The Christmas Pine HB
Julia Donaldson, Victoria Sand y
A magical picture book for Christmas, written in perfect,
heartfelt rhyme by Julia Donaldson, bestselling creator of Zog and Superworm.
“Magical … as well as paying tribute to tradition,
the gentle rhythmic verse and stunning pictures illuminate
the two other things close to Julia’s heart: the power of children
and song” – Good Housekeeping
Deep in a snowy wood stands a little pine tree with a special
destiny: when it grows up, it’s going to be the famous
Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square!
This is the perfect picture book to snuggle up with and share
at Christmas. Gorgeous, atmospheric illustrations whisk you from
frozen forests to the sparkling city square in a beautiful, moving
story of festivity and hope.
This gorgeously illustrated hardback book has a gold-foiled dust
jacket, making it the perfect Christmas gift for young children
Julia Donaldson’s perfect rhyme is a joy to read aloud
– this is a classic to treasure for generations
Victoria Sandoy’s exquisite, atmospheric illustrations
are full of gorgeous details to point out and share
A paragraph on the final page of the book explains the true story
behind the tree
The Christmas Pine is based on a true story. It celebrates
a special tradition that stretches back over seventy years.
Every year, the Mayor of Oslo in Norway presents the British people
with a spectacular Christmas tree. The tree is a symbol of peace
and friendship, and a thank you for the UK’s support during
World War II.
Each year, the UK Poetry Society asks a poet to write a poem to
welcome the tree. Julia Donaldson originally wrote The Christmas
Pine to celebrate the 2020 Christmas tree. The poem was
performed by London schoolchildren, and displayed in Trafalgar
Julia Donaldson is the author of many of the best-loved children’s
books ever written. She has been awarded a CBE for services to
literature, and is the most celebrated children’s writer in
Many of Julia Donaldson’s
beloved picture books have been made into award-winning animated
films which are regularly shown on the BBC at Christmas.
Superworm animation will premiere on BBC Christmas
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