Keith Strand Grandfather's Christmas Tree

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Grandfather's Christmas Tree

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A young couple begin their life together in the Colorado wilderness--they clear the land, build a house, and plan for the baby that will soon be born. But when a fierce winter storm blows in, they are left with little hope.
Thomas Locker's glorious paintings and Keith Strand's inspiring reverie bring the Christmas spirit to life.

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Grandfather's Christmas Tree is KEITH STRAND's first book for children. He lives in Colorado.

THOMAS LOCKER is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, including Water Dance and Cloud Dance. A recipient of the prestigious Christopher Award, he lives in Stuyvesant, New York.

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Grade 1-3-A young man and his wife move to Colorado in the spring of 1886 and build a home in a remote area half a day's wagon ride from the nearest town. Severe blizzards in November and December force them to chop down some sheltering spruce trees to heat their frigid cabin. The two discover a pair of geese taking shelter under the lone remaining spruce and they agonize over whether to cut it down. Despite their troubles, the woman gives birth to a healthy baby boy, and the family manages to survive until the next big winter storm arrives. After a night of "hoping and praying for a miracle," they awaken on Christmas morning to find a change in the weather. Although the text reads smoothly, the couple's dire circumstances are repeatedly emphasized to the point that they bog down the narrative. Locker's characteristically beautiful oil landscapes and, in the nature scenes, breathtaking use of color draw readers' attention. Strand ties up his tale with a holiday tradition that commemorates that fateful winter, which may spark children to inquire about their own family customs. For read-aloud programs, this title could be paired with Gloria Houston's The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree (Dial, 1988) for a historical approach to Christmas.-M.M.H.
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