Who Would Like a Christmas Tree?
by Ellen Bryan Obed
Illustrated by Anne Hunter
Published by Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
Ages 4 - 8
"Who would like a Christmas Tree in January? 'We would like a Christmas tree in January,' answer the black-capped chickadees." That's where they find their meals, in the form of moth eggs, spiders, and winged seeds. After a day of eating, the birds roost together in the tree branches. "Who would like a Christmas tree in February?" Field mice chew on the bark of the tree trunk, safe beneath the snow that covers their winter runways. Progressing through the year, readers meet a host of creatures, from balsam twig aphids in June to red foxes in October, who like Christmas trees for the food and shelter they offer. When December rolls around it's the human children and their parents who like a Christmas tree to enjoy as part of their family holiday celebration. Watercolor and ink illustrations depict each month's visitors to the Christmas tree plantation. A section titled "How the Christmas Tree Farmer Takes Care of Her Farm Around the Year" provides another layer of information. CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations. © Cooperative Children's Book Center