One Splendid Tree

One Splendid Tree

by Marilyn Helmer, Dianne Eastman
     
 

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With Daddy away fighting in the Second World War, Hattie, Junior and Momma have had to move to the city so Momma can take a factory job. Money is tight, and this year a Christmas tree is a luxury the family cannot afford. But Junior finds an abandoned plant in the hallway, and in his eyes, it holds the promise of Christmas magic. If he can only convince Hattie,

Overview

With Daddy away fighting in the Second World War, Hattie, Junior and Momma have had to move to the city so Momma can take a factory job. Money is tight, and this year a Christmas tree is a luxury the family cannot afford. But Junior finds an abandoned plant in the hallway, and in his eyes, it holds the promise of Christmas magic. If he can only convince Hattie, maybe they can have a tree after all!

Marilyn Helmer's tender story and Dianne Eastman's richly detailed photocollage art bring this Christmas past to vivid life.

Includes instructions on how to make your own snowman decoration!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[T]he overall effect is warm and authentic.

[S]imple and satisfying ...

Publishers Weekly
Not even the shadow of WWII can dampen the magic of Christmas in this uplifting, albeit dense, tale of hope and community. With Daddy away fighting the war, times on the homefront are tough for Momma, Hattie and Junior. They will forgo holiday frills this year, but as far as Junior is concerned, without a tree it just isn't Christmas. An abandoned plant in their shabby apartment building soon proves the festive boost everyone needs, and all the building's tenants (even Daddy from afar) contribute to the decorating effort. At times, the character portraits appear a bit distorted, but in general the computer-generated collages convey a snazzy mix of period photos and illustration. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Hattie and her younger brother, Junior, live in an apartment. Their father is in the military during World War II. Their mother works and money is scarce. They do not expect to have a Christmas tree this year. When Junior sees an old palm plant in the hall, he decides to decorate it for Christmas. He and Hattie make paper chains. Their mother shows Junior how to make yarn snowmen. Hattie makes foil stars. Someone moves the tree to the front hall. Each day more decorations mysteriously appear on the "tree." On Christmas Eve, the various apartment dwellers have a party. The children's daddy sends them a gold angel which gets placed at the top of the tree. A real Christmas is created by the children's efforts. The drab photo-collages capture the tenor of the times with the house furnishings such as the radio, refrigerator, and knickknacks—although Junior sports Harry Potter glasses. Children will enjoy making a yarn snowman by following the directions at the end. 2005, Kids Can Press Ltd, Ages 4 to 8.
—Carlee Hallman
Quill & Quire
[Simple and satisfying ...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554531660
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marilyn Helmer is the author of many books for children, including One Splendid Tree and Funtime Riddles. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.

Dianne Eastman worked in advertising before she turned to full-time design and illustration of children's books. She lives in northern Ontario.

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