The Lonely Christmas Tree
by Brent A. Marthaller
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Page Count: 24 Pages
Genre: Children's, Inspirational, Motivational, Spiritual
The Lonely Christmas Tree is born with a purpose to be cherished by someone at Christmas. When the tree is the last one remaining in the lot, the tree starts to believe that all hope is lost. A bright light comes along restoring faith in dreams and encourages the spirit to persevere. The tree is small and limp but has the spirit to find love and acceptance. This story demonstrates that all of us have that spark within us to find what we long for. Persistence and fortitude can lead us out of despair to the light that shines for all of us.
The Lonely Christmas Tree is a heart warming book to enjoy during the Christmas season. I really admire how the author created a lovely story, but also included an important lesson for children. Do not judge someone or something by their appearance. The lonely Christmas tree wanted someone to share his Christmas cheer with, but instead he was quickly passed by and left alone. He realized his branches weren't as full or green as the other trees, and he didn't stand as tall. He wanted someone to stop and see that inside he had much joy to give a family. The story has a beautiful ending. I also liked the colorful illustrations that truly reflected a wintery feel.
Brent Marthaller lives in West Fargo, ND, and has written music and lyrics since 1978. During the 1980’s and 1990’s he was a member of several bands which performed throughout the area and at local venues. While those days of performing are in the past, he continues to write whenever he can. He also enjoys introducing his grandchildren to all varieties of music.
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