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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Evergreen's Story by Ada N. Letelier is about Evergreen who lived in the forest with oak, hickory, and maple. While seasons brought changes to the forest, Evergreen always remained the same. But it was autumn that Evergreen disliked the most because when other trees put up their colorful best, Evergreen was green. The one day in winter when all the other trees were bare, a family came into the forest, chopped her down and took her home. The family decorated her for Christmas the next day and later that night she saw her reflection in the mirror and realized how gorgeous she looked with all the decorations. For the first time in her life she felt beautiful and special like the rest of the trees in the forest, and this makes her understand that we all are here for a purpose and the earlier we know about it the better.
I like the message conveyed through the story. Evergreen's transformation is beautiful and her joy after seeing her reflection is palpable. The story also captures the mood of Christmas and the winter season, and how we all are important and can contribute something to make this world a better place. The illustrations are adorable and charming and they make the author’s concept clear. It is an excellent story for bedtime story-telling because of the message and can also be used for classroom reading sessions to help children understand the importance of self-acceptance, transformation, and their purpose in life. Evergreen's character is lovable and has been developed well. This enables young readers to understand her feelings as she watches other trees undergo changes as the seasons change.