The Queen and the First Christmas Tree

Queen Charlotte's Gift to England

Queen Charlotte brought her family’s festive holiday yule bough from Germany to England. While planning a Christmas Day party in 1800 at Windsor Castle for over 100 children, she realized a single bough isn’t enough. So she brought in the whole tree instead, making it the first known Christmas Tree in England. This story tells a little known fact about a favorite holiday tradition.

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  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807566367
  • October 2018

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Reviews

  • A nice introduction to the origins of a cherished tradition for many

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • This piece of history reads like a story, and the charming pictures add to the fairy-tale feel. …a worthy addition to Christmas shelves.

    - Booklist

  • This lighthearted narrative is paired with textured, colorful, and palette-perfect drawings to tell of a generous queen and the beginning of one of the most cherished Christmas traditions.

    - Foreword Reviews

  • Can teach young students about the origin of the Christmas tree as well as biographical information about this nature-loving monarch.

    - School Library Journal

  • The approachable text emphasizes Charlotte’s generosity, concern for children’s welfare, and lifelong love of nature. Soft-lined illustrations in a muted palette portray a humble and relatable queen who is happiest amidst children or in her gardens.

    - Horn Book Magazine

Illustrator

Luisa Uribe