My Christmas Story Tree, written by bestselling author Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Gavin Scott, is a board book that sparkles with glitter and foil and leads little ones through the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree. Follow along to add the angel, ornaments, candy canes, lights, and finally place the star on the top of the tree while learning the story of the very first Christmas.
Come help me make a story tree with decorations bright. We’ll tell what happened long ago
on that first Christmas night.
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Mary Manz Simon earned a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, a master's degree from Erikson Institute of Loyola University, Chicago, and a doctorate from St. Louis University. Mary has taught preschool and kindergarten and at the junior college, undergraduate and graduate levels. She is a columnist for Parent Life and Christian Parenting Today magazines, a contributing editor for Christian Retailing, and a member of the advisory board for the Christian Family Book Club. Since her first book released in mid-1987, her books have sold more than 1.5 million copies and are available in nine languages, her nationally syndicated radio program airs daily on more than 200 stations and her magazine articles and national convention presentations reach thousands more each year.
Gavin Scott has been an independent illustrator since 2003, after graduating from The Arts Institute Bournemouth with a degree in Illustration of Natural History. He lives with his family in Somerset, England and works from his studio in his garden, illustrating for clients all over the world.
"So celebrate the story that you see upon my tree—a story sent from God above for all the world to see,” a little boy explains at the end of Dr. Mary Manz Simon’s book, My Christmas Story Tree. ~ What ~ This twenty-page board book that is cut out like a Christmas tree and has glitter on its front cover targets young children from preschool to second grade age. With no scary scenes, it is a story of a little boy decorating his Christmas tree as he explains how each added item relates to Jesus’s birth. In this rhyming tale, a cute brown-haired boy with his cat and dog in tow decorates his fir tree. As he adds an angel, ornament, candy canes, star, and lights, he compares them to God never changing, an angel talking to Mary, the nativity, shepherds, the star of Bethlehem, and Christ being born. ~ Why ~ This is a charming book that brings meaning to decorating a Christmas tree and focusing on our Savior’s birth. I like the way the book is laid out, especially the cat and dog that want to help the boy with his project. ~ Why Not ~ Those who have do not believe in Jesus and His birth may have no interest in this book. Due to two and three syllable words, it may be hard for beginner readers to comprehend. ~ Wish ~ I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. It would be helpful to include Scripture verses at the end for the reader to look up. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a Christmas book that correlates Christmas decorations to Jesus being born, this is an excellent and fun read. Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
MY CHRISTMAS STORY TREE is a cute story about a boy decorating the tree and why he puts an angel on the tree first, followed by the nativity, candy canes, shiny, glittery ornaments, and a star on top--not to mention the twinkly lights. The story is fiction, but a nice alternative to Santa Clause. Ultra-conservatives who don't celebrate Christmas because it has it's roots in pagan practices will of course not want to read this. However if you want a very light, friendly, not-preachy approach to why we decorate a Christmas tree with angels and stars and candy canes (etc) this is a good book. Also good for preschools, nurseries, and children's libraries. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own