Written by children's nonfiction author David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. David Rubel's fictional narrative, which is set during the Great Depression, is inspired by the very first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree - set up informally by construction workers on the site, in 1931 - and follows the story of a young boy whose father, out of work and down on his luck, takes him down to New York City to A poignant holiday tale, one which highlights the importance of generosity, and the joy of unexpected gifts at Christmas-time, The Carpenter's Gift was a pleasure to read! The illustrator, Jim La Marche, has rendered the historical period and emotions of the characters in what appears to be beautiful pastel drawings. The boy grows up to be a carpenter and gives the gift of a spruce tree to the people of New York City. It captured the time period, the history of the Rockefeller tree, and generous and helping people, from his dad giving the workers the tree, to them repaying it by helping them build a home. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone to become a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.
They all decorated the biggest tree with paper garland, cranberries on string and tin cans. He has lectured at the National Archives in Washington, D. Inspiring, well written, beautifully illustrated, this is a stellar book. Detailed characterizations and a straightforward tone keep the tender tale from becoming saccharine. It is really a sweet book. Henry finds a pinecone on the ground, and he takes it as a keepsake in order to remember that magical day.
After bringing joy to thousands as a beautiful Christmas tree, its wood will be used to build a home for a family in need. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. I love the color of that blue curtain. One day a man comes by and asks Henry if he would be willing to donate the tree to Rockefeller Center as their annual Christmas tree. In the evening when the street lights came on the tree sparkled like nothing Henry had ever seen.
Henry had planted a tree next to A great picture book for elementary students during the Christmas season. Parents will appreciate the themes of generosity and kindness, as we enter the holiday season. A 1983 graduate of Columbia University, where he was sports editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator, David began his career as a correspondent for the Pacific News Service, covering everything from rock music to street gangs. When the father decides to chop down trees and haul them to New York City to sell, he and his son make the early morning trek. I didn't know it was set during the Great Depression.
LaMarche's almost impressionistic colored-pencil illustrations put readers in the midst of the action. Upon hearing that, Henry knew what he must do. 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. With renewed hope for the future, young Henry plants a pinecone he has saved from the Rockefeller Center tree. After bringing joy to thousands as a beautiful Christmas tree, its wood will be used to build a home for a family in need. There on Christmas Day they construct a new house for Henry and his family.
While factional, this is a tale inspired by the true story of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, this is a joy to behold. It brought me to tears to read it with my 5 year old daughter. 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. Each year, the tree is milled into lumber that Habitat for Humanity uses to build a simple, decent home with a family in need. Family, friendship, and the spirit of giving are at the heart of this inspiring picture book. His most recent book, If I Had a Hammer, includes a foreward by former president Jimmy Carter.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Sweet, heart-warming story with facts about the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Habitat for Humanity International at the back of the book. Henry lives in an unheated shack with his parents. An essay about The Carpenter's Gift from Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States and dedicated Habitat volunteer As president of the United States, Jimmy Carter was deeply committed to social justice and basic human rights. Written by children's nonfiction author David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.
In the end, the boy now an old man is presented with yet another opportunity to keep the spirit of that original kindness alive and enriching the lives of others in new ways. We live in New York and it could easily be motivation to take them to Rockerfeller Center to ice skate by the tree that is mentioned in the story. I've purchased 10 of them! The author told it that they sat up the trees where some workers were at, who helped them out. His work has been awarded the Parents magazine Best Book of the Year; the Irma S. The story touches on how people struggled to earn any money during the depression, the construction projects such as Rockefeller Center that were undertaken during the Great Depression, the importance of a community pulling together and pooling resources to help one another and the magic of a Christmas tradition - the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and how in this story the magic of this symbol embodies the spirit of generosity in this nation and how it is passed from one struggling generation to the next.
Black Award for Excellence in Picture Books; and the American Bookseller Association Pick-of-the-List. Supplemental information about Rockefeller Center and Habitat for Humanity are included at the end. The workers decorate the trees with all sorts of homemade items. David Rubel's fictional narrative, which is set during the Great Depression, is inspired by the very first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree - set up informally by construction workers on the site, in 1931 - and follows the story of a young boy whose father, out of work and down on his luck, takes him down to New York City to sell trees. Not trying to be sexist, because she could grow up to be a carpenter, but a girl might not ever use the hammer.
Pretty mature for a kid not to complain that they didn't have warm planets or coal for the stove, 'because it was nobody's fault. LaMarche conveys emotional resonance with gauzy, soft-hued paintings of the inspirational proceedings. His lushly rendered illustrations appear in our recent release, The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye, by Jane Yolen. The workers, touched by the father and son, have shown up, and then. That's nice they decided to give the worker the leftover trees they had. But how does the tree get there? They give one of their leftover trees to construction workers building Rockefeller Center.