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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story Hardcover – September 30, 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Glowing words and exquisite paintings help readers share this fictional Appalachian Christmas memory as if it were from their own family traditions...Timeless."
Top Customer Reviews
And my grandaughter loved it. The descriptions reminded me so much of home and family and how we enjoyed the holidays together. The language is perfectly aligned with the customs and culture of the Appalachian People. I am so thankful for this book and the wonderful memories it has returned to me.
The time is during the Great War, the war to end all wars, World War I. The place is in the Appalachian Mountains near a small community. A little girl's father, a person who she loves dearly, takes her into the mountains to find a perfect Christmas Tree for their church; it is their families turn that year to provide the tree. High on a mountain; a crag, the tree is found. Father and daughter will return to harvest it when the time is right.
Ah, but before Christmas, father is called to war; he is gone. His last promise is that the tree will be provided by his family. Time passes. The Father does not return. Finally, the train which is carrying all the returning men from the area pulls into town. The father is not on it.
Christmas is closer and closer. Will the tree be provided?
This is truly a heartwarming story and catches the true spirit of Christmas so very, very well. It is the story of sacrificing, giving and pure love.
From a historical angle, the author has captured the period perfectly. I was absolutely delighted to come across words and terms such as "poke," "crags," "britches," and so many more. The author has capture the people and culture of that day, time and place perfectly. We will see days like that no more, but we have and will see the same emotions raging through families.Read more ›
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A wonderful Christmas book to give an older child. (6-9 years.)Published 2 months ago by Jacqueline Bainter
One of the most moving Christmas books for kids. I read it as mystery reader for my youngest daughter's first grade class and actually had to explain "happy tears versus sad... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jane hughes
This book has a wonderful Christmas message, and was one of my new favorites this year. The illustrations are very sweet, and I read it on my own a few times during the season. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer