Picture Book Review: The Robin and the Fir Tree

The Robin and the Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

The Robin and the Fir Tree
by Hans Christian AndersenJason Jameson (Illustrations)
4 out of 5 stars

A fir tree hears from the robin about the wide world of men, and wishes that he could go on an adventure, but his roots keep in him in the forest. One day men with axes come to take the fir tree into town, and the fir tree is decorated for Christmas. After the Christmas festivities are over, the little robin looks for his friend and finally finds him cast aside for firewood. However the fir tree is content to have had his great adventure at last. The robin plants a pine cone from his friend, and a new little fir tree grows up in the forest.

This is such a bittersweet story! I loved the way this old fairy tale is retold. The writing style for this retelling is very atmospheric and dreamy. I’m never sure what the underlying message is behind this sad story. Maybe that all that glitters is not gold? Or to be content with what you have and not wish for adventures? Either way, I love this old fairy tale. It’s sad but sweet.

The illustrations are really imaginative and interesting. The art style is attractive and dreamy. Each animal and tree has curlicues and delicate designs all over. Every page is full of color and life!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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