Jane Lind presents ...
A Christmas Tree from Puddin' Stone Hill
Theme: Christmas, Ages 5 to 8
A Christmas Tree
from Puddin' Stone Hill
This is a story of how Timmy managed to bring home a Christmas tree by
himself, at least he thought he was by himself until he discovered that
Black Cat came with him.
As he tramped through he forest looking for a tree, he stopped off to talk
to a chickadee, and he was feeling quite cheerful when suddenly, something
fierce jumped out of a snowy pine tree. Timmy was frightened until he saw it
was Black Cat. He scolded her and told her to go home because she kept
frightening the birds and the squirrels.
He plodded on, and Black Cat kept disappearing, and reappearing and Timmy
finally stopped shouting at her and scolding her. As it turned out, Black
Cat led him to the best tree.
He sawed it down and began dragging it home. But then he felt confused. He
had circled around so much he was not sure which way to go. But Black Cat
started off, took a few steps forward and then turned her head to wait for
Timmy to follow. He knew cats can always find their way home, so he followed
her and found his way home with the tree.
This story successfully weaves together at least three different themes--a
child facing fear in the course of doing
something adventuresome; relating to a pet and the wild creatures; and of
The Christmas story ends before Timmy decorates his tree. Let the children speculate on how Timmy and his mother might decorate their tree. Discuss where Timmy lives, and how that influences his Christmas decorations--he is not likely to run to the store. After the discussion, let the children draw a picture of Timmy's living room with him and his mother either decorating the tree or when they have completed it.
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