The Fir Tree

The Fir Tree

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Tells the story of a fir tree that, when discarded, recalls with nostalgia its two glorious moments--being a beautiful fir and being a brightly-lit Christmas treeshow more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 220.98 x 292.1 x 10.16mm | 385.55g
  • North-South Books (Nord-Sud Verlag AG)
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • English
  • 155858093X
  • 9781558580930

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A fierce Inuit hunter, embittered by his boyhood loss of a beloved dog, is made gentle by discovering the futility of hate. Atuk mourns for years after Taruk's death, until he is finally strong enough to kill the wolf that killed the dog - only to realize that his vengeance is meaningless since it doesn't bring Taruk back. Recalling that a fox he once encountered waited faithfully each night for a star in the sky, Atuk decides to care for a flower through the long winter days and each spring. Moody, atmospheric, and revelatory, the story has a final lesson that may seem to be a bit sugary to adults, but children will find the warmth reassuring after the sad, stark tale. Chalky white lines, carved from darker, earthier backgrounds, illuminate the primitive representations of birds and other creatures, giving them an otherworldly cast. A moving piece of story-making. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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574 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 31% (180)
4 34% (198)
3 27% (155)
2 5% (29)
1 2% (12)
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