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O Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree tradition has roots in many ancient cultures. Originally, it had little to do with gift-giving, reindeer, or elves. O CHRISTMAS TREE explores the history and traditions--from the tree's origins to the first tree lights and decorations--that led to how people enjoy these trees today. Also includes information about how these special evergreens are grown.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Charlesbridge
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 07, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Full of interesting information about the origins and development of the Christmas tree traditions, this book would make a nice resource for the home/classroom but it's a bit long and detailed for younger kids. The illustrations do a nice job of representing the subjects though they, like the text, are more of a presentation than a story or creative experience. Still, if you or your children are curious to know the history of the Christmas tree, from evergreen traditions of ancient Egypt and Rom ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
This non-fiction picture book is packed with information on the history of the Christmas tree. The timeline begins in 1300 BCE Egypt when families used palm branches to decorate their homes to celebrate winter solstice through celebrations in ancient Rome and the festival Saturnalia, to Boniface (a British missionary--the first person to note the fir tree as a symbol for the Holy Trinity) and miracle plays (16th century) and a story about Martin Luther and his own tree. When Germans brought Chri ...more
This is a really terrific resource for the classroom or for families interested in the history of the Christmas tree. The first half of the book traces the use of evergreens in winter solstice celebrations and how trees became associated with Christmas and even traces different decorating trends throughout the ages. The second half of the book talks about how Christmas trees are grown. Great dual topics! The writing is very accessible, the illustrations are helpful (though photographs would have ...more