Night Tree recounts a family's annual Christmas Eve outing to a nearby wood from a young boy's perspective. Each year they decorate a special tree with fruit, seeds, and strings of popcorn for the animals, returning home with a deep appreciation for the secrets of the great outdoors. Watercolor illustrations of apple-cheeked children and colorful figures against the backdrop of the dark forest exude a homey cheerfulness. Parents will take heart at this uplifting book that celebrates the spirit of the season. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
By moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods. “Sure to become a Christmas favorite, this beautifully illustrated story of a family’s unusual tradition brings to life the true spirit of Christmas.”--American Bookseller
EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.