By: The Curto Family & Rusty Fischer
Publisher: Good Times At Home LLC
Publication Date: August 2012
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: September 2012
Alfred is a cute little Christmas tree living at Carl’s Christmas Tree Farm. He is quite happy because he has lots of sun to enjoy, water and food to help him grow big and strong, and a good friend, Mr. Phipps, a tall, beautiful Christmas tree who lives right next to him. Alfred thinks all he has to do is grow big and tall, but Mr. Phipps explains to him that there is more to being a Christmas tree than simply trying to be the biggest, tallest tree on the farm. Alfred’s job is to make a family happy at Christmas.
As Christmas approaches, Farmer Carl decorates his farm with lights to entice customers to stop and see his trees. Every day people come and buy trees, but they all want tall trees, not a little tree like Alfred. One day a family comes and buys Mr. Phipps; now Alfred is all alone. He is sad to see his friend go and spends that first Christmas all alone.
Christmas time comes and goes, year after year, and no family ever stops to admire Alfred. But as time went by, something amazing was happening…Alfred was growing tall and majestic! Would he finally go home with a special family and more importantly, would Alfred finally understand what Mr. Phipps had told him so many years earlier; that being a Christmas tree is truly about making a family happy?
This is a sweet story about one little tree who wants nothing more than to be loved by a special family. The ending is predictable but that’s exactly what we want in a story about Christmas – a happy ending that gives the reader a warm and fuzzy feeling. The illustrations are bright and lively and work well with the story. Alfred the Christmas tree is adorable and youngsters will be eager to learn whether he finally gets picked by a special family.
Quill says: The perfect book to read to your youngster as you cuddle in bed, waiting for Santa’s arrival.