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Reviews for The Tale of Three Trees : A Traditional Folktale:

5

Oct 04, 2015

Holy balls is there a good message in this clever, twist-filled fable. Although it's rife with religious overtones, it isn't preachy.

Must read!
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Feb 20, 2017

God has a plan!! I came across this at a free book table during a children's event and picked it up for my girls. I had no idea what it was about, but it was one of the only age appropriate books I could find. So theres that... We read it the next day and I really enjoyed it. I wasn't expecting the Christian theme at all, but I loved the message, and how each tree fulfilled its dream in a way that helped Jesus. It brought up some good talking points with my girlies, both about how the trees got God has a plan!! I came across this at a free book table during a children's event and picked it up for my girls. I had no idea what it was about, but it was one of the only age appropriate books I could find. So theres that... We read it the next day and I really enjoyed it. I wasn't expecting the Christian theme at all, but I loved the message, and how each tree fulfilled its dream in a way that helped Jesus. It brought up some good talking points with my girlies, both about how the trees got what they wanted in ways that were not expected, and about different aspects of the story of Jesus Christ. Good find :-) ...more
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Sep 26, 2019

I grew up in a Christian home, and was baptized into the faith well over a decade and a half ago; how am I just now hearing this story?

I do remember seeing this book advertised years ago, and kind of figured what the three trees would end up becoming, given that I saw it in a Christian catalog. (CBD, maybe? I'm not sure.)

Still, it's a touching story, and beautifully illustrated. Now, I can say that I've read it!
5

Aug 19, 2009

This is a folktale about three trees who grow together on a hillside. Each voices a dream: one wants to become a treasure chest, one wishes to be a strong sailing ship, and the last wishes "to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they will raise their eyes to heaven and think of God." When three woodcutters climb their hill, the first two trees believe they are about to fulfill their dreams, while the third is dismayed. But all three dreams will have a surprising fulfillment: The This is a folktale about three trees who grow together on a hillside. Each voices a dream: one wants to become a treasure chest, one wishes to be a strong sailing ship, and the last wishes "to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they will raise their eyes to heaven and think of God." When three woodcutters climb their hill, the first two trees believe they are about to fulfill their dreams, while the third is dismayed. But all three dreams will have a surprising fulfillment: The first tree becomes a manger for animals, which one day receives Jesus, "the greatest treasure of the world." The second becomes a dirty fishing vessel, which carries Jesus as he hushes the wind and waves with his voice. The third becomes the Cross upon which Jesus is crucified -- so "every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God."

This lovely tale illustrates the truth that although God's decisions regarding the lives of His creations may seem inscrutable, He is always working for good purposes (Romans 8:28). In having the trees as protagonists, the story also expresses that the creation, although marked by humanity's fallenness (Romans 8:19-21), yet expresses His design and purpose to glorify Himself (Revelation 4:11; Luke 19:40).

While the book does not present the full story of Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection to restore humanity to God (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Peter 3:18), it is an excellent complement to the story. This would make a good addition both to your Christmas and Easter reading basket. ...more
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Dec 10, 2019

Timeless Christmas tree that want to matter, to hold the greatest treasure; reach the highest point; and carry on...

As often happens in life, they accomplish their goals by first being humbled, even destroyed. Dying to self in order to truly live.
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Jun 08, 2010

This is one of those children's books that many adults love, but kids don't like. It's not very well written, and reads like a cheesy Christian e-mail forward. The trees have thoughts and feelings, even when they are cut down and sawed into boards. That's really weird when you think about it.
5

May 08, 2018

A great story of three trees and their wishes and how the reality of what they became was much more than they ever couldve thought possible. An old folktale with beautiful illustrations. A great story of three trees and their wishes and how the reality of what they became was much more than they ever could’ve thought possible. An old folktale with beautiful illustrations. ...more
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Dec 01, 2018

Christianity-themed book about serving your greater purpose with grace.
5

May 08, 2018

I had never heard this folktale story. It's a beautiful story and well illustrated and I LOVED it.
I felt joy after reading it.
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Dec 28, 2014

The story of three trees and their dreams. They were used by God but in a somewhat different fashion than they had hoped for.

