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.
"The message is the medium in this zany fictionalized version of the 1987 story of a garbage-laden barge that left Long Island for North Carolina after local landfills closed. To create the book's innovative artwork, Red Nose Studio, aka artist Chris Sickels, photographed sets he fashioned from recycled materials, found objects, and garbage (the characters are made from acrylic clay). He chronicles this process on the inside of the jacket a crafty double use of paper in keeping with the theme. Winter's (Barack) bombastic narrative exposes the folly of the six-month journey, as the 'Cap'm' of the tug pulling the stinky barge is turned away from port after port. Winter revels in dialogue throughout ('Dere's dis guy down in Mexico he owes me a favor,' the captain's boss tells him), and the artwork is equally gleeful (in Florida, elderly residents floating in inner tubes angrily shake their fists, refusing to let the barge dock). Though kids aren't likely to miss the message, a sign on a buoy shouts it out: 'Moral: Don't make so much garbage!!!' Funky in every sense of the word. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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
Teaching environmental awareness has become a national priority, and this hilarious work (subtly) drives home the message that we can't produce unlimited trash without consequences. Perfect for Earth Day--or any day. Illustrations.
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.
About the Author
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Teaching environmental awareness has become a national priority, and this hilarious book (subtly) drives home the message that we cant produce unlimited trash without consequences. Based on incredible true events, Jonah Winter brings us the flavorful story that starts in a little town on Long Island that has a big problem: 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it! Enter the garbage barge, who hauls the junk down the coast of North America looking for a place to dump it. . . .
Humorous language and amazing art built out of junk, toys, and found objects by Red Nose Studio make this the perfect book for Earth Day or any day. Photos of the work-in-progress on the back side of the jacket offers added appeal.