The Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
Simple and Lovely
Once there were three trees with very specific wishes. One, author Elena Pasquali writes in The Three Trees, wanted to be made into a chest that held treasure. Another wanted to be made into a ship holding a mighty king. The last tree was more content: "I want to stay here on the hillside, pointing to heaven."
Many years later, the trees are chopped down. The first two are eager to meet their destiny, but the third mourns: "Now my dream is over."
A carpenter takes the wood from the first tree and makes it into a feeding trough - not a treasure chest. The tree sighs at it's new, humble life. But then one night, a newborn baby is laid into the trough. "Suddenly the first tree knew that it was holding the greatest treasure the world had ever known."
A shipwright takes the wood from the second tree, but he makes it into a humble fisherman's boat - not the ship of a king. The tree sighs at it's dull life. But then one night, someone riding in the boat says "Peace. Be still." And the stormy sea turns calm. "And the second tree knew that it was carrying the mightiest king the world had ever known."
The wood from the third tree sits for a long time before someone hastily makes it into a cross. A man is attached to the cross, and the cross stands on a hillside. The man is removed and the cross is empty.
"Then came a bright dawn. By a miracle, the man who had died was seen alive again. The tree that had borne his death was now a symbol of his life. And the third tree knew that it would stand for ever, pointing to heaven."
What I Like: God will often use us in ways we do not expect - and even the most humble among us are useful to him: Two facts beautifully illustrated in The Three Trees. This tale is simple and well told, and is sure to become a favorite not just for Christmas and Easter, but all year long. The illustrations by Sophie Windham have a beautiful folk art feel to them, making this a book a visual treat, as well.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Kristina Seleshanko, Christian Children's Book Review
November 21, 2011
Wonderful children's book!
I have always enjoyed this children's book from the time I first read it as a child and even now as I am reading it to my own children.
The Three Trees is a traditional folktale that talks about, of course, three trees. Two trees want to be cut down and made into something great. The other tree doesn't want to be touched. It just wants to continue growing and pointing to heaven.
Years later, all the trees get cut down and are used for a purpose that was not what they were hoping for. I can't really tell you anymore or I'll spoil the book! The illustrations throughout this book are beautiful. They are very appealing to the eye and isn't crowding the pages.
If you have children, this would make a great stocking stuffer or present for any child who likes to read or be read to. It also opens the door for some questions to be asked from your children, which I always welcome that.
I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
November 10, 2011
Wonderfully illustrated Story
Three trees in the forest each have a different dream of what they want to become, and when they are cut down it seems as if their dreams just might be lost, but alas they are handcrafted into items that will be used by the king of kings, allowing them to full fill their dreams.
"Three Trees" is a book your children will want to reread, with it's captivating illustrations and powerful message of never giving up on your dream, and how God often allows us to achieve more than we can ever imagine. It's truly a book that would be a great read any time of the year but extra special at Christmas or Easter. Because it is a beautiful hard bound dust jacketed edition it would also make a lovely gift.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Kregel Publications for review."
November 10, 2011
Beautifully illustrated retelling of the folktale.
IÃ¢ÂÂll not forget the first time I heard the story of the three trees and how they had a dream Ã¢ÂÂ a dream to be something great, like everyone. I was at a co-op where the story was being told by a mom gifted with storytelling, and I remember how moved I was by this and thinking why I havenÃ¢ÂÂt I heard this story before? Using personification the trees are given personality and each has a dream, one wants to be a chest to carry treasure, the other wants to be made into a ship to carry a king and the last tree wants to stay on itÃ¢ÂÂs hill pointing to Heaven.
In this retelling of the traditional folktale, The Three Trees, retold by Elena Pasquali and illustrated by Sophie Windham you and your children will be pulled in to the story with the vibrant and colorful illustrations about the story of the three trees. With each treeÃ¢ÂÂs dream coming true in different ways, the pictures will help even the youngest listener to understand the overall meaning of the story.
When I read this with my children I found myself getting choked up, how would it feel to be one who held the newborn Christ child? How would I have felt to be the ship carrying Christ and His disciples? And ultimately how would it have felt to be the one who held Christ as He bled and died for the sins of all? Told in an engaging way with beautiful illustrations the book will be a treasured part of our home library for many years to come.
**I was given a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.
November 9, 2011