Night Tree

Night Tree

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Overview


By moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods. “Sure to become a Christmas favorite, this beautifully illustrated story of a family’s unusual tradition brings to life the true spirit of Christmas.”--American Bookseller

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152001216
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/31/1994
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 18,739
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: AD690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.




The late TED RAND was the esteemed illustrator of many picture books, including Eve Bunting's Secret Place and The Memory String.

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Night Tree 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous artwork complements this nice story about a family that goes into the woods and decorates a tree with popcorn, apples, birdseed, and other natural things for the animals of the forest to feast on for Christmas. It has a nostalgic feel. Another title that would be great for a Christmas/winter themed storytime. The illustrations are large, some double-page spreads, and not too detaily or fussy.
kfurnanz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Story showing family activity, in the woods giving food to the animals, enjoying the holidayColorful illustrations, text supposedly from child's standpoint
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very interesting. It was a good book for Christmas or to teach children about nature. It talked about the different things you see in nature such as wildlife. It also showed great family interaction and holiday traditions.
rpultusk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the beautiful story of a family that returns to the same tree in the forest every year and decorates "their" Christmas tree with food for the animals of the forest. The family brings a blanket and hot chocolate to sing carols around the tree after they've hung the apples and oranges and strung the popcorn strands around the tree.The book has a powerful, yet subtle, environmental message. The illustrations are dark, but not haunting, merely representative of the forest at night-time. There is no white space. The plot is sweet, innocent, and stands to speak for the spirit of Christmas. The characters are somewhat undefined, as in, there is a mother, a father, a young boy (the narrator), and a little sister, but the reader does not learn very much about them. They are less significant than the tree.Highly recommended for elementary school libraries.
lwmasters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, heartfelt christmas story that is not quite the same as most. In this book, a family travels to a forest to find the perfect christmas tree. However, they do not want to chop it down, instead they decorate it each year in the forest for the animals. The use popcorn, birdseeds, breadcrumbs, and other various items. That night the family thinks about all the different animals enjoying their own christmas dinner. A beautifully written story! Great for the holiday season!
taterzngravy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story of family decorating a tree in the woods at the edge of town is marvelously told in word and picture.
MendySue More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for elementary aged students. This teaches them to be kind to others (including animals) and to not just think of ourselves on Christmas.
reader1939 More than 1 year ago
The family pictured in this delightful children's book show their concern for birds and animals on Christmas Eve by preparing popcorn, seed and fruit treats to decorate a tree in the woods. They then enjoy hot chocolate while singing Christmas carols. My grandchildren have enjoyed acting out this story each Christmas Eve for the last 17 years. It's a tradition I believe they'll continue with their own children. The Bunting/Rand team have produced a winning story of family togetherness, with text and illustrations working very well together to create a family classic.