Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Three Trees - Book Tour

9780825425905 The Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
by Elena Pasquali
Illustrated by Sophie Windham
Publisher: Lion Children’s Books,
distributed by Kregel Publications
ISBN: 978-0-7459-6289-4
32 pages, Kids 4+

My Thoughts:
The Three Trees is the story that tells the story of the birth, the life and the death of Christ. It's basically the story of how 3 trees grew up and then were cut down. The first one wished for riches, the second wished for power and to be made into a proud ship to carry a mighty king and the third only wanted to point the way to heaven. As they are made into a cradle, a small boat and into boards left in the weather each thinks it's dreams are over. Very simply written, each illustration beautifully shows the story and combined both tell the story so both children and adults can learn and understand what Christ did for each person on this earth.

It is so hard to write a description that won't give away the story completely - One of the things I loved about the illustrations is that the opening of the story begins with the artists rendition of "the 4 seasons"  which is one of my favorite pieces of art by almost all artists. I also loved how the story is written from the view of a tree - what a different concept and since the look of a tree never changes everyone can identify with something they have seen no matter where they live in this world (not everyone knows what a manger is, or has been on a boat or even seen what a cross looks like). Every family should have a copy of this book on their coffee table. It's perfect for Christmas, Easter and any other day of the year.

About the Author:
Elena Pasquali studied romance languages at university and has a special interest in researching folk tales. She worked for some years in children's publishing before going on to be an author in her own right.

About the Illustrator:
Sophie Windham has illustrated books for Bloomsbury and Orchard and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Unicorns! Unicorns! by Geraldine McCaughrean.

The Three Trees will be on tour November 7-11 - Your code for The Imagination Station Giveaway is: O Holy Night

Much thanks to Kregel Publishing for sending The Three Trees for review on Classic Children's Books. I was not required to do a positive review and no money exchanged hands.


  1. Looks like a beautiful book!

  2. This book sounds amazing and I really want to go find a copy for my family.