Monday, November 24, 2014

The Christmas Tree Elf by Valentine D'Arcy Sheldon

Normally on Mondays I like to highlight middle grade, but with the holiday season upon us, such cute Christmas picture books are released. I've found a few that I like, and over the next few Monday's I'll share them. Today I am looking at The Christmas Tree Elf by Valenitne D'Arcy Sheldon.

This is such a sweet story with a slight country kick. Momma and Santa Claus like to walk through the Christmas tree forest during the holidays. They both wonder how the trees' are decorated so brilliantly. The next Christmas, Santa surprises Momma with her very own tree inside. She is delighted and together they decorate it and enjoy the lights. However, because this is the first indoor Christmas tree, the Claus' don't know how to take care of it, and due to lack of water it dries out and later catches on fire. Surprise! Out pops a Christmas tree elf, the elf that raised the tree from a seed out in the forest. Momma and Santa Claus learn all about keeping a Christmas tree healthy, and in the process, they make lots of elf friends. Friends that need jobs when it is not Christmas tree time, and voila, Santa has his helper elves.

The country kick comes from our friendly elf, who wears a hat like a cowboy and dips his head in courtesy. I was surprised by the story itself. At first, I thought it would just be about Santa's helpers, but then it involved into such a crafty way to explain Christmas trees and how elves ended up at the North Pole, that I was delighted. The illustrations are bright and bold, perfect for little readers to look at while they follow along with the story. They aren't the most imaginative images, but I think kids will like seeing the realism.

4 Stars!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds very cute. Thanks for the review.