The third book is one of my absolute favourites and it’s truly a shame that you can no longer pick it up at your local bookshop. It’s called Little Tree, adapted from a poem of the same name by E.E. Cummings. Chris Raschka has written a truly lovely story version of Cummings’ poem about a Christmas tree’s journey to finding a home. Cummings’ poem is at the beginning of the book, followed by Raschka’s story interpretation. The illustrations, also by Raschka, are stunning. Soft watercolours and geometric shapes resemble modern stained glass and along with the main pictures, there are smaller vignettes of Santa’s activities that are fun for the older child to peruse.
I like to read this book on the day when we decorate our Christmas tree–it’s a nice way to introduce the activity. Although this story is simply written the lyricism within the writing and the intricate illustrations make this a book for all ages in my opinion. Basically, I can’t recommend this book highly enough, so if you are lucky enough to come across a copy at a garage sale or a second hand bookstore or in the library, grab it. You won’t be sorry.
Overall Rating: EX, for all ages.