This is such a great gift book when you need something for a confirmation or a baptism. At the beginning we meet three young trees with dreams of what they will become when they grow up. As life goes along, however, their dreams don't seem to be coming true. In fact, they end up having an even greater purpose than they had ever imagined. It's a simply told story with a powerful message for the child and, of course, for the adult who is doing the reading.
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25 pages 978-0745917436 Ages 6-10
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com **********
Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross.--from the publisher
There is also a board book version: 978-0745945934
Once upon a mountaintop, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. Each of their dreams come true in an unexpected way in this lovely retelling of an old folk tale. This Lion classic, beloved by young and old, is now retold in simpler text for younger readers.
Three trees are growing together on a hillside. Each tree has a dream. One dreams of becoming a treasure chest; the second dreams of becoming a sailing ship and the third wishes ""to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they will raise their eyes to heaven and think of God."
The day comes when woodcutters climb up their hillside in search of some very special trees. The first two trees are excited to see the woodcutters as they believe their dreams are about to come true. The third tree is worried.
One by one we learn the destiny of these three special trees. The first tree becomes a manger; the second tree becomes a fishing vessel that carries Jesus.
The third tree becomes the Cross upon which Jesus is crucified.
This is a powerful and moving folktale which will touch hearts young and old.
Recommended by: Barb Langridge