by Ellen Bryan Obed
illustrated by Anne Hunter
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009
review copy provided by the publisher
I know the pumpkins are still sitting on the porch, but soon enough, cars will be driving down the road with Christmas trees tied on. Here's a book to remind you that "your" Christmas tree once belonged to a host of animals.
In January, the chickadees want the Christmas tree for the seeds and insect eggs they find hidden in the bark and needles, and for the warmth of the thick branches. In February and March the field mice and white-tailed deer want the Christmas tree. All through the months, different animals, insects, birds and other plants want the Christmas tree. And you can guess who wants it in December!
Information in the back of the book tells how a Christmas tree farmer in Maine takes care of her trees throughout the year.