“Almost exactly a month before Christmas, the trees arrived for the holiday. On the day before, the lot had been empty,” begins The Last Christmas Tree by Stephen Krensky with illustrations by Pascal Campion. And among the balsam firs, spruces, and pines sits a slightly hunched tree with a few branches missing.
Recommended for readers between the ages of three and five years old, The Last Christmas Tree tells the story of an imperfect tree waiting for the perfect home. At times the story is a little sad as holiday shoppers walk past the tree. But the tree remains hopeful, even as the imperfect tree remains the last tree in the lot. And, without spoiling the surprise, I was delighted by the happy ending to the book. My preschool daughter also seemed to enjoy the story of the last Christmas tree.
In addition to the heartwarming story, I also really love the illustrations in The Last Christmas Tree. The colors are bold and vibrant, reflecting the feeling of Christmastime. I particularly like that the pictures focus on the imperfect Christmas tree rather than the broader world. My preschooler liked looking over the illustrations while I read the book aloud, and my infant son seemed to enjoy looking at the pictures as well.
Final Verdict: The Last Christmas Tree written by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Pascal Campion is a sweet Christmas book for preschoolers and kindergarteners. With a story of hopefulness coupled with vibrant illustrations, the book is a perfect addition to a holiday reading list. My children and I give The Last Christmas Tree six enthusiastic thumbs up!
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Christmas Reading List: ‘The Last Christmas Tree’ Book Review © 2015 Heather Johnson
Cover of The Last Christmas Tree © 2015 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of The Last Christmas Tree © 2015 Heather Johnson