Sunday, December 21, 2008

Little Tree

D and I had a great time today with Little Tree, a book based on an e.e. cummings poem of the same name. We've owned the book for a while, but before today, D's never really been interested. Maybe he's starting to share my love for Chris Raschka? Wouldn't that be fantastic. For those of you looking for another Christmas book to add to your repertoire, I highly recommend this one. Raschka did a wonderful job with the story and art, and the poem itself is so beautiful it makes my heart ache, just a little.

little tree

by: e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

ITTLE tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
"Noel Noel"
"little tree" was originally published in The Dial Vol. LXVIII, No. 1 (Jan. 1920). New York: The Dial Publishing Company, Inc.

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