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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Three Trees





A beautifully illustrated picture book can be enjoyed by everyone. We have been reading the folktale of The Three Trees. This story is about three trees from long ago and the things they dreamed about becoming. After each tree was cut down they played a very important roll in the life of Jesus. This book shows what is important in life. One tree dreamed of becoming a beautiful chest used for holding great riches, he was made into a trough to feed animals but eventually held the precious treasure of all...baby Jesus. The second tree dreams of becoming a mighty ship used by a great king, he becomes a fishing boat that Jesus calms the storm from. The third tree just wants to stay on the hillside, pointing to heaven and he becomes the cross of Jesus. While reading this book the girls and I discussed the seasons of the weather and the seasons of life. We talked about how the greatest riches in life don't have anything to do with money and what we want to do with our life may not be what God has in store for us.


About the Author: Elena Pasquali studied romance languages at university and has a special interest in researching folk tales. She worked for some years in children's publishing before going on to be an author in her own right.
About the Illustrator: Sophie Windham has illustrated books for Bloomsbury and Orchard and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Unicorns! Unicorns! by Geraldine McCaughrean.

I received a free copy of The Three Trees from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my review of the book.



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