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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
The Cactus Who Wanted to Be a Christmas Tree is a very imaginative story destined to become a Christmas tradition in every family. Parents will enjoy telling this creative tale to their children. It’s a story they’ll remember and want to re-read every Christmas. What do you do if you’ve always had a Christmas tree during the holidays, but then you move to a state that has no evergreen trees? Find out how a little girl improvises. And makes a new friend. The Cactus Who Wanted to Be a Christmas Tree by Robert Welbaum starts with a child reminiscing about Christmas with snow and playing outdoors. But then they move to a warmer climate with no snow. And no friends. And no Christmas trees. I’m sure this book will inspire other families in Arizona and other dry states to inherit a cactus Christmas tree and decorate it for Christmas.
Author Robert Welbaum starts with a sad, lonely girl but gives her a happy ending. She finally develops a friendship with someone you would least expect. Her special friend helps her overcome her sadness and shares in her love of Christmas tree decorating. Welbaum keeps the story simple with just three characters and a special friend, but he gives actions to an inanimate object that seems to respond. Illustrator Achraf Attar’s artwork is well done in loose, freestyle artwork. His paint and black ink illustrations are colorful and help tell the story. Robert Welbaum does an excellent job of telling this delightful tale.