Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the most loved festive traditions, and Emerald Wood is no exception as the excited village children get creative with baubles and bows to transform the woodland. But it looks like they’ve missed one little tree…
Inspired by the children’s labour, the woodland creatures emerge to follow suit and gather berries and pine cones to decorate their own homes. When Rabbit comes across a lone tree, bereft of any adornments, he suddenly feels sad, and decides to donate his own pine cone.
Well, that’s looks nice. But it’s not really enough, so Rabbit enlists his fellow woodland inhabitants to do likewise.
One spontaneous act of generosity leads to another and in no time all the animals are making donations until the previously bare tree is looking the most handsome in the entire wood.
What’s more, these random acts of kindness have not eluded the eagle-eye and monitor of goodness Santa Claus
As another random act, this time of nature, provides the final finishing touch to the tree in the form of a shooting star, Santa rewards the animals’ thoughtfulness with a special gift for each.
With a cute cast of animal critters, this fun book also brings a festive message that everyone deserves a magical Christmas.
There’s also an added treat for young readers as the book features a stunning pop-out tree that unfolds from the last pages to make a three-dimensional tree and play pieces.
Fun fact Using small candles to light a Christmas tree dates back to the middle of the 17th century. Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882.
Did you know? In 1856, Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House. Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.