Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt

book cover

The Tale of Three Trees
retold by Angela Elwell Hunt

Hardback: 32 pages
Publisher: Lion Publishing
Released: 1989

Source: From my home library.

Book Description, my take:
Three trees on a hill dream about what they'll become when they grow large enough. They dream of becoming big, important, and admired objects: a treasure chest, a king's sailing ship, and a tall tree that will point people's gaze to heaven. They're all cut down and made into mundane, dirty objects--a hay trough for animals, a fisherman's boat, and a cross--which greatly disappoints them. "What happened?" asks the third. "All I wanted to do was...point to God." But then Jesus is born, and they realize their dreams, but in ways they never expected.

The Tale of Three Trees is a Christian children's book, but I've only ever seen adults read it. Probably because we're the ones with the "lost" dreams that we hope God will fulfill in unexpected and more-profound-than-we-dreamed ways. Anyway, if you've never read the "Three Trees" tale before, it's well worth reading--a good reminder when life disappoints and doesn't make sense. The illustrations matched the text and were nice and fairly detailed. Overall, I'd recommend it as a good, clean, and uplifting read.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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