The Year of the Perfect Christmas Treeby Gloria McLendon Houston, Barbara Cooney
Acclaimed author Gloria Houston has written a tale that is as joyful and timeless as Christmas itself. Jewel-like paintings by two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney capture all of the season's warmth and mountain flavor. "A heartwarming holiday story, simply told and graced with true sentiment rather than sentimentality."--Kirkus Reviews. Publisher's Weekly Bestseller. Booklist Best Books of the Decade. Full color.
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Barbara Cooney's illustrations are beautiful to look at in any of her books. The story is moving with mutliple layers of emotion woven into a true family story. My kids have loved this book for years. The story is even more special when your dad is deployed in the military.