THE GREAT SPRUCE by John Duvall

THE GREAT SPRUCE

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A boy named Alec saves his family’s huge spruce tree from being cut down as a Christmas tree.

Alec loves the gigantic tree his grandpa planted decades earlier. Every year Alec and Grandpa decorate the tree with ornaments and outdoor lights. When Alec’s parents agree to let the tree be cut down for a nearby city’s Christmas tree, Alec convinces his family and the local townspeople to dig it up instead. The huge tree is dug up and transported by truck, barge, and horse-drawn sleigh to the big city, which appears to be New York. Alec and his grandfather go along with the tree, and the boy gets to turn the switch at the tree-lighting ceremony with the mayor. The story has the flavor of a tall tale, as the tree seems too impossibly huge to dig up and move and then return to its original home, and the tree seems to have grown even taller in its temporary location in the city. Appealing illustrations in acrylic ink and colored pencil and a huge trim size accommodate all the different views of the giant tree and its unusual journey. Alec and his family are white, the mayor of the big city has dark skin and hair, and the crowd scenes include people of many ethnic backgrounds.

A pleasant holiday story with a subtle hint to protect living trees instead of cutting them down. (author’s note) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-399-16084-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2016




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