Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
ISBN: 0385327218
EAN13: 9780385327213
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 17, 2000
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 0.39" H x 10.87" L x 8.27" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Give the gift of holiday spirit with this classic picture book that celebrates how one Christmas tree brings joy to a whole forest of critters

Christmas is here and Mr. Willowby's tree has arrived. There's just one big problem: The tree is too tall for his parlor He cuts off the top so it will fit, and soon the top of that tree is passed along again and again to bring holiday cheer to all the animals in the forest.

Kids will love watching the tree move from home to home, and families will appreciate the subtle message of conservation and recycling, as the tree top spreads joy to all.

This heartwarming story is the perfect way to start the yuletide season, and a warm addition to any family's festive holiday traditions.

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   So great I had to own it again, as an adult.
I am in the process of buying all my favorite books that I remember from my childhood. This is a relevant story that has become more prominent with the passing of time. When Mr Butler purchases his Christmas tree, it is just a little too tall for his ceiling, so his Willowby lops a foot or so off the top to make it fit in the parlor. When that tree gets thrown away instead of becoming trash, the neighborhood of the animals discovers a way to recycle it so that that a tree blesses many little fur families. If you have a child or a grandchild to whom you would like to read a beautiful book with a delightful message and charming illustrations, this may become a lifelong favorite for him or her. It has certainly been for me.
   Cutest Christmas story!
The cutest Christmas story is how a very large Christmas tree is cut at the top to fit the room and the leftover tops are then snatched and used by various people and animals. In the precious form of the rhyme, wise tory. It is one of our favorites.
   A Christmas Classic.
A favorite of mine from childhood. This is the story of how one giant Christmas tree provides for many families of critters as each family cuts just a little off the top so that it will fit in their house. To tell a great story, you don 't need a lot of color.
   One of the best Christmas books I have ever read
Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is one of the best Christmas books I ever read. Mr. Willowby is neither interesting nor lovable, he is his Christmas tree that is the real main character of the story. His tree undergoes a transformation and meets the many characters it meets on its journey.
   My favorite!!
I fell in love with Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree in the 1960s, when Captain Kangaroo used to read it at Christmas time every year. In 1966, my parents bought the book again and I still have my original copy! I was so excited when this book became available again a number of years ago. Every one of my children has a copy, which they now read to their children. I recited it to the grandchildren, nieces, and nephews at Christmas, well, I kind of read it ; I can read the entire book by heart! For us it is a wonderful family tradition!
   A lovely book in which the tip of a Christmas tree is shared by many!
In childhood, I loved this book because of the spirit of sharing and not just throwing away things that might be useful to others. This splendid Christmas tree is too large for Mr. Willowby's parlor, so his butler snips the top so that it will stand straight, the tip passes to the upstairs maid and then to the gardner, and on and on! Lots of people and families get to share in the magic and splendor of a Christmas tree of their own. I decided to read it aloud to all my children, from the nearly 14-year-old to the six-year-old. They loved it all. The rhymes are warm, the story is lyrical, and it was a perfect treat to curl up with them this holiday season, reading such a beautiful story.
   Wonderful Story!
Mr. Willowby had no idea that his too-tall Christmas tree would end up shared and enjoyed by so many. At each new home the top of the tree ends up being too high and another piece is cut off and shared. This story was written in 1963, but I never heard it until I came across it here on Amazon. It is written in a rhyme and this adds to the charm. I think that if you read it to a child, they would be held captive by where the tree ends up next. The illustrations are absolutely sweet to go with the adorable story.
   A childhood favorite! A classic!
As a child, I tried to get a copy of this book, when it was originally published in the 1960s and distributed through the Weekly Reader book club. I still have my non-colorized copy of this delightful story, which won my heart over 50 years ago. As librarian, I have often gifted it during Christmas story times and shared it with several young family members over the years. I even purchased this colorized version to add to my collection. This greatest purchase is for my new nephews. I hope that they enjoy it as much as I have over the years.
   A Must Have Holiday Book
A must have book collection for Christmas holidays. I wished to have known about this book when my children were growing up - now I share it with my grandchildren.
   A happy book
I bought this book long ago at a garage sale, when my children were little. I bought another because the grandkids like it and I was afraid that it would go out of print one day. It is a very nice book happy ending, different animals from different economic groups get the top of the tree, and it shows recycling! Once your child realizes that the cut top is going to another animal, a little excitement builds. But best of all, it has a happy ending and no heavy dark lesson to learn.