Review: The Little Fir Tree

Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Group
Publication Date: 1st October

This gorgeous story is based on the original tale by Hans Christian Anderson.  The vibrant palette and richness of the illustrations are stunning, and evocative of a simple appreciation and celebration of the wonder and beauty of the natural environment as they immerse the reader in images of forest and woodland creatures. 

The story is told from the viewpoint of a little fir tree who is unhappy with his life deep in the forest.  He sees older, bigger trees being cut down and taken away, and longs to find his place in the world, to have a sense of purpose …

Don’t wish your life away, little tree.

Eventually, the little fir tree gets what he has spent his life wishing for as he becomes part of a family’s festive celebrations.   However, his new-found purpose may not be all that he had expected …  

This story conveys an important message: to appreciate the beauty in the natural world around us, and to cherish what we have rather than wishing our lives away with things that may not fulfil us as much as we thought they would.

I love how children’s stories, no matter how seemingly simple, convey important wisdoms, and this story does just that.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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