Cover image for The snow tree
The snow tree
Publication Information:
Great Britain : Templar, c1996
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
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Each of the animals brings an item found in nature to decorate a Christmas tree thereby adding color to a white and wintry world.


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Nature lovers of all ages will delight in this ornate Christmas picture book that celebrates the splendor of the natural world Lavish embossing on every page gently illuminates snow-covered hills and trees, bringing to life the frozen beauty of the woodland setting. A little black bear wakes up to find a wintry world of white all around him. He wonders where all the colors have gone, and steps out into the softly drifted snow to look for them. The cub is soon helped in his search by a whole host of animals, including a raccoon, a blue jay, a lynx, and an arctic fox who bring the brilliant colors of the forest to him, one by one. What the animals finally create together with their treasures is a magical symbol of the Christmas season and a timeless testimonial to the joy of friendship and sharing. Readers will be enchanted by the lovingly rendered woodland animal and forest scenes, as well as the poetic text printed in elegant calligraphy.

Reviews 2

Horn Book Review

A wintery landscape in raised relief on heavy paper provides the stage on which a bear cub, distressed by the endless white of the snow, searches for color. More animals join him bearing fall leaves, red berries, and other objects to put on the forest Christmas tree. The animals' overly serious tone ('My offering is to remind us of the green of spring, of new life after the sleep of winter') spoils a simple story by attempting--and failing--to be profound. From HORN BOOK 1997, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. A little bear awakens to find the world covered with snow and wonders, Where have all the colors gone? Other animals appear with offerings such as red berries, blue feathers, and green leaves, which they urge Little Bear to place on a Snow Tree. Each object serves as a reminder of "flowers and fruits from the forests and fields" or "the summer sky and the rolling waters of the river." The final tree illustrates the book's stated theme of celebrating natural beauty, peace, and friendship at Christmas. The white pages, embossed with patterns, serve as a snowy background for paintings of the animals and their colorful gifts. A shorter, less flowery text, would have been preferable, but this will still serve as a read-aloud, particularly for teachers seeking Christmas books without a biblical setting. --Carolyn Phelan