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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story

Ruthie and her mother have been waiting for her father to return home now that Armistice has ended the Great War — but so far, there is no sign of him. Still, life goes on, and in their town that means Ruthie's family always provides the perfect Christmas tree for the town's church. Ruthie and her father picked one in the spring; now she and her mother have to go into the mountains to cut it down and bring it home.

There are more worries, too — like what Ruthie can possibly wear as the heavenly angel in the church Christmas pageant. But her hardworking mother ensures Ruthie has the perfect costume, sacrificing her wedding dress to make this little miracle happen... only for both of them to get a true Christmas miracle when the pageant is over. This unforgettable tale, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney, has become a seasonal classic — a touching and joyful story about courage and the power of family.

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"The Armistice has been declared, but still there is no sign of Ruthie's father in their little Appalachian town. So, in accordance with the traditions of Pine Grove, it falls to Ruthie and her mother to bring home the perfect Christmas tree to donate to the town.... Ruthie, chosen for the role of the heavenly angel in the the church Christmas play, finds herself outfitted in a made-over wedding dress of the finest silk — another "miracle" wrought by her hardworking mother." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Gloria Houston
Illustrator Barbara Cooney
ISBN 9780803702998
Publication Date Jan 1, 1988
Publisher Puffin
Language English