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Every year Farmer Tuttle loads his truck with Christmas trees fresh from his farm and drives down to the city to sell them. Then he picks out a special Christmas hat to bring home to Mrs. Tuttle. But one year, people stopped buying real Christmas trees. Fake ones were more convenient, they said. So Farmer Tuttle had to return home without a hat to give his wife. The Tuttles worried; if they couldn’t sell their trees anymore, what would they do? Just when they’re about to sell all their trees to a man from the sawmill, a mysterious letter arrives requesting Farmer Tuttle’s finest tree . . .
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John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their “commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).”
John and Ann Hassett have collaborated on many heartwarming picture books for children. They live in Waldoboro, Maine, with two small girls, chickens, and a dog, as well as mice in the walls.
K-Gr. 2. The husband-and-wife team known for Cat up a Tree (1998)and others considers the human costs of technological advancement through a simple seasonal debate: real Christmas trees or plastic? Lured by the convenience of trees that "go back in the attic till next Christmas," customers bypass farmer Tuttle's genuine evergreens, leaving him unable to buy Mrs. Tuttle a gift. Just when the crop seems destined for the toothpick factory, a mysterious customer requests Tuttle's "finest tree," whisking it away amid telltale elfin footprints and leaving payment behind--a Christmas hat for Mrs. Tuttle. The combination of a small-businessman's economic crisis with this sweet but impractical gesture doesn't really work, and many children will be left wondering how the struggling Tuttles will manage without a livelihood. Despite this loose end, addressed only through a hint in the final painting, there are visual rewards in the Hassetts' folk art-style bustling townscapes and country scenes, which give all the clues needed to identify Mr. Tuttle's final customer. Jennifer Mattson
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Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 2010. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0547406231_abe_bn
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