The Great Spruce, by John Duvall and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
Go green this Christmas with this picture book about a boy saving a tree from being cut down. Meet Alec, a young boy who loves to climb all trees, especially a towering spruce. He spends his days climbing its strong branches and surveying the land below. Then one day, a group of curious men from the nearby city take notice of Alec’s great spruce and ask to chop it down for the city’s holiday celebration. Distraught at the thought of losing his favorite lookout spot, Alec comes up with a plan that satisfies everyone: Why don’t they dig out the tree and just lend it to the city? Former arborist John Duvall even includes instructions on how to transplant a tree in the back, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and get in the garden this spring.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.