The Tale of
by Angela Elwell Hunt
Illustrations by Tim Jonke
Page Developed by Christine
Once upon a time three trees stood upon a mountaintop dreaming of what
they would like to be. The first tree dreamed of holding
treasures of gold and precious stones. The second tree dreamed of being
a strong sailing ship and to carry powerful kings. The third tree
dreamed of staying right there on the mountaintop. He wanted to grow so
tall that he wanted people to look up and see heaven.
and the little trees grew strong. One day three woodcutters saw
the big strong trees and decided to cut them down. The first tree was
excited because he knew that he would be made into a beautiful chest
that held gold and precious stones. The second tree was also excited
because he know that he would sail on the mighty waters. The third tree
felt his heart sink for he dreamed of standing tall and pointing to
The woodcutters took the trees to the
carpenter's shop and began their work. The first tree was very
disappointed for he was made into a feed box for animals. The second
tree was also disappointed because he was made into a weak sailboat.
Every day he brought in loads of smelly fish. The third tree was very
confused for he was made into a strong beam.
Many days and nights passed until one night a young
woman placed her baby into the feed box. The first tree suddenly knew
that he was holding the greatest treasure in the world. The second tree
was out one night when a tired traveller and his friends climbed into
the old fishing boat. A terrible storm came up and the tired traveller
streched out his hand and said, "Peace". The storm stopped. The second
tree suddenly knew that he was carrying the King of heaven and earth.
The third tree was taken by suprise when he was yanked from the
woodpile. He was being carried through an angry crowd and was
frightened when soldiers nailed a man's hands to him. The third tree
suddenly knew that he was carrying God's Son and everytime people
thought of the third tree, they would think of God and that was better
than being the tallest tree.