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, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.
The late TED RAND was the esteemed illustrator of many picture books, including Eve Bunting's Secret Place and The Memory String.