Holiday Hope Pays Off for a Little Christmas Tree

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Doris Jensen Cadwallader pens endearing Christmas tale, ‘Little Pine’s Christmas Story’

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I want all children to know they are special

One Christmas Eve, author and educator Doris Jensen Cadwallader noticed a little Christmas tree standing all alone on a tree lot. “I felt compassion for it,” she said. She stopped and took a picture of it, telling her family that some day she was going to write a story about that little tree, a timely and endearing story that she has penned and now shares with readers in “Little Pine’s Christmas Story” (published by AuthorHouse).

Little Pine’s only wish was to brighten up someone’s Christmas. His wish seemed like it wasn’t meant to be as the days passed and he remained unchosen. How could he be so happy for all the other trees when they were being chosen and it seemed he would be spending Christmas alone on the lot?

Little Pine was special, however. He had an awesome attitude – an attitude that, in the end, led to a very happy and memorable Christmas.

An excerpt from “Little Pine’s Christmas Story”:

“Late Christmas Eve, just as the owner was closing the lot so he could go home to spend Christmas with his family, a very nice farmer man, (let’s call him Gramps) stopped by in his pickup truck. He saw Little Pine looking sad and lonely. He walked over and said, ‘Little tree,’ (he didn’t know his name was Little Pine), ‘I have the perfect place for you. I will take you home with me to the country where there is a nice place for you in my yard. The birds, rabbits, squirrels, and other small furry animals need a nice, warm, cozy place to spend the winter. They can cuddle up inside your branches and stay warm. You will give them shelter, and I will give them food. They will be so happy.’ Little Pine was beginning to feel happy again.”

“I want all children to know they are special,” Cadwallader explains. “It is okay to feel sad if they are not chosen for a team because they don’t run fast, hit the ball as hard, sing or dance as well as someone else, but to never get discouraged or give up. If they do their best, are kind to others and have a good attitude, they are special. Just keep believing…there is a special place for them.”

About the Author
Having spent 40 years teaching and working with preschoolers in church, preschool and home daycare, Doris Jensen Cadwallader found a passion for writing about and illustrating her fond memories of the children. “Little Pine’s Christmas Story” is her second publication. She also enjoys reading historical and contemporary books, working crossword puzzles and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband live in Louisiana, Mo.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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