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The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree

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Publisher Comments:

This new classic Christmas gift book "brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity." Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter's Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family's drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.

Written by children's nonfiction author David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Gorgeous illustrations crafted by Jim LaMarche.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Family, friendship, and the spirit of giving are at the heart of this inspiring picture book. Opening in Depression-era New York, The Carpenter's Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his out-of-work father selling Christmas trees in Manhattan. They give one of their leftover trees to construction workers building Rockefeller Center. That tree becomes the first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the finest Henry has seen when adorned with homemade decorations. Henry wishes on the tree for a nice, warm house to replace his family's drafty, one-room shack. Through the kindness of new friends and old neighbors, Henry's wish is granted, and he plants a pinecone to commemorate the event. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating to Rockefeller Center the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as a beautiful Christmas tree, its wood will be used to build a home for a family in need.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

David Rubel is a nationally recognized author, and speaker whose work focuses on making American history accessible to a broad audience. His most recent book, Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity, features a collaboration with President Jimmy Carter. David's children's books The Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times and The Scholastic Atlas of the United States have both become grade-school standards, selling more than half a million copies each in multiple editions.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375969225
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Author:
LaMarche, Jim
Author:
Rubel, David
Subject:
Children s Holiday-Christmas
Edition Description:
Library binding
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
LIBRARY BOUND
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
11.75 x 8.85 x 0.36 in 0.915 lb
Age Level:
from 5 up to 8

Related Subjects

Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 20th Century
Children's » Holidays » Christmas

The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
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Product details 48 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780375969225 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Family, friendship, and the spirit of giving are at the heart of this inspiring picture book. Opening in Depression-era New York, The Carpenter's Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his out-of-work father selling Christmas trees in Manhattan. They give one of their leftover trees to construction workers building Rockefeller Center. That tree becomes the first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the finest Henry has seen when adorned with homemade decorations. Henry wishes on the tree for a nice, warm house to replace his family's drafty, one-room shack. Through the kindness of new friends and old neighbors, Henry's wish is granted, and he plants a pinecone to commemorate the event. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating to Rockefeller Center the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as a beautiful Christmas tree, its wood will be used to build a home for a family in need.

From the Hardcover edition.

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