Authors: The Curto Family & Rusty Fischer
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Good Times At Home LLC
Number of pages: 24
Recommended age: 3+
Son Rating: ★★★★★
Son Rating: ★★★★★
Mom Rating: ★★★★☆
Mom Rating: ★★★★☆
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary (Amazon): Alfred is a young tree at Carl’s Christmas Tree Farm in beautiful Spruce Creek, North Carolina. As all trees do, Alfred starts out with big hopes about being picked each Christmas to be a wonderfully decorated tree for the family he ‘inherits.’ Time passes and Alfred becomes disappointed that he has not been picked yet. To comfort him, his friend, Mr. Phipps, urges him to be patient and that one day he will be welcomed into a warm, inviting home for the perfect family. Does Alfred get his wish? Will he become a welcome addition to a loving family? Find out – read One Little Christmas Tree today!
What I liked and disliked about it: I liked that the little Christmas tree was cute and I liked the name Alfred – it’s a good tree name. I liked the pictures in the book. I really like the last one where Alfred has all the ornaments. I liked the pictures of his face. I felt sad when Alfred wasn’t getting picked at the tree farm, but then I was happy when he got chosen by the little boy. It was funny how he got the boy’s attention with the pine cone. I liked everything about this book and I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it.
My bottom line: This book was really cute and I want to read it every day. I think everybody would like this book. I want to give it 5.5 stars but my Mom won’t let me.
What I liked and disliked: We are introduced to Alfred, an adorable little Christmas tree growing in Carl’s Christmas Tree Farm, who is eager to be adopted by a loving family and to be “the center of their Christmas festivities”. The story’s simple message centers around the themes of patience, belonging, family, and the holiday spirit. This is a delightful tale to share with young children.
The illustrations in the book are adorable. The facial expressions on Alfred are priceless as he longs to be chosen year after year, but is sadly passed over until he finds his perfect match. Each picture of Alfred depicts precisely the emotions he is experiencing page by page as the story enfolds. We all loved the pictures.
I like how the story elicits a range of emotions from sadness, as we see Alfred being passed over year after year, to joy, as he is finally adopted into a family and is surrounded by the Christmas spirit. The book teaches us to be patient and to wait until what is meant to be comes to pass. This is an important life lesson for children and adults alike. Although, truth be told, Alfred does give destiny a bit of a nudge! 😉
One thing I did want to mention is that the word density in this book is a bit high. For example, one page has approximately 150 words. This may be an issue for children who don’t quite have a long enough attention span. The illustrations are fairly simple and do not change dramatically from page to page (until the last page) so some children may get a bit impatient waiting for the page to turn. Or, that may just be my children!
My bottom line: Alfred is an adorable little character who appears in two sequels, The Night After Christmas and Alfred’s Very Big Christmas. This is a sweet little book that families can enjoy reading together around Christmas-time. I would recommend it to families with children aged 3 years and older.
* One Little Christmas Tree was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
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