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Tomie Depaola's Christmas Tree Book

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Facts and fun about Christmas Trees from the creator of Strega Nona and Quiet.

Who invented the first Christmas Tree? When and where did they become popular? Why did Teddy Roosevelt's son hide a Christmas Tree in his closet? A family learns all about Christmas trees and their legends in this imaginative and informative book from one of today's most popular children's
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Holiday House
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Barbara
This second edition of a picture book originally published in 1980 has stood the test of time, feeling just as fresh and relevant as it was several decades ago. While an extended family goes in search of a Christmas tree and then decorates it with lights and ornaments, the parents and grandmother provide some historical context about this particular tradition. It's important for youngsters today to know a little bit about how these trees came to be such an important part of this holiday as well ...more
Teresa Bateman
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published in 1980 under the title "The Family Christmas Tree Book," this is a lovely history behind the Christmas tree. DePaola depicts a family out for a Christmas tree hunt. As they select, cut, bring their tree home, and decorate it they hold a discussion about the backgrounds behind the tradition. Customs from the Middle Ages to current times are briefly examined, and Grandma chips in showing how things have changed just in her lifetime. This is an interesting, beautiful book that ...more
Raven Black
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love Tomie dePaola! This is a story about the story of Christmas trees and other traditions that we have had and currently have. It however, is a non-fiction/fiction picture book. There is little action and more show and tell. Though classic dePaola illustrations grace the pages.
Rebecca Caufman
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
interesting book filled with facts about the history of Christmas Trees told through dialogue of a family setting up their tree.
Lindsey
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun holiday facts in an easily consumable format
Kelly
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many wonderful details about the history of how the Christmas tree came to be.
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
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