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The Tale of Three Trees

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Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross.

Hardcover, 25 pages
Published September 13th 1989 by David C. Cook (first published September 1st 1989)
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Shanna Gonzalez
This is a folktale about three trees who grow together on a hillside. Each voices a dream: one wants to become a treasure chest, one wishes to be a strong sailing ship, and the last wishes "to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they will raise their eyes to heaven and think of God." When three woodcutters climb their hill, the first two trees believe they are about to fulfill their dreams, while the third is dismayed. But all three dreams will have a surprising fulfillment: The fir ...more
Stephanie
I have loved this story since the first time I read it. I wish that I had found it before I became an adult! I am brought almost to tears every time I read this book. I absolutely love that the trees wind up being exactly what they wanted to be. Every class of students I have read this book to figured out that all of the trees helped Jesus Christ before I could tell them. This is a GREAT story to include in a classroom. I am not sure that I would read it aloud to a class in a public school becau ...more
Kathleen
This is one of those children's books that many adults love, but kids don't like. It's not very well written, and reads like a cheesy Christian e-mail forward. The trees have thoughts and feelings, even when they are cut down and sawed into boards. That's really weird when you think about it.
Danny Ho Kim
So good. made me cry. Something I would use for an Elementary Christian Curriculum.
Rachel
I loved this book; it is one of my new favorites!I loved it, because it filled my heart with hope.In the end the three trees get more than they wanted. When we wish or dream sometimes the outcome of that wish or dream is better than we imagined. Another reason I loved it is, because it reminds me of how precious Jesus Christ's life was. I will certainly read this book again, especially around Christmas time or Easter.
Ruth Isaac
Just a truly amazing story which is beautifully written... and you cannot help but be touched by it.
Molly Willaert
*This is a christian folktale. This book is about 3 trees on a hill, each with a specific goal in mind when they grown to become big, strong, tall trees. The first tree wants to be a treasure chest, to hold a magnificent treasure. The second tree wants to be a strong ship to sale the stream and river below. The last tree wants to stay on the hill and be the tallest tree ever. One day 3 woodcutters come to cut the trees down. Each tree does fulfill their dream. The first tree becomes the manger f ...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
This book, along with You Are Special, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Oh, the Places You'll Go!, is one of the best children's illustrated books ever written. The Tale of Three Trees is actually one of the few picture books that I still own. It's also a great book to use to teach theme and symbolism. :D
Melanie
This is a beautiful story we like to read together as a family around Easter time, but it's appropriate for Christmas, too. Beautiful pictures and words!!
Sandra
Love this story.
Greg
My wife and I were at a friend's Cheistmas party tonight. She is as much of a book hound as me, but being a librarian at an elementary school, she has a lot of her favorite children's Christmas season books on display at her house. The Tale of Three Trees was one of them. When she recommended it, I picked it up in a quiet moment and previewed it for my grandkids. It's a wonderful tale of how three trees become part of the life of Christ, from birth, to ministry, to death. It's short enough to be ...more
drowningmermaid
I remember really liking this one in my evangelical days.
Amy Hardy
This was great book for a new twist to tell about the Easter story from a new point of view. It's biblical story, that I feel will deeply touch children to help understand the significance of Christ's life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross. The way the author allows the dreams to come through in the book is a great surprise to them. It is heartfelt and very moving story. My favorite part is the gorgeous illustrations done by Tim Jonke. He really allows and moves the story to come alive.

Tabitha
Independent Reading: 2nd -4th grade

Hunt retold the traditonal folktale entitled,” The Tale of Three Trees”. I believe this was a cumulative folktale where the trees expressed what they wanted, then the text expounded upon actuality of what happened, to finally the wonderful outcome that they experienced. Jonke designed beautiful, realistic images that followed the progression of the plot and complemented the text. This folktale will appeal to children because it is simple to read, yet leaves a p
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Danet
I don't remember if I've read this book or not in the past, but the generally feeling I had while reading the book was extremely familiar. I felt as though I had read the story before. Considering that it talks about the life of Christ, a subject I'm very comfortable talking about, I suppose the affinity I felt with the book is understandable. In the story, the trees speak of their hopes and dreams. The first and second tree have theirs fulfilled in a bit of an unorthodox way, but they are able ...more
J.M.
I had heard this story before as an e-mail forward, so I was surprised and curious to read it in book format. I don't know how "traditional" a folktale this could be since it's a Christian-based story and most of our traditional folktales transcend Christianity (I know, I took a class on Folklore and Myth in college ~ I took a lot of neat classes as an English major).

