, a small fir tree finds her dreams fulfilled on Christmas morning.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 54349.
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Christmas is coming! On the edge of the big forest, the fir trees stir with excitement. "What will I wear to the Christmas party?" each wonders. But the littlest fir tree is too shy to share her wish with the others. When a truck comes and takes the other trees away, the littlest tree thinks she will not attend the party at all! Then she discovers that she's not the only one left behind. The two new friends share their dreams, and on Christmas morning, discover they both have the perfect attire for the special day. In this enchanting holiday story, beloved artist Satomi Ichikawa combines gentle watercolor with gentle language to bring the spirit of Christmas to even the youngest child.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. A sweetly sentimental yuletide story, with an equally gentle moral. Some fir trees are talking among themselves about the coming Christmas party, and each imagines what to wear--not flowers, notes one, but lights or rainbows. The smallest tree is ignored, and when the others are cut down, she is left with only the oldest tree for company. He asks her dream, and the little tree speaks of Christmas raiment like the glow of the moon. The elder tree says he's too old for Christmas dreams. On Christmas morning, they awake to find the little tree covered in snow that makes her sparkle; the old tree's bent and gnarled branches also glisten with snow and are filled with birds. "And in this way they spend the most wonderful Christmas together." The watercolor illustrations give the trees distinctive form without anthropomorphizing them. Each page is bordered in Christmas red, and the text appears in black over the images or in white against that festive red. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

The fir trees are abuzz with talk of what they will wear to the fast-approaching "Christmas party." But when her neighbors are taken to the "party" by a man with a powerful saw, and she's left behind, the tiniest tree fears she'll never don the dress of her dreams. While the story line is a little hokey, Ichikawa's (Bravo, Tanya) precise touch makes the crisp evergreens in these delicate, wintry watercolors seem truly alive. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A sweet, spare story with lovely art. Ignored by all of the other evergreens in their discussions of what they will wear to a Christmas party, a tiny fir is upset about being left behind when the rest of the trees are cut down and hauled away in a truck. However, a bent, nearly bare tree has also been left behind, apparently because he is too old. The two of them share their dreams and stories about the season, and when it snows on Christmas morning, they feel well dressed for their own celebration. With its dramatic, impressionistic watercolor illustrations, this title is a good choice for those seeking an alternative to the many commercial books of the season. Pair it with Hans Christian Andersen's The Fir Tree (HarperCollins, 1970) for discussion purposes.-T. T. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.