The Carpenter's Gift

A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree

By David Rubel; Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)
(Random House Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375869228, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

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This new classic Christmas gift book "brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity." Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter's Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family's drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.

Written by children's nonfiction author David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Gorgeous illustrations crafted by Jim LaMarche.




About the Author
David Rubel is the author of the Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times and the Scholastic Atlas of the United States. He lives in Chatham, New York.

Jim LaMarche is one of the most talented artists working in children's books today. His many successful books include "Rainbabies" by Laura Kraus Melmed and "Albert" by Donna Jo Napoli, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and "Up" and "Raft", which he also wrote. Most recently he illustrated "The Carpenter's Gift" by David Rubel. Jim lives in Santa Cruz, California.
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