Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Monday, November 7, 2011

THE THREE TREES - A Traditional Folktale by Elena Pasquali

It's Autumn, and what better time could there be to review a book called The Three Trees
I was pleased to be able to share this beautiful book with my daughters this month, and I'm happy to be able to tell you  a bit about it as well. I'll start with a little excerpt  about the book:

Three forest trees dream of what they will one day become. One dreams

of becoming a royal throne; one of being a ship that can withstand any

storm; and one longs to stay in the forest and grow as tall as tall can be.

When they are felled, it seems their dreams are over. But as each tree is

crafted into a new item—a manger, a fishing boat, and a rugged cross—it

becomes clear that through the role they play in one important life their

hopes are more than fulfilled.

This traditional folktale is accompanied by stylish artwork from a highly

soughtafter children’s book illustrator, and will help set the Christmas

and Easter stories into the overall context of the Christian faith.

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.

Filled with wonderfully rich illustrations, The Three Trees engages the reader from the very first page. Three trees dream of accomplishing great things in their lives, but are disappointed when it appears that they will be relegated to a painfully ordinary life.

It is only as Jesus crosses their respective paths that they realize that His presence with them makes their existence anything but ordinary, and ultimately, they find that each of their heart's desires does indeed come true.

Author Elena Pasquali has done a lovely job presenting us with the story of Jesus and how He takes our everyday circumstances to bring glory to Himself. Children and adults alike will find this book appealing and meaningful.

I absolutely love the illustrations, as there is always something on every page that I didn't notice previously. When our family wasn't looking through these pretty pages, its home was on a coffee table in the dining room, a pretty decoration in and of itself. An appropriate story for Christmas, Easter, and anytime in between, I highly recommend this one for you too!




32 pages

Trim Size: 8.5 x 10.25

Publisher: Lion Children’s Books,distributed by Kregel

Publication: September 30, 2011

*I received a free copy of the book The Three Trees - A Traditional Folktale in exchange for my honest opinion of it, with no additional compensation.*

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