A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Is it any good?
This is a slight but inoffensive book for holiday reading. The classic style of illustration -- small animals in human clothing writ in great detail -- helps bolster the timelessness credentials of the story.
Treacle? Sure. And while parents may roll their eyes when requested to read it yet again, young children will root for the little tree and they'll be satisfied with the ending, which places a kid in the role of hero. A more soothing Christmas bedtime story is hard to imagine.