Christmas Farm

Hardcover | October 1, 2008

byMary Lyn RayIllustratorBarry Root

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When Wilma decides that her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become Christmas trees. This companion to the award-winning Pumpkins: A Story for a Field is a lyrical, behind-the-scenes look at the intricate lives of Christmas trees. Includes an author's note about the history and cultivation of Christmas trees.

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When Wilma decides that her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become Christmas trees. ...

MARY LYN RAY has written many acclaimed books for children, including A Violin for Elva, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; New York Times best-seller Stars , illustrated by Marla Frazee; Pumpkins , illustrated by Barry Root; and Red Rubber Boot Day and Mud , both illustrated by Lauren Stringer. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshire. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 4.46 × 10.02 × 0.38 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152162909

ISBN - 13:9780152162900

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Christmas Story This is a great Christmas story, that I bought for my niece, with an excellent moral/perspective at the end that I hadn't thought of before. My family has a hobby Christmas tree farm that we recently started and this year would be our first year to cut the trees and my family all thought it would be kind of sad to cut them down. After this story (sorry no spoilers) my perspective has changed and it makes me happy for another family to share in the Christmas Spirit that we have grown. The artwork is also very beautiful and serene. This will definitely be a perfect bed time story to read with my niece.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book Beautiful illustrations and a lovely story.
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic Christmas story to treasure I read this book aloud to my children. The story is about a woman named Wilma who loves to garden but wants something more of a challenge than the same old petunias and sunflowers. While chopping down a tree (I love this independent woman!) in the forest on her property, she realizes that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to grow their own Christmas trees. And so her plan begins to grow a Christmas tree farm. With the help of the five-year old boy next door named Parker, Wilma measures the rows, digs the holes, and plants the seedlings. Parker continues to help Wilma over the years watching the seedlings grow more each year, and he learns it takes a lot of work to ensure that the seedlings survive! Not all of them do, and some are lost each year to wildlife and the inclement weather. With careful nurturing, the majority of the trees survive. After five years' growth, they are ready to be sold as Christmas trees! This is a feel-good Christmas story! Parker learns the value of hard work, and Wilma and Parker both are filled with joy knowing that their Christmas trees are bringing smiles to the faces of young and old alike. Ray includes additional information at the end of the book about the history of Christmas trees, which we found very interesting! We all loved this book, and it is a great addition to your seasonal reading! MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it!!
Date published: 2011-12-24

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Ray tells her story in simple, lyrical language that focuses on the trees and their growth. She doesn't have to spell out that Wilma and Parker are great friends and that shared goals and work forge strong bonds. All those aspects of the nuanced plot are apparent in the spare story and in the beautifully understated watercolor illustrations." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review, 11/1/08"