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The Tale of Three Trees

4.51 of 5 stars 4.51  ·  rating details  ·  11,198 ratings  ·  275 reviews

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
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
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.
Jordan Smith
Nov 14, 2015 Jordan Smith added it
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Summary: Three trees growing on a hilltop dream of grand futures, but when they are claimed by woodcutters, other things happen. One becomes a manger that holds the Christ child, another a humble fishing boat that carries Jesus and his followers, and the third is cut into stout timbers that become Jesus' cross. All three trees realize the power of God's love and know that what became of them was far better than the grandiose dreams they held in their youth.

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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
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!!
Love this story.
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
Kaytlyn Witcher
Oct 24, 2015 Kaytlyn Witcher added it
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This book is a traditional folktale that tells the story of three trees and how they are related to Christianity. The three trees all dream of something they want to be made into one day. Once they are all cut down, neither are made into what they wanted to be. However, once the messiah is born they are used in a different way but it still signifies what they originally wanted to become. One wanted to be a treasure chest, however became a trough. The trough held the treasure, the messiah. Once w ...more
I remember really liking this one in my evangelical days.
Melissa I
The Tale of Three Trees
A Traditional Folktale
Retold by Angela Elwell Hunt and Illustrated by Tim Jonke

Do you ever think you are not worth anything? Well, in the eyes of God we are worth everything! He has called us His own (Act 17:28) and He has a purpose and plan for each and every one of us if we are willing to follow and trust Him (Jeremiah 29:11 and Proverbs 3:5-6).

“For generations the tale of three trees has been handed down from parents to children, retold in churches at Christmas and Eas
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.

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
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
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
There is something about they way some children's books are written that make cry and make me remember them for years to come. This is one of those books. Its the simple telling of three different trees that had big dreams to become something of themselves. Little did they know they would play huge, historical roles that went beyond those dreams. This is the story of God's love through his son Jesus told from a different perspective that makes the story even sweeter and full of love.
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.
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
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!
MaKayla Holopirek
This traditional folktale is truly an amazing story that touched my heart. It was a creative way to tell the story of Christ's life. If I ever work for a Parochial school I would definitely use this book in my classroom. I feel both children and adults will enjoy the inspiring message told within this story.
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
Denae Christine
Excellent! I cried. Several times. Over a tree.
Our pastor chose to read this to us on Christmas Eve, but my sister had already introduced me to the book. Very emotional and perfectly shows that our vision of the future is not God's, and His way is better than ours. Also, it is just a touching story about some trees and the different ways they impacted Christ's life (or could have). Also, I love thinking about how everything (every rock and tree) is God's creation and has a purpose in His plan.
Oct 15, 2009 Janna added it
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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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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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