Thursday, December 22, 2011

"The Three Trees" Review

About the Book:

Three forest trees dream of what they will one day become. One dreams of becoming a royal throne; one of being a ship that can withstand any storm; and one longs to stay in the forest and grow as tall as tall can be. When they are felled, it seems their dreams are over. But as each tree is crafted into a new item--a manger, a fishing boat, and a rugged cross—it becomes clear that through the role they play in one important life, their hopes are more than fulfilled.
This traditional folktale is accompanied by stylish artwork from a highly sought-after children's book illustrator, and will help set the Christmas and Easter stories into the overall context of the Christian faith.

Author: Elena Pasquali   Illustrated by: Sophie Windham

Click here to find more information about this book and to read an excerpt.

 My Take:

When I recieved this book for review, I vaguely remembered having heard this story sometime in the past. So, I was eager to read it again and to see if it was as good as I remembered.

It was.

This is a touching tale of three trees who each have different dreams for their future. But what they become is far more than they ever could have dreamed. We especially enjoyed reading about the humble tree that becomes the cross on which our Savior dies for our sins.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The only thing that I thought was odd about them was that some of the people in the pictures are dressed in what looks like clothing from the prairie days in America:  dresses with aprons on the women and pants with suspenders on the men. I don't think that is the way people dressed in Israel at the time of Christ, so this part of the book just didn't ring true with me.

Apart from the somewhat odd clothing, the story in this book is amazing, and we enjoyed it very much.

I will give The Three Trees ... 4 Bookworms.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications as a review copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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