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The Angel Tree

The Angel Tree

by Helena Clare Pittman, Jo Ellen McAllister-Stammen
     
 

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Old Cyrus McCafferty was so kindly that people often said the angels themselves must have kept him company. Every year he bought the largest, most perfect Christmas tree in Bordenville. And every year he opened his house and his heart to the town's children, inviting them in to decorate the spruce. Then one day the lights in his big house went dark. Cyrus McCafferty

Overview

Old Cyrus McCafferty was so kindly that people often said the angels themselves must have kept him company. Every year he bought the largest, most perfect Christmas tree in Bordenville. And every year he opened his house and his heart to the town's children, inviting them in to decorate the spruce. Then one day the lights in his big house went dark. Cyrus McCafferty had moved away. It was the first sign that the holiday would be very different this year...especially for Jake, who witnesses a Christmas miracle that transforms his life forever. Helena Clare Pittman's heartwarming text and Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen's glowing illustrations bring to life all the joyous wonder and generosity of spirit that are the true miracles of the holiday season. Helena Clare Pittman's many books, some of which she also illustrated, include Once When I Was Scared, which Publishers Weekly called a powerful story. Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen illustrated Wild Fox, a critically acclaimed, best-selling book written by Cherie Mason.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
For Jake, Christmas means travelling to old man Cyrus McCafferty's big house at the top of High Street. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Mr. McCafferty invites the children from town up to his house to decorate a huge spruce. Each ornament has a story. One year, the windows of the great house are dark. Mr. McCafferty has moved to his sister's house in Indiana. Jake dreams of a special tree, with ornaments placed by smiling angels. The next morning his dream melts like snow, but a package from Mr. McCafferty brings back the magic. Pastel illustrations filled with light adorn the pages.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, old Mr. McCafferty invites the children of Bordenville into his home for a party and to decorate a huge Christmas spruce. Young Jake, in particular, cherishes these gatherings and is fond of a crystal globe ornament that holds a tiny tree. His father always buys a Christmas tree, too, but it's usually the last one in the lot on Christmas Eve. Year after year, the holiday rituals repeat themselves until Mr. McCafferty moves away. Jake writes a note to tell the man how much the town will miss him, and magical things begin to happen. Jake and his dad end up with the huge Norway spruce that was intended for Mr. McCafferty, but it is too large to fit in their house and must be left outdoors until Christmas morning. During the night, Jake is awakened by caroling choirs of angels who adorn the boughs with crystal decorations. In the morning, the boy finds his father setting up the cut-down-to-size bare tree in the living room and a package from Mr. McCafferty containing the crystal globe on the doorstep. The illustrations, done in pastels on dark gray pastel paper, greatly reinforce the mood of the story. All in all, an amiable tale.--MMH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803719392
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.32(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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