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The Tale of Three Trees : A Traditional Folktale

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  14,532 ratings  ·  404 reviews
Once upon a mountaintop, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. Each of their dreams come true in an unexpected way in this lovely retelling of an old
Board book, 14 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Lion Children's Books; Lion Publishing (first published September 1st 1989)
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Brian Yahn
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy balls is there a good message in this clever, twist-filled fable. Although it's rife with religious overtones, it isn't preachy.

Must read!
Haley S
One of my favorite children's books!
Shanna Gonzalez
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zoey-kalley
God has a plan!! I came across this at a free book table during a children's event and picked it up for my girls. I had no idea what it was about, but it was one of the only age appropriate books I could find. So theres that... We read it the next day and I really enjoyed it. I wasn't expecting the Christian theme at all, but I loved the message, and how each tree fulfilled its dream in a way that helped Jesus. It brought up some good talking points with my girlies, both about how the trees got ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Christianity-themed book about serving your greater purpose with grace.
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.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story of three trees and their wishes and how the reality of what they became was much more than they ever could’ve thought possible. An old folktale with beautiful illustrations.
Nina Post
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a remarkable book.
The illustrations are beautiful and superb!
This story about the wishes of three trees
On a hilltop and what they dream to be.
I purchased it at a used bookstore on the recommendation
Of a young mother there.
This book is outstanding with a religious story but not at all
What I had expected.
I will be purchasing more for gifts going to children.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet Christmas story that I read with my partner and his mom on Christmas eve.
You could read this anytime, but it'd have special significance around Easter, Christmas, or a boat trip.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book ! It’s one of my all time favorites to read at Christmas time but I can’t get through it without crying... ever!
Read this as a buddy activity with Gr. 1 and Gr. 7 students. Both groups of kids really enjoyed it. Powerful message.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard this folktale story. It's a beautiful story and well illustrated and I LOVED it.
I felt joy after reading it.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolute favorite stories when I was little. Love this book!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Relyn by: Kelly Schmitz
One of my friends loaned this to me. She read it to her five-year-old son, and he understood the story long before they got to the end. Of course, I had to read it. How precious.
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.
Ashely Clark
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had totally forgotten about this book & came across it at Lifeway tonight while I was looking for a baby dedication gift. It is such a sweet book and I cried reading it. Sometimes we may not be where we think we should but God has a greater plan for us .... Just like he did for the three trees. Now, I have to go buy a copy for every child I know!
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 4-star, english, infantil
Comprei-o para oferecer à Jojo no NATAL!

Só me apareceu cá em casa passados meses.

Tive curiosidade e fiquei encantada.

Um simples conto cristão com uma mensagem lindíssima e com ilustrações para olhar e sonhar.

PS - Foi oferecido à Jojo com um pedido de desculpas por tamanho atraso :(
Beautiful words and beautiful pictures combined move me to tears. A story for everyone!
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember really liking this one in my evangelical days.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this story.
Danny Ho Kim
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
So good. made me cry. Something I would use for an Elementary Christian Curriculum.
Ruth Isaac
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a truly amazing story which is beautifully written... and you cannot help but be touched by it.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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!!
Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
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This is one of my absolute favorite Christian children's books. This particular edition is the most gorgeously illustrated by Tim Jonke, and I have loved it since I was a child. Now that I have a little one of my own, I love reading this story to her.

We follow three little growing trees that have very big dreams. All of them end up getting cut down to form much lesser versions of their dreams, but come to find out their seemingly h
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this modern fairytale-ish retelling of the birth of the Messiah. The first time I read it, I sobbed. It's become a tradition to read this book and one other before we open gifts on Christmas morning. Though we've been doing it for several years now, I still can't make it through without crying enough to make it difficult to read aloud. Last year, my son took over the reading for me. But that is a joy for me. To pass the reading of this book on to future generations would make m ...more
Mary Cadigan
This is one of my all time favorite books. The illustrations in this folktale are beautiful and the story is inspiring. It is the story of three trees that have big dreams. They each have a goal or an idea of what they would like to be and when the time comes for them to be chopped down, they soon discover that their plans don't work out the way they hoped...or do they? Eventually everything turns out for the trees and while they did not become exactly what they wanted at first, the route that l ...more
Hannah  Dahl
Traditional Literature
Early Primary (K-1)/ Primary (2-3)

This book has such a strong message. I remember be read this book when I was little and in Sunday School. I love how each tree doesn't fulfill their dreams in the way that they think they will, but that they end up fulfilling them even better than they could have ever imagined they would. I think it's such a well written story, very simple but so powerful. I also love the illustrations in this book. Again, they're simple but they're so powe
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. In it, there are three trees. The first tree wants to be a treasure chest, filled with treasure. The second tree wants to be a mighty boat, carrying powerful kings. The third tree wants to stay on the hill, and whenever someone looks at her, she wants them to look up to heaven. Later, they all get cut down, the first tree into a manger the second into a fishing boat, and the third, into lost of beams. Thy will still get what they want.
Read this book! It is really good.
I first read this story aloud with my 3 year old, enjoying the mellow illustrations and settling in for a somewhat typical folktale. But as the story progressed, we learned the mission of each of the trees and how their missions were beautifully ways much greater than any could have imagined. My boy couldn't understand why I kept stopping (to catch my words and wipe away tears). It was a beautiful lesson.
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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.

Now that her two children have reached their thirties, Angie and her husband live in Florid