Synopsis from Candlewick Press:
Part of the magic of the Christmas season stems from the traditions that families and friends take part in every year: hanging up stockings; putting lights in the windows; and, one of the most important of all, picking out and taking home the Christmas tree. With style and warmth, debut author Patricia Toht and Jarvis, the author-illustrator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, evoke all the rituals of decorating the tree — digging out boxes jam-packed with ornaments and tree trimmings, stringing tinsel, and, at long last, turning on those twinkling lights. Joyously drawn and rhythmically written, this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday season is as merry as the tradition it depicts.
A festive read-aloud brimming with all the joy and excitement of Christmastime — beginning, of course, with picking out a tree!
About: Pick a Pine Tree is a children’s Christmas picture book written by Patricia Toht and illustrated by Jarvis. It was published on 9/19/2017 by Candlewick Press, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s fiction, Christmas, and family. This book was the author’s debut and it was intended for readers ages 3 to 7, grades P to 2. According to the publisher’s website, Candlewick Press is committed to making the world a better place, not just through the books they publish but also in the way they work. Click HERE to learn about their green initiatives and their commitment to improving life in the community. Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Pick a Pine Tree for my toddler as a story time on 11/30/2021 and we finished it that same day. We read it again on 12/11/2021 for bedtime. An excellent book for young readers! This book made Christmas an exciting event for the whole family and even friends to celebrate together. I loved following the family in this story. They looked happy and excited. The boy ride the sled around the lot looking at different pine trees while his sister pulled him. The dog ran ahead. There were other families and kids looking at the trees too. I liked the different ways the trees can be brought home. Another family was shown to use the sled. I have never personally experienced with a real pine tree before. Reading this book definitely taught me how to take care of a pine tree from the lot to the house and all the way ’til Christmas. Though using reusable trees are much easier, but lacked the fresh scent of pine.
This book opened up to white snowflakes. Beautiful winter illustrations on the dedication/copyright page as well as title page of the book. Then the story began, following a family with two kids and a dog. They arrived at the pine tree lot. They looked around for a pine tree to buy. There were pine trees with many shapes and sizes for sale. The family then drove home with a pine tree secured on top of their car. At home they moved furnitures aside to make space for the tree. Then they prepared the tree by trimming the trunk before placing it on the stand to keep it upright. Then they watered the tree to keep its piney scent fresh. They brought out the decorations but before they put them up on the tree, they invited all of their friends for a decorating party. This story gave young readers a view into the process it took for a pine tree to transform itself into a Christmas Tree.
Pick a Pine Tree was well written and illustrated. I loved the illustrations starting from the first page. The winter wonderland with pine trees, deer, bunnies, fallen leaves, and white snow was beautiful. My toddler got to learn the names of many objects and animals in this story. I loved how the family worked together to set up the tree for decorations. I enjoyed the rhyming while reading this book. The author did a good job to include the decorations of the tree to the star above and the whole village below complete with train tracks! Young readers will be able to compare their decorating experiences when they read this story. The Christmas Tree at the end of the book was fantastic! I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Patricia Toht once owned a children’s bookshop called Never Never Land before turning a love of books into a love of writing. Pick a Pine Tree is her debut picture book. Patricia Toht lives in Chicago, Illinois. http://www.patriciatoht.com (Photo obtained from the author’s website and Info obtained from Candlewick’s website, Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
Jarvis is an illustrator and animator who has worked as both a record jacket designer and an animation director. He is the author-illustrator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth. Jarvis lives in Manchester, England. (Info obtained from Candlewick’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Candlewick Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.