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Back to The Stacks: The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown

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 Back To The Stacks is a fun look back at past JIAB posts

The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown is a heart grabber. The book has the most beautiful paintings which really remind me of my sweet boy “O”. Jim Lamarche, the illustrator, has contributed to the magic of this great story.

They put golden tinsel

 on his branches

And golden bells

And green icicles

And silver stars

And red and green and blue

And purple chains of shining Christmas balls.

 

All alone in an empty field grew a little fir tree. It dreamed of being part of a forest, or part of anything at all. Then one winter day, a man takes the little fir tree away and it finds itself at the center of a little boy’s very special celebration. This sweet little boy is special, he has a lame leg and he has never been to the forest and so his father brings the forest to him. This little tree gets planted in a wooden tub. “You have come to me from the wild green forest, and you are a part of my very own world.” said the little boy.

 

Something To Do: Homemade Snow Cream!

When we moved to the Smoky Mountains we discovered a southern tradition called snowcream. Did you know you can make ice cream out of snow?  So today if you are in a place where it is snowing you can make yourself a little bowl of magic right now. For the rest of us, we will just have something to look forward to.

snow cream

  • 8 cups of snow
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Mix milk, vanilla, and sugar until dissolved. Add snow, stir until consistency is thick and creamy. Serve immediately. Might I suggest that it tastes great with chocolate chips or little goodies (small candy) too.

snow cream