Calvin the Christmas Tree by Stephen G. Bowling – Book Review

Calvin the Christmas Tree by Stephen G. Bowling – Book Review

Calvin the Christmas Tree by Stephen G Bowling

Calvin the Christmas Tree

Author – Stephen G. Bowling
Publisher – Valley of Mexico
Pages – 36
Released – 9th December 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1950957040
Format – ebook, paperback
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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He’s been preparing for the season since he was a sapling. But will he be tall enough to start spreading joy?

The thought of missing Christmas has little Calvin quaking in his roots. The smallest tree on his famous farm, his branches get all ruffled when a grumpy old coot says he isn’t strong enough for ornaments. But he’s thrilled when he’s finally pulled from the ground and put on sale just in time for Christmas Eve!

As excited families whisk away all the other evergreens, Calvin’s smile fades when he finds himself all alone. And he worries the grizzled meanie might’ve been right when the store closes, and he’s covered in snow… until he sees headlights peeking through the storm.

Will Calvin be left out in the cold, or is one special family about to make him their shining star?

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Calvin was a young Christmas Tree. Every December he watched Farmer Stumpstinkle take the biggest and nicest trees to the family shop to be sold and for businesses and families to take home and decorate.

One December Calvin was certain he was ready to be picked, so he fluffed up his branches and made himself taller. The farmer wasn’t convinced but his wife persuaded him to give the tree a chance. However, one by one the other trees were being sold and poor Calvin was still there.

What will happen to Calvin, is he going to be left all alone or will someone want him?

Calvin the Christmas Tree is a lovely tale of a tree who just wants to be like the big trees and be picked to be the centre of the decorations at someone’s house.

The book is quite old fashioned and has a classic feel to it. Even the illustrations look like they could represent the 50s, which to me made the book all that more heart-warming and beautiful.

The message in the book comes across strong and I love the little boy who sees Calvin and the nice comments he made, he certainly made me smile.

This is a lovely, sweet, festive read that would make a wonderful bedtime story or even a Christmas present.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Stephen G Bowling Calvin the Christmas Tree

Steve has a passion for writing. “I want to create children’s books that are fun to read and instill fond childhood memories. I write to help children learn to read, and to encourage a lifelong habit and love of reading”

Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brandeis University. He is an entrepreneur who has worked on, and holds several U.S. Patents. He heads The Prometheum Foundation, a non-profit philosophical organization that helps teach students critical and analytical thinking, freedom of thought, and entrance into the marketplace of ideas.

He moderates discussions and debates of all types. He has been conducting the Franklin Forum high school programs for over 15 years. This Forum places students in the arena of public debate in which they are obliged to think about issues and public policy. It allows them to test their opinions, hear opposing views, and debate current issues, all in a setting with a free and open exchange of ideas. The Forum teaches civility in civil discourse; the ability to disagree and still be agreeable even in a passionate exchange of views. Students develop self-confidence, self-esteem, respect for the opinion of others and the ability to effectively communicate their views.

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