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The Carpenter's Gift by David Rubel
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Jan 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: christmas, picture-book-for-older-readers
Read in January, 2012

A great picture book for elementary students during the Christmas season. The story does feature Christmas, but it is more about giving than about the holiday itself. Henry and his father borrow a truck to sell Christmas trees in New York. They sell a big one to the workers building the Rockefeller Center and the next day the workers come to help fix up their house. Henry grows up and moves away, but then returns to the simple house the workers ended up building. Henry had planted a tree next to the house from a pinecone that fell off of the tree his father sold to the workers. It grew very tall and in Henry's old age, was selected to be the Rockefeller Christmas tree. Henry decides to donate the tree and passes on the spirit of giving. Supplemental information about Rockefeller Center and Habitat for Humanity are included at the end. Although the book is not a true story for the setting (1931), in 2007 the wood from the Rockefeller Center tree was donated to Habitat for Humanity and has been ever since.
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