Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains

The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains. Annie Silvestro. Illustrated by Paola Zakimi. 2018. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: A pine tree grew in the farthest corner of the tree farm. She sat alone on a small patch of land that bordered the train track.

Premise/plot: A pine tree on a tree farm love, love, loves trains. He's chosen to be a Christmas tree by a boy who love, love, loves trains. This book tells of his life before and after. (I was so pleased there was an after.)

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. I enjoyed the descriptive writing.
The tree loved the trains--their speed, their click-clacking wheels, their powerful engines. When she heard the rumbling in the distance, the tree would stand tall, her needles tingling, then...ZOOM! Her branches would ripple in the wind as the train roared past.
The writing is so expressive. In just a few words, I was able to learn everything I needed to know to love this boy--and this tree.
One morning a little boy ran all the way to the farthest corner of the tree farm. He planned to pick a Christmas tree, but first he hoped to see a train. He watched the track. He waited. Then...ZOOM! His hair rippled in the wind as the train roared past. The boy smiled. He noticed the tree. She seemed to be smiling too.
The story was SATISFYING from cover to cover. (I loved the beginning, the middle, and the end.) It was so delightful to know that there was a happy ending--the tree would go back to being a tree. This was not The Giving Tree.

Original audience born circa 2011-2016.

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations 5 out of 5
Total: 10 out of 10

© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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