The Little Fir Tree

by | Jan 10, 2020 | Book Review, Fiction, Picture Book

Book Details

The Little Fir Tree
Christopher Corr (from an original story by Hans Christian Andersen), London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, hb, 978 1 7860 3662 9, 2019, £10.99, 32pp.
Picture book, fiction, 4-7 years

The little Fir Tree wishes to be cut down and go and see the world, but whilst the other trees are taken to be used in what is perceived as exotic and wonderful places, he is left to grow. And he does, eventually.

However, when his turn arrives, and whilst he finds happiness quickly, that is soon turned to despair. Can the little tree find happiness again?

This is a beautiful story based on a Hans Christian Andersen original story. The illustrations are stunning and a feast of riotous colours particularly the fluorescent magenta! The reader glows in the warmth of the greens, reds and oranges yet shivers in the blue and purples of the cold snow throughout the seasons. The characters are believable and captivating within the vibrancy of the vigorous illustrations.

This is a beautiful book that is a magnificent example of the folk art and colour palettes that inspire Christopher Corr’s work!

Review by Karenanne Knight