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. Volume XIV Number 6 . . . .November 9, 2007
Emily is friends with all the creatures who live in the spruce forest near her home in Lunenburg, NS. When she puts on the red hat that she found on the beach, she learns to talk to the animals and birds. When a rich man, Mr. Buggleysmug, who is planning a new factory in the town, proposes to cut down the forest to give him a view of the harbour, Emily has to come up with an idea to save the trees and the homes of the forest creatures. With the help of the birds and animals, she does accomplish her task, helped a little by a wind storm which catches Mr. Buggleysmug in a frightening situation above the town. Peek-a-Boo becomes the ultimate Christmas tree.
A Forest for Christmas is a lighthearted Christmas story that will amuse beginning readers and is suitable for reading to grades 1-2. Some of the humour is a little exaggerated. Mr. Buggleysmug, for example, is the ultimate Christmas grouch. "He put on his worst frown, but no one paid any attention. He even counted his money, but it gave him no comfort." In addition, the author spells out the moral: "If you truly love and take care of something, it isn't long before it teaches you its language."
Helen Norrie is a former teacher-librarian who writes a regular column on children's books for the Winnipeg Free Press.
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