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The Good Little Christmas Tree

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This read-aloud story of a little pine tree's splendid quest to make himself more beautiful takes him right to the heart of Christmas. As he travels through a snow-covered forest, he exchanges his green needles for ornaments. But his reflection in a pool of water makes him ashamed to go home . . . until Father Christmas restores him to his original splendor.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 17th 1991 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1943)
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Jan 19, 2016 Jean rated it really liked it
What a heart-warming story! The Good Little Christmas Tree is an almost perfect Christmas tale for young children. It has magic, hope, goodness, generosity of spirit, selflessness - and a happy ending. Ursula Moray Williams wrote this story in 1942, but it has a timeless quality, and reads like a fable.

A poor peasant takes home a tiny Christmas tree for his children, and he and his wife hide it away in a sack behind the stove until Christmas day. They are sad that they have no money to decorate
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Dec 13, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
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This is a very nicely written book about caring, compassion and what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. I could see this book be one you could read to your family during Christmas Eve-Day. A poor family doesn't have much to give their children but the dad brings home a very small tree. They set it up after the children go to bed; but they worry that it won't be 'good' enough because all they had to decorate it was homemade cookies the mother made. But they knew in their hearts that thei ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this story, originally written in 1943, on Christmas Eve, which was most appropriate. A small Christmas tree, belonging to a poor family who have only cookies to hang on its branches as gifts for the children, goes off on Christmas Eve in search of more decorations and gifts. The tree trades its needles and some of its branches in exchange for items from people and animals it meets along the way. The illustrations, by Gillian Tyler, are not the originals, but have the feel of being from t ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Jack rated it liked it
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Reread for Christmas season 2015. I still imagine myself as the little Christmas tree. Can I give that much of myself to bring happiness? The story makes me think. I especially like the scene with the angels.
Dec 20, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Read this to my nephew the other day. It is a lovely tale that I found really heart warming and perfect for Christmas time.
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