set on the Whitefish Bay Indian Reservation, this story is teaches about the love of a grandmother for her children and the true meaning of Christmas. Thesetting and characters feel real and the story reings with the authenticity of personal anecdote. David Beyer’s illustrations are simple but evokative. These fluid line drawings would make for excellent study for visual arts lessons. The Crying Christmas Tree could be thematically linked to first Nations, Christmas, family, caring, [portratirue, drawing, traditions, celebrations.