A great story to read around Christmas and Easter.
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Nov 06, 2014

Just a truly amazing story which is beautifully written... and you cannot help but be touched by it.
5

Apr 26, 2018

Beautiful words and beautiful pictures combined move me to tears. A story for everyone!
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Dec 15, 2010

This is a beautiful story we like to read together as a family around Easter time, but it's appropriate for Christmas, too. Beautiful pictures and words!!
5

May 14, 2015

So good. made me cry. Something I would use for an Elementary Christian Curriculum.
5

May 19, 2016

I had totally forgotten about this book & came across it at Lifeway tonight while I was looking for a baby dedication gift. It is such a sweet book and I cried reading it. Sometimes we may not be where we think we should but God has a greater plan for us .... Just like he did for the three trees. Now, I have to go buy a copy for every child I know!
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Jun 10, 2013

I loved this book; it is one of my new favorites!I loved it, because it filled my heart with hope.In the end the three trees get more than they wanted. When we wish or dream sometimes the outcome of that wish or dream is better than we imagined. Another reason I loved it is, because it reminds me of how precious Jesus Christ's life was. I will certainly read this book again, especially around Christmas time or Easter.
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Jan 25, 2018

One of my friends loaned this to me. She read it to her five-year-old son, and he understood the story long before they got to the end. Of course, I had to read it. How precious.
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Mar 17, 2017

One of my absolute favorite stories when I was little. Love this book!
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Jan 19, 2018

I love this book ! Its one of my all time favorites to read at Christmas time but I cant get through it without crying... ever! I love this book ! It’s one of my all time favorites to read at Christmas time but I can’t get through it without crying... ever! ...more
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Dec 26, 2017

This is a sweet Christmas story that I read with my partner and his mom on Christmas eve.
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Aug 20, 2018

You could read this anytime, but it'd have special significance around Easter, Christmas, or a boat trip.
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Jun 04, 2019

Sadie read this book to me, she said it is her favorite book. I really enjoyed this book it has a very meaningful message, and I really loved having Sadie read it for me.
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Mar 10, 2019

What a remarkable book.
The illustrations are beautiful and superb!
This story about the wishes of three trees
On a hilltop and what they dream to be.
I purchased it at a used bookstore on the recommendation
Of a young mother there.
This book is outstanding with a religious story but not at all
What I had expected.
I will be purchasing more for gifts going to children.
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Jun 27, 2017

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This is one of my absolute favorite Christian children's books. This particular edition is the most gorgeously illustrated by Tim Jonke, and I have loved it since I was a child. Now that I have a little one of my own, I love reading this story to her.

We follow three little growing trees that have very big dreams. All of them end up getting cut down to form much lesser versions of their dreams, but come to find out their seemingly Review can also be found at: http://bookinkreviews.blogspot.com/

This is one of my absolute favorite Christian children's books. This particular edition is the most gorgeously illustrated by Tim Jonke, and I have loved it since I was a child. Now that I have a little one of my own, I love reading this story to her.

We follow three little growing trees that have very big dreams. All of them end up getting cut down to form much lesser versions of their dreams, but come to find out their seemingly humble purposes become staples in the Greatest Story Ever Told.

If you want a perfect Easter, Christmas, or every day story to tell your children about Christ in ways they will understand, this is your book. My little one is still very young and this keeps her entertained with all of the colors.

It is a longer story, though, and each page is filled with a solid block of text. If you have very young children, it may be better to break it up into bits before each bedtime.

Read this story on your own, first, because it goes to a place you don't actually realize it will. ...more
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Dec 18, 2018

I absolutely love this modern fairytale-ish retelling of the birth of the Messiah. The first time I read it, I sobbed. It's become a tradition to read this book and one other before we open gifts on Christmas morning. Though we've been doing it for several years now, I still can't make it through without crying enough to make it difficult to read aloud. Last year, my son took over the reading for me. But that is a joy for me. To pass the reading of this book on to future generations would make I absolutely love this modern fairytale-ish retelling of the birth of the Messiah. The first time I read it, I sobbed. It's become a tradition to read this book and one other before we open gifts on Christmas morning. Though we've been doing it for several years now, I still can't make it through without crying enough to make it difficult to read aloud. Last year, my son took over the reading for me. But that is a joy for me. To pass the reading of this book on to future generations would make me very happy indeed.
The tale is told from the perspective of three trees growing on a hilltop. The story follows their lives as they are used by God to do many great things that may not seem so great at first. It's a great way to open family discussion about the real Bible stories mentioned in the book.
I'd recommend it to any family who focuses on the birth of the Messiah at this time of year. ...more

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