The Beautiful Christmas Tree

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Mr. Crockett is neither handsome nor fashionable, but he knows a secret—all things need love and care. With years of attention and patience, he transforms his shabby brownstone into an elegant home and brings a scrawny, neglected tree to life, teaching his critical neighbors that beauty can be found in unexpected places.
Yan Nascimbene’s striking illustrations breathe new life into this holiday classic, originally published in 1972, that gently...

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Overview

Mr. Crockett is neither handsome nor fashionable, but he knows a secret—all things need love and care. With years of attention and patience, he transforms his shabby brownstone into an elegant home and brings a scrawny, neglected tree to life, teaching his critical neighbors that beauty can be found in unexpected places.
Yan Nascimbene’s striking illustrations breathe new life into this holiday classic, originally published in 1972, that gently captures the true meaning of Christmas.

Although his elegant neighbors do not appreciate his efforts, a kind old man transforms his rundown house and nurtures a small neglected pine tree, making them the best on the street.

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Nascimbene tackles Zolotow's 1972 story, providing delicate pen-and-watercolor illustrations in pale blue and tan. Mr. Crockett, described by the neighbors as "a peculiar man," buys the long empty brownstone, and sets about washing windows and fixing it up. He digs up the small square of soil in front, and buys a wizened little pine languishing in the flower shop. He nurtures it through the winter, and when spring comes he plants the tree, remarkably bigger and more robust, outside; as years pass it becomes a majestic pine, the glory of the neighborhood. The illustrator's vision is rather austere and remote; even when the children assemble at the tree for its finest hour, the perspective is distant. Nevertheless, the quiet story endures, as does its message. (Picture book. 4-8)
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"Nascimbene tackles Zolotow's 1972 story, providing delicate pen-and-watercolor illustrations in pale blue and tan. Mr. Crockett, described by the neighbors as a peculiar man,' buys the long empty brownstone, and sets about washing windows and fixing it up. He digs up the small square of soil in front, and buys a wizened little pine languishing in the flower shop. He nurtures it through the winter, and when spring comes he plants the tree, remarkably bigger and more robust, outside; as years pass it becomes a majestic pine, the glory of the neighborhood....The quiet story endures, as does its message." Kirkus Reviews

"Nascimbene’s delicate watercolors convey the emotional warmth of Zolotow’s testament to a simple man’s faith and love." Horn Book

"Beautiful . . . tinted with colors that change in brilliance with the seasons and the moods of the story. A visual delight." Booklist, ALA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618152452
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/24/2001
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

H

alf-French, half-Italian, Yan Nascimbene

shared his childhood between these two countries. After working as a photographer's

assistant in a Paris fashion studio, Nascimbene studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California

at Davis.

N

ascimbene's illustrations have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Time, Newsweek, The Wall

Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, the New Yorker, Boston Globe, Toronto Life, Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly, Hemispheres,

etc. His commercial clients include Air France, British Airways, Continental Airlines, IBM, Apple, Macy's, Stanford University, UC

Berkeley, Bank of America, United Way, Estée Lauder, Manpower, and more.

Nascimbene also illustrated Houghton's Hachiko by Pamela Turner and The Beautiful Christmas Tree by Charlotte Zolotow

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