- The last Christmas tree, a short story by Riikka Ala-Harja | Books from Finland
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A hunch-backed, sparse-branched little tree with a huge Christmas spirit finds himself in a lot waiting to be sold.
He is so pumped and eager to go home with a family and spread the cheer of the holidays he can hardly contain himself. All the other tall, study trees are picked to go first, but this little guy gets overlooked time and time again and the shoppers laugh and mock him because of his looks. Even w This gem of a book will have you very emotional and definelty tug at your heart strings. Even when as a last resort the lot-owner furnishes him with a "FREE" sign, no one purchases him takes him home. There he is all alone, in a big empty lot, with no one to invite him into their warm home on this cold Christmas Eve.
Then a true Christmas miracle happens. A jolly, large guy in a red suit spies this sad, forlorn imperfect tree, picks him up and joyfully adopts him into his home.
The last Christmas tree, a short story by Riikka Ala-Harja | Books from Finland
The little misfit, throwaway tree, does find a place to belong and generate his goodwill and happy spirit Can you guess who took him home? Bet you can. This book is packed full of emotion and the illustrations therein are amazing. Colorful, vibrant and expressive, the illustrations bring the text alive and are so well done. I highly, highly recommend this book. Designed for ages Jan 23, Katie added it Shelves: children-s-literature.
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This book starts out on a Christmas tree lot with one little tree eagerly awaiting the moment when he gets bought. He dreams about the ornaments that will hang on him, and he cannot wait to go home with the sweet family he hopes will purchase him. All of the Christmas trees get bought except for the little tree.
He gets a sign hung on him that says for free, but he still never gets bought. Finally Santa shows up. He gets taken on Santa's sleigh to his new home. I love the way that the tree is pe This book starts out on a Christmas tree lot with one little tree eagerly awaiting the moment when he gets bought. I love the way that the tree is personified in this book. It makes you feel different emotions for the tree, and it makes you think of the tree as a little child. This book could be used in the classroom around Christmas time. You might have a student in your class who does not have a home and just wants a family for Christmas.
This would be a good book for that child in your class to read to show that someone loves them.
It also shows that good things are coming even if it does not seem like it. Jan 27, Marfita rated it it was ok Shelves: children-s. I'm getting too old for stories about Christmas trees anxious to be taken home. Mostly because I know what happens to them afterward. Christmas trees are more like the little mermaid. They sacrifice themselves for someone else's happiness and come to a sad end.
Now, I love Christmas trees. We have a dead one shedding needles every winter solstice. I love the smell of fir. The fact remains that it's dead and dying. The one in this story is more a glorified branch than an actual tree. It is finall I'm getting too old for stories about Christmas trees anxious to be taken home. It is finally adopted in the last seconds of Christmas by an unexpected visitor. Ho hum. Kids might like it.
Jan 01, Brodie rated it it was amazing Shelves: library-book. We re-read this almost every night leading up to Christmas. I just LOVE it! As someone who intentionally picks flowers that are beginning to droop, etc. I so wished this little tree was real so I could scoop it up to bring home. We will be starting a new Christmas tradition of bringing home the tiniest, least likely to get picked tree for the one my son will get to decorate since I have an artificial tree for myself.
I'm surprised to see the average rating of this book is only 4 stars because it We re-read this almost every night leading up to Christmas. I'm surprised to see the average rating of this book is only 4 stars because it's definitely a 5 star in my eyes! Nov 25, Erin Buhr rated it it was amazing. A Christmas Tree lot is bursting with trees, but none are more excited about the season than a tiny, pathetic tree. Days go by and no one notices the little tree until it is the last one left on Christmas Eve. Deserted and alone it sits until suddenly it is picked up and placed in a sled.
Krensky humanizes the small tree in a touching and childlike way. Beautifully illustrated to sparkle and ooze the light and spirit of the season. Lovely story about Christmas to snuggle in and share this holida A Christmas Tree lot is bursting with trees, but none are more excited about the season than a tiny, pathetic tree. Lovely story about Christmas to snuggle in and share this holiday season. A wonderful story that captures the magic of the Christmas season.
This is a book with a heartwarming story that children of all ages will love. Had it not been for a friend of who works at Penguin, I would not have even heard about this book. What is sad, because this has become one of my favorite children's Christmas books. The story is beautiful told.
The illustrations are lovely. This book is absolutely fabulous. I loved it! This is a Christmas book I highly recommend picking up. If you love A wonderful story that captures the magic of the Christmas season. The shopping centre loudspeakers are beeping out electronic Christmas tunes; there are patches of spruce needles on the empty parking lot. If you can call it a tree. He puts the tree under his arm and walks towards the boat club. No water has gathered on the tarp, the ropes are steady, the boat is fine. Just four more months and the ice will begin to melt.
Just five more months and he will be able to launch Helmi. Just five more months, and he will be able to raise the sails and go and visit the skerries, skirt the shoals, be free to sheet and reef. Suddenly from the ice comes a cry, someone is shouting for help.
Honkkila runs to the shore: a green woolly hat is bobbing amid the ice. Honkkila thinks for a second, runs back to Irja, grabs the Christmas tree and rushes across the ice toward the shouter. Honkkila holds on tight to the tree, Honkkila pulls. Gradually green hat begins to rise.
Lund inches his way slowly on to the ice. By the time Lund reaches Honkkila, he dares to stand up.
The men say nothing, just looking gravely at each other. They begin to run toward the boat club. Suddenly Lund stops and turns. Honkkila remains standing in his place, grasping the Christmas tree tightly in his hand. Honkkila leaves the tree at the main door. Are you looking for something easy to do with your kids as Christmas approaches?
They also like making ornaments, so I found that combining the two activities was always a win. Can you imagine anything more wonderful than snuggling up with a good book and then making some ornaments together!
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Then we have a simple Christmas ornament to go along with it. In this charming tale we meet a little Christmas tree. It is scrawny and imperfect, but is filled with the joy and hope of the season. The weeks go by and all the other trees get selected until finally the little tree is left alone in the lot. But the little tree remains hopeful, even when it seems unwanted and forgotten. This is a heart-warming and magical tale with an encouraging message. The language is simple, so it is the perfect story for lively preschoolers. Children will find themselves warming to the little tree, and they will be delighted when they see who finally takes it home.
Take your time with this book and try not to speed through the story. There is a lot going on in the illustrations. Point out the things in the pictures that interest you and encourage your child to do the same. Look at all the trees and notice some of the differences.