Christmas Farm: When Wilma decides her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor.
When Wilma decides her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor.
Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become fine, full Christmas trees.
A cozy, holiday read-aloud and a lyrical way to usher in the month of December.
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A Few Reviews:
“This lovely tale celebrates intergenerational friendship and determination, growth and nature, and the joy of the holiday season.” —School Library Journal
“Ray tells her story in simple, lyrical language that focuses on the trees and their growth. She doesn’t have to spell out that Wilma and Parker are great friends and that shared goals and work forge strong bonds. All those aspects of the nuanced plot are apparent in the spare story and in the beautifully understated watercolor illustrations.”–Kirkus Reviews
“This is a wonderful book for grade school age kids! We have read it almost every night for months now and my kids look forward to it every night! The repetition of certain words makes this a fantastic book for building early reading skills, but it is so well written that as an adult you really don’t notice the repetition like you do with many other children’s books. I think it’s simply genius how subtle the repetition is in this sweet story. The illustrations are marvelous and the story is charming! Buy this book! It’s one of the most charming and useful children’s books I’ve ever found.” – Amazon Reviewer WASH824