Book Title: Needles the Forgotten Christmas Tree by Richard Wagner
Category: Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Book
Release date: Mar 7, 2023
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.
The world is not always perfect. A scraggly little tree named Needles must endure taunts, criticism, and setbacks to realize his goal of becoming a beautiful Christmas tree.
This is a story of hope, dreams, desires, determination, and never giving up. It also offers the observation that what others think is beautiful may not really matter. Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder . . . and paired with the spirit of Christmas, maybe we can make the world just a little more perfect!
Wagner grew up in Southern California. When he was 14-years old, a business friend of his father’s had a small Christmas tree delivered as a thank you. Their family already had a large tree decorated in the house. Not being able to find anyone who needed a tree, that small Christmas tree stood outside by itself for the remainder of the Christmas holiday.
This is simple children’s Christmas book filled with depth and heart. There is so much to love about it. The story follows Needles, a small, “Charlie Brown like” Christmas tree who is passed over time and time again. He is taunted and ridiculed but never gives up hope of becoming what he was made to be…a Christmas tree.
There are many lessons in the story and it will bring enjoyment and delight to readers of all ages. The illustrations are simple and colorful and complement the story very well. This is a story that I will bring out each year and read during the Christmas season. I highly recommend this sweet story of a small little tree.
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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