Title: Christmas Tree Farm
Author: Ann Purmell
Illustrator: Jill Weber
Publisher: Holiday House
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.6
Concepts: natural resources, entrepreneurs, producers and consumers
Review: A boy and his grandfather work diligently on their family-owned Christmas tree farm, an endeavor that involves multiple tasks and spans all four seasons of the year. Early in the spring after the young tree seedlings are delivered to the farm, the family plants them in neat, wide rows. Painstaking care is required to protect the seedlings from weeds, insects, diseases, and animals as they grow. In the summer, Grandpa and his crew of helpers prune and shape the trees, and in the fall the trees are measured and tagged. The winter brings the sales season, with customers cutting their own trees or purchasing pre-cut trees from the farm stand.
This book gets high marks for bundling its informative content into an interesting story with charming illustrations. Teachers and parents can use Christmas Tree Farm to introduce several important economics concepts to young children, including natural resources, entrepreneurs, and producers and consumers. It may be tempting to save this book for Christmas time, but reading the book in a different season could even spur a visit to a local tree farm to see how well the seedlings are growing.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children