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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry tells the story of a big, grand tree delivered to Mr. Willowby, by special delivery. But the tree is just a bit too tall, so they trim off a few feet. The top is perfect for Miss Adelaide, the upstairs maid, but she also must trim the top of her tree.

The little tree is then passed on to the gardener, who trims a bit (snatched by the Bear family), and on and on to the Fox family, the Rabbits, and even to the little mice who live in Mr. Willowby's house.

"Oh isn't it grand to have a tree - exactly like Mr. Willowby!"

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Reader Comments (6)

Oh all your posts of children's books make me wish we had some younger children in our family - I am just hoping that when my sister gets married she will then have some kids!

12.19.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

I think I'm going to have to pick up this one!

12.19.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

My mom read Mr Willowby to us every year at Christmas - and we still read it every year even though we're long grown. Love it.

12.20.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBritt

This is a new one to me, doesn't seem to be readily available here in Aus and sounds divine! Right up my alley - I always loved the idea of 'upstairs/downstairs' house with maids etc and I love the overlay of the Christmas theme. Have already ordered my copy!

12.23.2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

My mom made felt trees to go along with this story... a big one, then one smaller, etc. One of my favorite childhood memories is reading this lovely book at Christmastime with my family. Hopefully someday I'll have kids of my own to share it with!

12.31.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Oh my, I am so glad I saw this. We did this story as a play when I was in kindergarten in 1985. I want to get this book for my daughter. I had forgotten the name of the story.

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