Title: My Christmas Story Tree
Author: Dr. Mary Manz Simon
Illustrator: Gavin Scott
“So celebrate the story that you see upon my tree—a story sent from God above for all the world to see,” a little boy explains at the end of Dr. Mary Manz Simon’s book, My Christmas Story Tree.
~ What ~
This twenty-page board book that is cut out like a Christmas tree and has glitter on its front cover targets young children from preschool to second grade age. With no scary scenes, it is a story of a little boy decorating his Christmas tree as he explains how each added item relates to Jesus’s birth.
In this rhyming tale, a cute brown-haired boy with his cat and dog in tow decorates his fir tree. As he adds an angel, ornament, candy canes, star, and lights, he compares them to God never changing, an angel talking to Mary, the nativity, shepherds, the star of Bethlehem, and Christ being born.
~ Why ~
This is a charming book that brings meaning to decorating a Christmas tree and focusing on our Savior’s birth. I like the way the book is laid out, especially the cat and dog that want to help the boy with his project.
~ Why Not ~
Those who have do not believe in Jesus and His birth may have no interest in this book. Due to two and three syllable words, it may be hard for beginner readers to comprehend.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. It would be helpful to include Scripture verses at the end for the reader to look up.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Christmas book that correlates Christmas decorations to Jesus being born, this is an excellent and fun read.
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-christmas-story-tree-mary-manz-simon/1128138039