The Christmas Eve Tree

The Christmas Eve Tree

3.91 (242 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Illustrated by 

List price: US$17.29

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


A tender Christmas story with charming artwork by Emily Sutton, illustrator of Tiny.

When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. A Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.
show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 257 x 295 x 13mm | 544g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406356492
  • 9781406356496
  • 691,660

Review quote

The heart-warming, lyrical story is perfectly complimented by beautiful and delicately crafted illustrations, which capture the magic of Christmas and remind us that life can lead us to surprising places. A treasure to return to time and again, no doubt set to become a festive classic! * Inis Reading Guide * Striking illustrations, packed with colourful detail enhance this modern festive tale which brings a message about community and caring. * Carousel * This absolutely beautiful book will really instil the true Christmas spirit in all who read it. [...] The story is one of hope and new beginnings, and Emily Sutton's illustrations, full of details that children will love, have a wonderful almost folk art feel. Buy it and bring home the real magic of Christmas! -- Andrea Reece * Love Reading 4 Kids * There's a beautiful poignancy about the narrative that touches on the haves and have-nots, while the illustrations exude a beguiling elegance. Together, they create a thoughtful and ultimately triumphant tale about the power of small human kindnesses and the underdog who makes good. * My Little Style File * The Christmas Eve Tree is a beautiful book to share at this time of year, exploring as it does what Christmas really means - especially for those who have nothing, not even a home, of their own. [...] The story doesn't resolve the issue of the homeless boy as its focus is very much the tree itself and, through its growth and service, we are reminded of what Christmas is all about. [...] Above all, The Christmas Eve Tree is a gorgeous reminder of the magical time of Christmas Eve, beautifully depicted in illustrations by Emily Sutton. * School Zone * Giving pleasure to many is assuredly what this wonderful story will do, to what I hope will be its many readers and listeners, all year round too. * Red Reading Hub * A magical story which will instil the true Christmas spirit to those who read it. [...] Lovely illustrations. * Angels & Urchins * A classic Christmas story with a modern twist, this brightly illustrated book shines with optimism, goodwill and the `aah' factor. * Daily Mail * Emily Sutton's illustrations have the air of folk art, and there's a timeless feel to the book which ends on a splendid joyful image of new life. * Books for Keeps * Many of our customers are enjoying the thoughtful nature and beautiful illustrations of The Christmas Eve Tree, illustrated by Emily Sutton. It's a magical tale * Ham & High *
show more

About Delia Huddy

Delia Huddy grew up surrounded by books. After taking a degree in English at King's College London, she began to work in publishing, first at Constable & Co, then Hamish Hamilton, and then with close friend Julia MacRae at Julia MacRae Books. Latterly she became Editorial Director at Random House Children's Books. Alongside her distinguished career in publishing, Delia wrote for children and young people - novels, picture books and young fiction - over 30 titles in all. At the end of her life, in 2005, Delia was working on the text for The Christmas Eve Tree.

Emily Sutton graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a degree in illustration. As well as illustrating picture books, she paints, sculpts and designs prints. Her first book with Walker, Tiny, written by Nicola Davies, began an exciting new strand of very young non fiction. This is Emily's second book for Walker. Emily lives in York. Visit Emily at
show more

Rating details

242 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 26% (63)
4 44% (107)
3 26% (63)
2 3% (7)
1 1% (2)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X