- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD600L (What's this?)
- Series: Picture Puffin Books
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140558772
- ISBN-13: 978-0140558777
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.1 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – October 1, 1996
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The Armistice has been declared, but still there is no sign of Ruthie's father in their little Appalachian town. So, in accordance with the traditions of Pine Grove, it falls to Ruthie and her mother to bring home the perfect Christmas tree to donate to the town. Ruthie had accompanied her father to the rocky cliff where he marked a tree in the spring, so she and her mother set out to find it again, and haul it home. Their trip becomes the basisovernightof a new town legend; Ruthie, chosen for the role of the heavenly angel in the the church Christmas play, finds herself outfitted in a madeover wedding dress of the finest silkanother "miracle" wrought by her hardworking mother. An accomplished, fluid telling garnishes this simple story, as do Cooney's moonlit paintings of wintry evenings and the welcoming glow of fire and lanterns. Ruthie is more or less an observer; her mother is the real heroine. But the way they work together to keep their family's duty is rendered in a harmonious blending of text and pictures. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
"A warm, heartfelt story that captures the family feeling of Christmas ...a beautifully wrapped present for readers of all ages."
"Glowing words and exquisite paintings help readers share this fictional Appalachian Christmas memory as if it were from their own family traditions...Timeless." --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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