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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree [Hardcover]

By Robert Barry (Author) & Robert Barry (Illustrator)
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When Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is so tall that he has to cut the top off, he unwittingly provides trees for various people and animals.

Publishers Description
"Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree
Came by special delivery.
Full and fresh and glistening green--
The biggest tree he'd ever seen."
That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn't stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 247
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/25/2000 page 74
  • Booklist - 09/01/2000 page 129
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 247

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.18" Width: 8.74" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 17, 2000
Publisher   Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Age  8-8
ISBN  0385327218  
ISBN13  9780385327213  

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

Reviews - What do customers think about Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree?

Charming, endearing, and timeless!   Feb 16, 2008
This has always been my favorite Christmas Book (just edging out "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by a glowing-red nose!). I'm happy to say that I own an original first printing of both books, but it's "Willowby" that I continue to purchase, year after year, for my friends and their children.

The charm of this story lies in the "one person's discards are another person's treasures" category. The oversufficient tree that old man Willowby brings into his mansion is snipped on top to clear his cathedral ceiling, and every recipient into whose hands the pruned remnant falls must perform the same whittling fix to adapt the orphaned fir to his own, progressively more spartan, hovel. Passing from maidservant to gardener to a scavenging bear and other various critters, after smaller and smaller sprigs make the rounds throughout the countryside near Willowby's estate, the last one eventually ends up with a family of mice who just happen to live in Mr. Willowby's wall! Thus, one huge tree is inadvertently able to make everyone's Christmas a bit brighter! Joy to the world!

Robert Barry's verses are easily read, and are exquisitely enhanced by the accompanying artwork -- especially the portrayal of the Benjamin Rabbit family. Too cute! While "Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" is no doubt a children's story, at Christmas aren't we really ALL children? And what better way to enjoy one's Yuletide holiday than with a delightful, uplifting tale where everyone wins?
Very cute & entertaining!  Jan 30, 2008
All three of my boys (3, 7 & 9.5) really enjoyed this book. It magically appeared on our dining room table on Xmas Eve 2007. We read it together more than once and all gave it glowing reviews!
My all-time favorite Christmas story!  Jan 7, 2008
This is a marvelous story that tells of one Christmas tree that is far too much for just one person. The tree is trimmed, and shared, and trimmed, and shared, and trimmed, and shared until far more people than Mr. Willoby alone, along with many animal families, have a bit of the tree to add beauty to their Christmas festivities! The rhyming text makes it a fun story to read aloud to children!
Creative story  Jan 7, 2008
I always buy a Christmas-themed picture book for my children to read to them on Christmas Eve before bedtime. I got this one for my eight-year-old who is reading on a sixth grade level. Turns out we are never too old or too advanced to enjoy a good picture book. She loved the predictability of the story, and so did my six-year-old.
Mr. Willougby's Christmas Tree  Dec 21, 2007
Truly one of the best Christmas stories ever! We have 5 grandchildren and it's their favorite !!

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