Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

 

Another childhood favorite, Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by author/illustrator Robert Barry, was published in 1963.  The illustrations are cute and colorful and expressive and many of the pages have 2 or 3 small illustrations that break up the text into manageable chunks.

The text is written as a poem and tells the story of the Christmas tree purchased by the wealthy Mr. Willowby.  When the beautiful tree is placed in his drawing room, he discovers it is too tall and has Baxter the butler lop off the top.  Baxter presents the tree top to Miss Adelaide the upstairs maid, who makes the same discovery and implements the same solution.

The increasingly small pieces of the tree top find homes just in time for Christmas with Timm the gardener, Barnaby Bear, Frisky Fox, Benjamin Rabbit, and Mistletoe Mouse.

Young children will enjoy this simple rhyming story that lets them imagine that even the animals celebrate Christmas.

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