Cover image for The last Christmas tree
Title:
The last Christmas tree
Author:
Krensky, Stephen.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
An eager little Christmas tree, not very tall or well-shaped, is the last on the lot but when it seems all hope of being covered with lights and ornaments is lost, a special person comes to take him home.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780803737570
Format :
Book

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A "heartwarming, magical tale " --SLJ

Among the grand balsam firs and pines at the Christmas tree lot is a little hunched tree that is missing several branches. Still, no tree is more filled with the spirit of Christmas. As the weeks go by, many others are selected but still the little tree keeps up its hope of finding the perfect family. On Christmas Eve, now the last tree in the lot, a special visitor (Ho, Ho, Ho!) might just give the little tree what it wants most of all.


Author Notes

Stephen Krensky is the author of more than one hundred books for children. He and his wife, Joan, live in Lexington, Massachusetts, where they celebrate a great many holidays.
Pascal Campion is a French American illustrator and animator. He lives with his family in San Francisco, California.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Awww. There have been other stories about trees that didn't get chosen from the lots, but this one particularly tugs at the heartstrings. The little tree may be scrawny, but it's hopeful when its bustling lot opens. Then, one by one, fuller, prettier trees head home with happy families. Finally, on Christmas Eve, the tree is left with a sign that says, free. Then a Christmas miracle! A glow of lights, the sound of bells, a sleigh appears, and the little tree is whisked to the North Pole and spends Christmas with Santa. Krensky writes simply but with real emotion, and Campion's acrylic artwork is sturdy yet moving.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Where's Charlie Brown when you need him? A tiny, scraggly evergreen tries to keep up its hopes for going home with a kind family as the surrounding balsam firs and spruces in the Christmas tree lot are snapped up. But no Schulz character (nor anyone else) takes an interest, even when the forlorn tree is left alone and marked down to "free" on Christmas Eve. Happily, a surprise hero of another sort-who pilots a flying sleigh-arrives to make the tree part of a special delivery. Though the story's theme is familiar, Krensky avoids slipping into schmaltzy territory. Campion's digitally rendered scenes have a loose, painterly flair, capturing moods of happy holiday bustle and the lonely, quiet expanse of an empty city lot with equal success. Ages 3-5. Illustrator's agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-In a parking lot full of beautiful firs, spruces, and pines stands one scrawny little tree, filled with the spirit of the season and hoping to be purchased. The weeks go by, and the other trees get selected, but not this one--not even for free. Then on Christmas Eve, the little tree, now standing alone, hears a jingling sound; out of the sky appears a man in a red suit and a sleigh, who whisks the tree high up into the sky, and then down to his own magical home where a warm hearth and presents await. This heartwarming, magical tale with an encouraging message is simply told, easily reaching a young audience. The full-color acrylic, cartoon illustrations enhance the mood of the story. Great for one-on-one reading or storytime.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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