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on September 20, 2011
"The Christmas Tree Ship" is a beautifully illustrated children's book. The oil and acrylic color illustrations by Chris Ellison are superb and capture the emotions of the story. To add to the realism of the story some of the paintings are done in sepia tones to convey the early 1900's era. The story is fiction but is based on historical facts. The author, Carol Crane, remembers the tales that her grandfather used to tell her and her brother as they spent Christmas with him at the lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan. Carol Crane bases this book on one of her grandfather's stories about Captain Herman Schuenemann and his Great Lakes Schooner, "Rouse Simmons". Each year Captain Schuenemann took his schooner to the shores of Northern Michigan and loaded it with thousands of Christmas trees and then transported them to Chicago where he sold them for 50 cents and a dollar. He also often gave them away to poor families. You will want to read this book to find out more about the adventures of Captain Schuenemann and his Christmas tree ship, "Rouse Simmons" and how his legacy lived on even after he was gone. You will also want to find out why they display a Christmas tree atop the lighthouse each year.

Carol Crane vividly recounts this experience from her childhood memory of spending Christmas with her grandfather. Being a lighthouse enthusiast, I can't tell you how excited I was when I opened the book and found that the story setting was at a lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan. I would highly recommend this delightful Christmas book. This book would be an ideal book to read to a third to fifth grade class. It could be read in 20 to 30 minutes including the time for showing the illustrations. Anyone who enjoys Christmas or nautical stories will enjoy this book.
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on June 1, 2014
This is a wonderful story to read at Christmas time. A memorable story that adds an additional meaning to think about as we see all those beautiful Christmas trees each year. The dedication of this man and family is inspirational and heartwarming. A good family read aloud for all ages!
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on May 11, 2017
Great story!
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on December 19, 2016
can't wait to read this to my grand kids soon
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on February 4, 2016
Not worth the price. I'd like more story but this seemed to be an "outline" for a story.
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on March 10, 2014
I buy a new book every year for our Christmas. I love reading books and try to encourage reading with my grandchildren as I did with my children.
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on August 1, 2013
Got this for my daughter to do a heritage fair project on. It is such a neat story and the illustrations in this book are great. It's colorful and keeps my toddler interested also!
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on March 3, 2014
Loved this book as i am from the Two Rivers, WI area. In our local museum are paintings and memorabilia concerning the ship.
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on December 10, 2014
A story that Chicago should always remember, beautiful illustrations.
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