Apple Tree Christmas (Ages 5-12)
By Trinka Hakes Noble
Sleeping Bear Press
This sweet tale is about a small family that lives in one end of a barn. Life is charmingly simple for them, tending to their livestock and the barn’s upkeep, but their favorite family activity is to harvest their beloved apple tree each year. Not only does the tree provide plentiful apples, which they divide up and use in all sorts of ways through the winter, but it is also a playground for the two daughters, Katrina and Josie, who spend countless hours swinging from and sitting on its branches. Tragically, just before Christmas, a blizzard destroys the tree, and it must be chopped up for firewood. Katrina and Josie are grief-stricken, and although their parents try their best to keep up their spirits, the girls find that they can’t even be excited as they prepare for Christmas. However, an unexpected and unforgettable surprise awaits them on Christmas morning! Very vibrant and warm illustrations accompany this lovely and wholesome story of love and self-sacrifice.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2022🖨️ Print post