The Beautiful Christmas Tree

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 1, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Mr. Crockett is neither handsome nor fashionable, but he knows a secret—all things need love and care. With years of attention and patience, he transforms his shabby brownstone into an elegant home and brings a scrawny, neglected tree to life, teaching his critical neighbors that beauty can be found in unexpected places.
Yan Nascimbene’s striking illustrations breathe new life into this holiday classic, originally published in 1972, that gently captures the true meaning of Christmas.

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A quiet man who plants a pine tree in front of his house, which grows over the years until it becomes the most beautiful Christmas tree in the neighbourhood. The man is ignored and criticized by his ... Read full review

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this story is about a man who moves into the most humble looking house on the block. In the side walk he finds a patch of dirt and plants a sad looking tree. Over the years the neighborws always see ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Half-French, half-Italian, the late Yan Nascimbene shared his childhood between these two countries. After working as a photographer's assistant in a Paris fashion studio, Nascimbene studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California at Davis. Nascimbene's illustrations have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, the New Yorker, Boston Globe, Toronto Life, Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly, Hemispheres, etc. His commercial clients include Air France, British Airways, Continental Airlines, IBM, Apple, Macy's, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Bank of America, United Way, Estee Lauder, Manpower, and more. Nascimbene also illustrated Houghton's Hachiko by Pamela Turner and The Beautiful Christmas Tree by Charlotte Zolotow

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