The Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Elena Pasquali

November 7

Three forest trees dream of what they will one day become. One dreams of becoming a royal throne; one of being a ship that can withstand any storm; and one longs to stay in the forest and grow as tall as tall can be. When they are felled, it seems their dreams are over. But as each tree is crafted into a new item—a manger, a fishing boat, and a rugged cross—it becomes clear that through the role they play in one important life their hopes are more than fulfilled.

This traditional folktale is accompanied by stylish artwork from a highly sought after children’s book illustrator, and will help set the Christmas and Easter stories into the overall context of the Christian faith.

About the Author:

Elena Pasquali studied romance languages at university and has a special interest in researching folk tales. She worked for some years in children’s publishing before going on to be an author in her own right.

About the Illustrator:

Sophie Windham has illustrated books for Bloomsbury and Orchard and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Unicorns! Unicorns! by Geraldine McCaughrean.

This Mom’s Review of The Three Trees:

I teach Sunday school to four and five year old children.  I like to start with the birth of Jesus Christ in December and continue through his life up to His death and resurrection during the Easter season.  This story would make a great follow-up to my Jesus series at church.

As for the older crowd, including my teenage children and myself, this is a great reminder of the humility we need as Christians and the worth we have in Jesus as we are used for His glory and ministry — sometimes in unlikely or unsuspecting ways.

Enjoy a copy from Amazon.com or your local bookstore.

I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  Affiliate links included.


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    March 30 at 8:30 am

    You teach the story of Jesus like my Pastor. I just love putting it into a real perspective.

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    Jess Benoit
    March 30 at 8:49 am

    Aww this seems like such a great folktale!

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    March 30 at 12:06 pm

    Really interesting, this sounds like a book my kids would enjoy

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    Jaclyn Anne
    March 30 at 8:31 pm

    The cover illustration is beautiful!

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