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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

O Christmas Tree - Jacqueline Farmer

Released July 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Filled with the history and lore of the Christmas tree, this picture book begins with a look at ancient times and how the Egyptians and Greeks used evergreens to celebrate the winter solstice. Then, as the author moves through the centuries, one sees how the fir tree tradition emerged until the Christmas tree became one of the icons of the holiday season.

Along with a cursory glimpse at various types of natural and artificial trees (remember the horrid aluminum and the plastic trees of the 1960s?) and the decorative options that have developed over the years, the author also offers a close look at the firs themselves.

Besides a guide that pictures the six most popular types of firs used during the holidays, you’ll also discover how tree farms function and what types of natural problems (insects, etc.) the tree growers must cope with.

From start to finish, this beautifully illustrated picture book offers an excellent look at the history and tradition that has grown up around the Christmas tree. I think every member of the family will enjoy this book and you’ll probably want to make reading it a holiday reading tradition for years to come.

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