The Carpenter's Gift A Christmas Tale About the Rockefeller Center Tree (Hardcover)
|In this charming Christmas story, the lasting legacy of New York''s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is chronicled. Full color.|
From the Publisher:
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.
Combining the tradition of Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree with the goals of Habitat for Humanity, this touching picture book is set in 1931 during the Great Depression. Henry's family is very poor and his father looks for whatever work he can find. One morning, he takes Henry to the forest to cut down trees to sell in New York City for Christmas. Some workers who are building what will become Rockefeller Center help the father and son out. Soon, most, but not all of the trees are sold, and Henry's father gives the biggest one to the construction workers as a thank you. This sets off something magical that Henry will remember his whole life. With illustrations and extensive notes.