The Great Spruce

John Duvall (Author) Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
October 18, 2016
Pages
40
Dimensions
10.1 X 0.5 X 11.6 inches | 1.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780399160844

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About the Author

John Duvall grew up on Long Island, New York, where he started work as a tree climber--a job that quickly developed into a lifelong passion for trees. In 2009, he wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about the Christmas tree tradition. John is a tree-care consultant in New York. The Great Spruce is his debut picture book.

Rebecca Gibbon is the illustrator of several picture books, including Papa Is a Poet, Celebritrees, and Elizabeth Leads the Way, which was named an ALA Notable Book. Rebecca lives in England with her husband and their two sons.

Reviews

Praise for The Great Spruce

"Why do we chop down Christmas trees, anyway? Duvall is out to persuade readers to try a live tree. . . . Gibbon's loose art is just right, making the winter world look teeming, twinkling and homey."--The New York Times Book Review

"Appealing illustrations in acrylic ink and colored pencil... A pleasant holiday story with a subtle hint to protect living trees instead of cutting them down."--Kirkus Reviews

"Gibbon's (The Bee Who Spoke) images of a countryside speckled with cottages and snowy cityscapes recall the work of Ludwig Bemelmans, amplifying the sweetly nostalgic mood of newcomer Duvall's story."--Publishers Weekly

"An attractive holiday offering with an environmental focus."--School Library Journal

"Gibbon's cozy acrylic-ink and colored-pencil art accentuates the tree's grandeur in both its idyllic country home and its big-city home-away."--The Horn Book