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The Tree That's Meant to Be

A gorgeous festive picture book full of love and hope.

Author/illustrator Yuval Zommer

Suitable for:  2+, readers who love Yuval's lavish animal books, consumers looking for gorgeous gift books.

Price:  £12.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-276980-0
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Hardback: 32 pages
Dimensions: 305x240mm

Availability: In stock.

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A small fir tree is left all alone after the other trees near it in the forest are chosen by families at Christmas. But when the forest animals gather around the lonely little tree to cheer it up and celebrate the season, it finds festive love and warmth in the heart of a cold, snowy forest.


  • Yuval Zommer's artwork is beautiful. He handles colour and perspective expertly to achieve mood and his animals are full of expressiveness but lose none of their natural essence.
  • A lyrical story that is a joy to read aloud.
  • A hopeful message that is wonderful for families to share.
  • The words and pictures create a reverence for nature, something that we should be encouraging in young readers so that they grow up into environmentally responsible adults.

This page was last updated on 18 September 2021 at 19:30 GMT


  • The Tree That's Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer chronicles the life of a fir tree, too wonky and small to be cut down for Christmas, that is decorated by characterful woodland creatures and enjoyed by children. Internal rhymes, a simple text, glitter and atmospheric scenes make this picture book a treat. - Sunday Times
  • A lyrical tale which holds great hope and warmth. - Sarah Yewman, Picture Book Blogger
  • Finely brushed textures are applied with care throughout, conveying a sense of richness. - Publishers Weekly
  • Zommer's illustrations capture piney textures and manage to imbue the scraggly arboreal underdog with heart and personality. -
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