In a nutshell, this is a story of three trees who desire to be used for a different (yet grand and noble) purpose, and each is use
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Melyy
The Tale of Three Trees is an amazing story I loved it! I can read this book over and over again and wont get tired! I highly recommend this book to anyone! It doesn't matter how old you are you will absolutely love this great tale! It is a very touching story about not giving up your dreams!! Always remember nothing is impossible for God, never give up your dreams.
Kristen
Kindergarten +.

The retelling of a traditional American folktale. The story of three trees with great aspirations for the future. One becomes a manger, one a fishing boat, and one a cross. All become proud in experiencing a part of Jesus' ministry.

Wonderful! Amazing illustrations! A fantastic story that all children, especially Christian, will love.
Amanda Zell
"The Tale of the Three Trees" is a wonderful book reminding the reader that everyone on this earth has a purpose they were destined to fulfill.

I remember reading this book in Sunday School and absolutely loving it! I read it again today and was again blown away at the profound message this that traditional folktale has to offer. This book is a great book for all ages, but I almost feel that it would have a greater affect with students in middle school or even high school. Those are the students
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Cajuntexasmom
Simple book about the legend of three trees, each of which has their own plans and dreams. Each tree finds themselves going down a path they are not happy with, until they realize in the end that their dreams were fulfilled after all. GREAT metaphor for life and how we sometimes don't see the bigger picture for our lived, but God does!
Alexa Maring
My parents used to read this book to me when I was growing up. We would talk about what I wanted to be when I grew up and how I wanted people to remember me. This book may be controversial in a public school, depending on what you school allows, but it is a great book to connect with students about their potential! All three trees turned into something beautiful in history. Let this be an opener for students talking about what their dreams are when they grown up and for their future. Let them di ...more
Janna
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As stated on the cover this is “a traditional folktale” but surprisingly it is also a religious story. The cover shows a dark picture with three trees and three men with axes which gave me the idea that it might be a little scary, but it turns out to be a story about Jesus. One of the distinct literary elements that makes this book an obvious folktale is the use of personification. The trees talk and have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up. One of the themes that I understood fr ...more
Melanie Johnson
There was once were three trees that sat on a mountaintop. Each one knew actaully what they want to be whne they grew up. The first one want to hold treasure, the second want to be a string sailing ship, and the third one didn't want to leave the mountaintop at all. Eachone had received their wish and they all was standing back at the mountaintop.
This traditional folktale that is advance and intermaidate is about the power of God's love to transform and renew. When I read this book I thought tha
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To call this book is just amazing. The good thing about this book has really good picture and the story line. They have really big pictures in every page and its really good drawing. It is easy to understand. i will love to read this book to kid on holiday.
Eddie
Hunt, Angela. The Tale of Three Trees. David C. Cook; 1st edition, 1989.
Theme: Fantasy
This book to me is a very simple tale expresses through pictures. The language is certainly good for younger children and maybe not so much middle school and high school. Dark colored pictures. The trees each have dreams of future glory until woodcutters chop them down. Faith in what you believe in up above. Not really a good read for me.
Terresa Smith
My English Teacher read this to our class when I was in high school. I loved the story of it so much my friend gave it to me as a graduation gift. It has such a strong moral to it. I now have given to my children to read and they enjoy it as well>
Lena
This may be one of my favorite children's books ever. I remember being so influenced by it as a child-- so absolutely touched at the concept. The fact that it left such an impression on me at such a young age speaks volumes about this book.
Angie
This is a cute children's story that shares the story of Christ's life from the perspective of three trees.
I loved this story. Though a simple story, it had a powerful message. I love that this book is written for children and adults alike.
Lluvia Almanza
Each tree serves a purpose in the life of the Lord. Each tree has a dream, and at the end realize their lives were more meaningful than what they originally had planned. This is my first time reading and discovering this folktale and I'm glad I did.
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Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over three million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

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