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Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Elena Pasquali Author of The Three Threes: A Traditional Folktale

About the Author: Elena Pasquali grew up in South Wales and went on to study romance languages at university. She worked for some years in children’s publishing and developed a special interest in researching folk tales before going on to be an author in her own right. She enjoys exploring new cultures and traveling and enjoys learning the languages that will help her on her way.

About the illustrator: Sophie Windham grew up inEngland in a family of artists and musicians. He has illustrated many pictures books, for publishers includingBloomsbury and Orchard, and was shortlisted for the Late Greenaway Medal for Unicorns! Unicorns! by Geraldine McCaughrean. She lives in Herefordshire with her husband, a film director and writer with whom she collaborated on The Obvious Elephant and Harold and the Duck, their two children, and many animals.

About the Book: Long ago, on a hill, three trees reached up to the sky and dreamed of the wonderful things they would do. All were cut down, and each in turn believed that their dreams had come to nothing. Then, when their rough timber played its part in the life of Jesus, everything changed. A tale of hope and faith for Christmas, Easter and, always.


My Review: This story is about three trees that had different dreams of what they will one day become when they get copped.

The fist tree said to the others, “I want to be made into a beautiful chest that will hold the finest treasure.”

The second said, “I want to be made into a proud ship in which a might king will travel around his domain.”

The third tree said, “I want to stay, here on the hillside, pointing to heaven.”

While the first and second trees were looking forward to their dreams when they were cut down the third tree was sad as it fell to the ground. The trees where then made into a manger, a fishing boat and a rugged cross, which wasn’t their dream. Years later the trees found out that each played an important role in the life, miracle and death of Jesus Christ.

We may not end up fulfilling our dreams but there is always something greater than our dreams. This traditional folktale book was illustrated by Sophie Windham and she did a great job bringing the stylish artwork of the story to life. I think this is a great book to read during the holidays. I highly recommend this book.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


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November 7, 2011 - Posted by | Blog Tour, Book Review | , , , , ,


  1. What a beautiful story. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it. I absolutely love this book and the art work is fabulous. This is definitely going to be one book I will be giving to my grandkids for the Holidays. I’m so glad to meet Elena here. Thank you Ella.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | November 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you Carol L, for all your comments on our non-giveaway reviews.

      Comment by mymcbooks | November 8, 2011 | Reply

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