President Theodore Roosevelt was an ardent conservationist. He wouldn't allow a Christmas tree in the White House, because he felt that it was wrong to cut down a healthy pine. When he finds that two of his sons have managed to sneak a small tree into their bedroom, he marches them off to see the Chief Forester. But the President is in for a surprise. According to the Chief Forester, cutting down some small trees allows the larger ones to grow, and so . . . the White House Christmas tree is saved!
This delightful book shows that kids will be kids, even when they live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
Of course TR's notoriously rebellious brood tries to outfox their dad by secretly procuring a pine tree and stashing it away, decorated, in a bedroom closet. When discovered, TR marches the boys down to speak with Gifford Pinchot, his head of the US Forestry service. Pinchot says that sometimes cutting small trees can actually be beneficial to forests as it gives room for other trees to thrive and grow.
With that OK, the live tree (although a small one in keeping with the chief of forestry's direction) is again welcome into the White House and is part of a festive christmas celebration.
This story interests my children. Besides the Christmas hook, it involes the president and the White House, concepts they are familiar with. It also teaches a conservation lesson. Good book for the 4-7 set.