This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make their special friend's wish come true.
Maxine loves her giant tree in the Walbran Valley, but as she gazes at clearcuts from the car window, she worries. What if her tree is gone? Her family and friends trek through the old growth forest, and Maxine runs on ahead to check. Yes, her tree is there. She stands at its foot and listens, but it doesn't make its special sound, "Keer, keer." She will soon learn that "Keer, keer" is the sound a marbled murrelet (a mamu) makes. The mamu is an endangered seabird that flies far from the sea to nest in the high flat branches of the Sitka spruce. When a tree-climber confirms the presence of a mamu nest, Maxine's tree will be safe forever.
The friends find a treasure that doesn't belong to them. Should they keep it? Or should they try to find the owner? Character concepts: Being responsible, being honest, working together
Will Turbo Turtle be able to help the bunny troop in time? Character concept: Caring: Help people in need.
Will Neat Nick have to clean up the streets all by himself or will Sloppy Joe learn to change his ways? Character concept: Citizenship: Protect the environment.
The friends are happy it is Field Day! But then they learn there is no race for turtles. How can the friends help the turtles have fun too? Character concepts: Working together, empathy, being a good friend, self-esteem.
It's Ted's birthday and everyone's forgotten the important date! How do the friends save the day and come up with the perfect gift? It's a surprise you'll have to discover. Character concepts: Being responsible, empathy, being a good friend, working together.
Pip has a problem. Tab promised to make lunch for the big picnic. But when Pip arrives, nothing is ready. How do Pip and Tab work together to make the picnic a success? Character concepts: Being a good friend, working together, being responsible.
When things begin to disappear, the friends want to know who is responsible. Can they forgive the theif and turn a fiend into a friend? Character concepts: Self-esteem, being honest, being a good friend, working together.
Bun loves to wear hats. She's very creative. But when she hears her friends make fun of her hats, Bun is sad. How will the friends cheer her up? Character concepts: Self-esteem, empathy, being honest, being a good friend, working together
Sox can't wait for the big race. But Tab decides to run in the race and asks Sox to help him train. Sox knows Tab is slow. Will Tab slow Sox down or will Sox run to win? Character concepts: Perseverance, self-esteem, empathy, being a good friend, working together
Every day the blue jays find a way to bother Ted. Will these bully birds keep Ted inside or will his friends find a way to help? Character concepts: Self-esteem, perseverance, being a good friend
The bugs in Bugville have had it with bullies! How will they solve the problem? Bullying: Helping Through Teamwork.