The Tiny Tree by Allan Plenderleith
|The Tiny Tree by Allan Plenderleith|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A tiny Christmas tree is accidentally cut down with the big trees. Will it be able to find someone who wants it as their tree?|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 48||Date: October 2015|
|Publisher: Ravette Publishing|
|External links: Author's website|
Deep down in the woods there was a tiny pine tree, stranded in a clearing and surrounded by BIG pine trees. She dreamed of being a big tree and hoped that one day she would be beautifully dressed and surrounded by laughter and love. The other trees thought that she was being silly. Actually, they were quite nasty to her and rather too full of themselves. Then one day the big machine came and started cutting down trees - and Tiny Tree was cut down by mistake. But who is going to want a tiny Christmas tree?
There is a happy ending, of course - this is Allan Plenderleith after all. I've met The Silly Satsuma, The Bonkers Banana and The Chicken and the Egg. My friend Zoe enjoyed The Christmas Carrot. They're all delightful books for the emerging reader, nicely presented and the perfect size for hands in which a big book feels a bit uncomfortable. That's exactly the same with The Tiny Tree, but for the first time I wasn't entirely comfortable with the story. I think it's because of the unreasonableness of the trees to not just one of their own but to one of their babies. I squirmed.
OK, it's probably me and if that doesn't worry you then you've got a nice story with plenty of quite exciting peril, a few gross smells (no - I'm not going to explain...) and a happy ending when Tiny Tree is adopted as their tree by some small animals. There's a message there about there always being someone who loves you for what you are and that you should be true to yourself and not try to be something you're not.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
It's not Christmassy, but if this book appeals then we can recommend The Little House by the Sea by Benedict Blathwayt.
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