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The Queen and the First Christmas Tree
The Queen and the First Christmas Tree

The Queen and the First Christmas Tree

Queen Charlotte's Gift to England

By Nancy Churnin, Illustrated by Luisa Uribe



32 Pages, 8 x 10

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, PDF

Hardcover Picture Book, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: October 2018

ISBN 9780807566367

Rights: WOR

Albert Whitman & Company (Oct 2018)

Out of Stock. E-book edition is available.


The true story of the kind, unconventional queen who introduced the Christmas tree to her adopted country

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.


"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

Author Biography

Nancy Churnin is the author of Charlie Takes His Shot, The William Hoy Story, and Manhi Moves a Mountain. She is also the theater critic for the Dallas Morning News. Luisa Uribe is an illustrator and designer of children's media, who lives in Bogotá, Colombia.