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Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

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List Price: £11.99


Hardcover: 40 Pages.

Published: 05 October 2017 by Walker Books

ISBN: 1406360600

EAN: 9781406360608

From Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth creator, Jarvis, and author Patty Toht, comes a beautiful, irresistible Christmas gift book that all begins with … picking a pine tree! Brimming over with the excitement of being with family at the festive season, a gorgeously rhythmical narrative accompanied by warm, joyful art celebrates all the familiar rituals of decorating the tree – from digging out jam-packed boxes of trimmings, stringing tinsel, to, at last, turning on those twinkly fairy lights.


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Christmas is Beginning.....

This is an ideal book to read in the run up to Christmas. It tells the

story of putting up a Christmas Tree from the choosing and buying,

decorating and then singing carols around it when completed. Not every

family will do everything in this book but there is enough there for

every child to recognise at least something.

The illustrations are

wonderful. Each double page opening is covered with a full illustration

with the text written on a paler section of the drawing. There isn't

much text, usually around five or six lines, so it doesn't detract from

the picture. There is plenty within the pictures for the younger

children to discover.

The story is written in rhyme. This mostly

works but there were a couple of places where it felt slightly contrived

and the rhyme didn't quite work.

This is an ideal pre-Christmas book

to help the younger members of the family get into the spirit of the

event. There are no religious or cultural references so this could

appeal to any family. I was particularly pleased to see "Mum" cutting

the tree to size with a saw!

This is a lovely book which would be

nice to read in the pre-Christmas period. I can't see it appealling at

any other time of year so there are a limited number of times it could

be read before the child gets too old.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

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