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The Christmas Eve Tree    by Delia Huddy & Emily Sutton order for
Christmas Eve Tree
by Delia Huddy
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2016 (2016)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

All members of the family will enjoy this special holiday tale about a poor, scrawny, little fir tree who ends up not being selected by anyone for the usual Christmas decorating job.

Just when it appears the tree will end up on the ash heap because no one wants it, a little boy asks if he can have the tree. Taking it to an area under a railway bridge where homeless people congregate, the boy decorates the tree with a few candles and places it in a box of dirt.

Then, quite magically, the fir tree casts its spell over the few people who gather around it and soon their singing of holiday carols drowns out the rumble of trains passing by overhead.

There's more to this story, though. After Christmas a friendly street sweeper salvages the tree from a fiery bonfire and quite miraculously the tree that no one wanted begins another phase of its life when it is planted in a nearby park.

A warm, uplifting story, The Christmas Eve Tree is a touching tale that is destined to become a holiday classic. You'll want to add this to your Christmas library and share this picture book with family and friends for years to come.

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