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The Christmas Tree

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The Christmas Tree

The classic New York Times–bestselling tale of friendship, generosity, and the magic and wonder of the Christmas spirit

On his annual search for Rockefeller Center's next Christmas tree, the chief gardener spots an ideal candidate: a stately Norway spruce located on the grounds of a convent. There he meets Sister Anthony, a nun for whom the tree has special meaning. Orphaned and sent to the convent as a lonely young girl, Sister Anthony befriended the then-tiny spruce whom she lovingly named "Tree." Over the following decades, as the tree grew, so did Sister Anthony's appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature.

She is reluctant to see her oldest and closest friend chopped down and sent away to New York City. But when a fierce blizzard threatens the old tree's existence, Sister Anthony realizes it's time to let the world enjoy Tree as she has for nearly her whole life.

Accompanied by charming illustrations and a new introduction by the author, The Christmas Tree is a heartwarming story of love and friendship, a modern holiday classic for all ages.

The classic New York Times–bestselling tale of friendship, generosity, and the magic and wonder of the Christmas spirit

On his annual search for Rockefeller Center's next Christmas tree, the chief gardener spots an ideal candidate: a stately Norway spruce located on the grounds of a convent. There he meets Sister Anthony, a nun for whom the tree has special meaning. Orphaned and sent to the convent as a lonely young girl, Sister Anthony befriended the then-tiny spruce whom she lovingly named "Tree." Over the following decades, as the tree grew, so did Sister Anthony's appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature.

She is reluctant to see her oldest and closest friend chopped down and sent away to New York City. But when a fierce blizzard threatens the old tree's existence, Sister Anthony realizes it's time to let the world enjoy Tree as she has for nearly her whole life.

Accompanied by charming illustrations and a new introduction by the author, The Christmas Tree is a heartwarming story of love and friendship, a modern holiday classic for all ages.

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  • Julie Salamon is an award-winning author and journalist. She has been a reporter and film critic for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar, among other publications. Her books include Wendy and the Lost Boys, a biography of playwright Wendy Wasserstein; The Devil's Candy, a behind-the-scenes account of the 1980s box-office flop Bonfire of the Vanities; and, with illustrator Jill Weber, the New York Times bestseller The Christmas Tree, as well as two middle-grade novels, Mutt's Promise and Cat in the City. Salamon is also chair of the Bowery Residents' Committee, a community organization that provides support for individuals who are homeless and struggling with addiction or mental illness in New York City.

    Jill Weber is an artist, illustrator, and freelance designer. She has collaborated with author Julie Salamon on the New York Times bestseller The Christmas Tree and the middle-grade novels Cat in the City and Mutt's Promise. Her other illustrated books include Christmas Tree Farm by Ann Purmell, a Junior Library Guild Selection and New York Times Christmas pick; Higher: A Rosh Hashanah Story by Eric A. Kimmel, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler, a New York Times holiday pick.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 2, 1996
    Trying not to behave like Scrooge may be a book critic's most difficult task this Christmas season. This thin holiday fable is based on a true incident, but it is saturated with sentimentality. Narrated by the unnamed, curmudgeonly chief gardener of Rockefeller Center, the tale concerns his annual search for the tree whose lighting heralds the holiday season in Manhattan. When the narrator says that he looks for a tree that has "character," whose "beauty comes from the inside and not just the outside,'' we know we must swallow some anthropomorphic whimsy. He discovers just such a tree on the grounds of a convent in New Jersey, but Sister Anthony, who has a special relationship with the magnificent Norway Spruce (she calls it simply Tree, and talks to it), is loath to let it be cut down. She tells the narrator the story of her life: how, as a lonely orphan child she was brought to the convent, where the tree became her only friend. When she decides to make the supreme sacrifice, her message--that we must look for beauty even when life is hard--melts the crusty old man's heart. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Saloman, who wrote such incisive books as The Devil's Candy and The Net of Dreams, seems to have overdosed on saccharine. Random House audio.

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