Christmas Books, picture book, poetry, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love read to me, this rhyming charmer!

There is nothing like a good rhyming text. When verse is well done, it’s hard not to get caught up in the rhythm of the story. A rhyming text should be fun to read aloud, and listeners are just as delighted by the word play as they are with the the story. This is definitely the case in Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree.

The story begins when Mr. Willowby discovers that his Christmas tree is much too big for his house. So he cuts off the top and passes it off to his maid, who takes it home to her family only to discover that it’s too big for her house, so she cuts off  the top and so begins a domino effect in which the Christmas tree makes its way through a number of families, human and animal alike. Robert Barry’s whimsical illustrations perfectly suit his boisterous text and clever concept.

For more fun, check out the 1995 TV film based on the book starring such bright lights as Robert Downey Jr, the late Leslie Nielsen, and Stockard Channing. Yes, that’s right- Robert Downey Jr, in a children’s Christmas movie. Now you’ve heard everything.

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