Synopses & Reviews
Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas tree, and the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City has said it beautifully since 1931. But how does the tree get there? One year, the tugboat captain (and author) George Matteson, his wife, and their daughter traveled by tug to fetch the giant tree. This dramatic picture book tells the story of their real-life journey up the Hudson River, and James Ransome's striking paintings capture the excitement of the trip and the pride of the young girl who helped steer the tug into New York Harbor.
"A girl wakes on a November morning at dawn to accompany her mother and father a New York Harbor tugboat captain on a special excursion: to pick up a tow ship carrying the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and deliver it to New York City. Ransome's smudgy acrylic scenes transition smoothly from panoramic views of the tug crossing in front of the Manhattan skyline to intimate moments, such as an image of the girl riding with her father in the inviting pilot house. Readers will be captivated by the vivid details of the journey (based on the authors' experiences with their daughter), which help form a radiant Christmas story. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Readers will be captivated by the vivid details of the journey, which help form a radiant Christmas story."—Publishers Weekly,
"An attractive addition to the holiday shelf."—School Library Journal
"Readers will be captivated by the vivid details of the journey, which help form a radiant Christmas story."
and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"What gives this story depth is the richness of James E. Ransome's paintings: His use of color brings majesty to the working of men and machines in the shifting light of early dawn."
and#8212;Wall Street Journal
"An attractive addition to the holiday shelf."
and#8212;School Library Journal
The splendid iconicand#160;Christmas tree at New York City's Rockefeller Center doesn't just spring up overnight. Itand#160;is delivered byand#160;tugboat on the Hudson River. This is the story of how one such tree made the journey.