The Littlest Evergreen
by Henry Cole
What it's about: An evergreen tree tells the events of his life, from sprouting to maturing. He begins his days in a forest, surrounded by his fellow evergreens, steadily growing and enjoying nature. One day, lumberjacks come and cut down his friends. Because of his small size, the "littlest evergreen" is dug out of the ground with his roots wrapped in a tarp. He is sold to a family, who decorates him for Christmas, before planting him in the yard, where he lives out the rest of his days.
Why read it: This story is incredibly simple, yet the perspective of the tree is fascinating. His thoughts are uncomplicated and full of sensory descriptions. He feels the wind, smells the air, hears the chain saw and sees Santa Claus. While the transition from the forest to the yard is filled with fear and complications, the tree finds happiness and a home. The illustrations are colorful and effortless, echoing the straightforward text. This book is perfect for younger children who wish to learn the origins of their Christmas tree.
-- Hadley Newton, Special to the Star-Telegram