Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect
Abingdon Press / 2012 / Paperback
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Every tree in the Royal Forest dreams of being picked by the Queen for her Christmas tree. Small Pine wishes that he could be the tree but his perfect branches and pines have become damaged from offering shelter and food to the forest animals. When the Queen sees this imperfect tree, she realizes that, in fact, it is the perfect Christmas tree for it is a reminder of the protection and love that we all seek in our Father. With beautiful illustration, this story makes a wonderful tradition for Christmas and Advent.
This special 25th anniversary edition includes a dressed up cover with glitter and a sticker sheet that children can use to decorate a picture of a pine tree in the back of the book.
Long, long ago, in a land far away, lived a perfect little tree named Small Pine. Small Pine hoped to maintain its perfect form and be selected by the Queen as her Christmas tree. But as the warm-hearted little tree gave shelter to birds, rabbits, and deer in the forest, its branches became damaged. Fortunately, the Queen had a different idea of perfection...
Young readers will want to read and reread the story of how Small Pine's love and charity for its friends helps make it the most "perfect" Christmas Tree of all.
This magnificently illustrated story of a warm-hearted Christmas tree will surely become one of the most beloved classics of future generations. Schneider's storytelling will enthrall children and adults alike.
Richard H. Schneider has been a journalist and author for more than fifty years and has written more than twenty books for adults and children. A former senior staff editor at Guideposts, an interfaith inspirational magazine, he is a World War II veteran. He and his wife, Betty, are residents of Rye, New York, where Schneider served as vice commander of Post 128 of the American Legion and a lay leader of the Rye United Methodist Church.
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