Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 3 of the 25 Days Christmas: The Finest Christmas Tree

A look at the possibilities of Christmas through the eyes of a Christmas tree farmer!

Hassett, John and Ann.
The Finest Christmas Tree.
September 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Children will learn quickly what it means to be a Christmas Tree farmer and just how much farmers rely on their crops in this Christmas-y tale! When Farmer Tuttle's Christmas trees are no longer wanted by people (replaced by plastic Christmas trees that can be reused year after year), he is unable to purchase his wife a new Christmas hat and the Christmas season is looking pretty bleak. Just when all hope looks lost, someone sends Farmer Tuttle a tree asking for the finest Christmas tree on his tree farm. However, no one shows up to "buy" the tree as Farmer Tuttle had expected. He quickly discovers that hope is not to be lost, as when the "finest" tree on the lot has been cut down, in its place, Farmer Tuttle discovers a brand new Christmas hat - the exact gift he was hoping for for his wife!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • Make this Christmas a Christmas for your local Christmas Tree farmer to remember. When you head out to cut down your family's Christmas tree, leave behind a little something for the Christmas tree farmer - just something little, but enough to show him/her just how important their crop is to your family!
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