BOOK REVIEW - Needles, the Forgotten Christmas Tree by Richard Wagner
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!
What a wonderful reminder that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I loved this adorable story about Needles, a scraggly tree who wants nothing more than to be someone’s Christmas tree. Unfortunately, he doesn’t fit the bill for most people. The other trees, of course, make fun of him. This story reminded me a bit of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and I loved the twist of it being a tree. Regardless, the moral is the same and this truly reminds us of the spirit of Christmas and the meaning of this time of year.
Day after day, Needles is overlooked but he does not lose hope. One day, the owner told an employee to take the last tree home. Finally! Needles thinks, only to find out they already have a tree. What will become of Needles?
This book is brilliantly written and includes so many messages that are important for children to learn. Another lesson in this book is to appreciate what you have and to realize that there are others who are not as well off as us who deserve our compassion and kindness. It also teaches the rejection is a normal part of our lives, yet we must not shut it out because eventually we gain acceptance.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It’s beautifully illustrated and I can’t say enough positive things! I hope you’ll add this one to your children’s Christmas reading.Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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.