Author/Illustrator: Trinka Hakes Noble
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Ages: 5 to 9
Synopsis: Katrina loved the old apple tree. It had stood near their barn for years and had been a kind and generous neighbor to the Ansterburg family. But just before Christmas, a bitter ice storm takes down the lovely old tree, and along with it, Katrina's special place to draw and create. How can she be an artist without her cherished tree branch? Christmas is surely ruined now.
Why you should read it: I'm a country girl at heart and love when I can find a holiday story based outside of town. Throw in some snow and farm animals and I'm definitely hooked. Ms. Noble manages to draw her readers into a world where people can coexist with nature and even the destruction of a favorite apple tree can become a Christmas surprise.
Like-O-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5...grab it!