Christmas Farm

Christmas Farm Cover

Christmas Farm

By Mary Lyn Ray; Barry Root (Illustrator)

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152162900, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

When Wilma decides that her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become Christmas trees. This companion to the award-winning "Pumpkins: A Story for a Field" is a lyrical, behind-the-scenes look at the intricate lives of Christmas trees. "Includes an author's note about the history and cultivation of Christmas trees.

About the Author
MARY LYN RAY has written many acclaimedbooks for children, including A Violin for Elva, illustrated by Tricia Tusa;New York Times best-sellerStars, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Pumpkins, illustrated by Barry Root; and Red Rubber Boot Day and Mud, both illustrated by Lauren Stringer. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshire. Visit

Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children, including "Gumbrella, " which he also wrote; "Dream Big"; "By My Brother s Side"; and "Game Day", which received a Christopher Award in the category of books for young people. He lives with his family in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Praise For Christmas Farm


"Ray tells her story in simple, lyrical language that focuses on the trees and their growth. She doesn’t have to spell out that Wilma and Parker are great friends and that shared goals and work forge strong bonds. All those aspects of the nuanced plot are apparent in the spare story and in the beautifully understated watercolor illustrations."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review, 11/1/08