"The Three Trees" by Elena Pasquali, Illustrated by Sophie Windham

5 STARS!!!!!
32 pages
Trim Size: 8.5 x 10.25
Publisher: Lion Children’s Books,
distributed by Kregel Publications
Publication: September 30, 2011
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. "

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR - ELENA PASQUALI worked for some years in children's publishing before going on to be an author in her own right. She has a special interest in retelling folk tales from around the world. SOPHIE WINDHAM has illustrated books for Bloomsbury and Orchard and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Unicorns! Unicorns! by Geraldine McCaughrean.

MY REVIEW - What a beautiful book and story! This wonderful hard cover book has the most beautiful, vivid colorful pictures. The story, as many of you already know is and old folktale. It actually brought me to tears reading it. Even thought I knew the story before, it was like reading it for the first time! This is a great read-a-loud story that would be good for discussion with younger children.

I took some pictures of the pages to give you an idea of the paintings -

Thank you Kregel Publications for giving me the chance to read and review this beautifully written and illustrated book!

Buy it from Barnes and Noble - HERE


  1. I have never heard of this book or story before, but it sounds so wonderful! I would love to get a look at this one someday!

  2. This looks so beautiful and touching. I love the gentle illustrations, they remind me of my childhood. Sounds like a great gift idea!

  3. Wow. thanks for sharing this story. It looks wonderful. Will have to try and get it for some Christmas gifts!
    C.K. Volnek


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