The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon

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The Christmas Tree is the tale of a little girl named Anna, who is orphaned and sent to live in a convent. The lonely girl befriends, as only a child can, a tiny fir tree. Anna and Tree, as she calls him, grow up together, unlocking the secrets of friendship and sharing the wonders of nature. It is this same profound appreciation and love of nature that the grown-up Anna, now Sister Anthony, passes on to her students.

When Tree is threatened by a winter storm, Sister Anthony, by now an old woman, decides to give up her dearest friend, allowing him to become the most enjoyed and famous tree of all: the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

A perennial holiday favorite, The Christmas Tree is about learning to love and, ultimately, being able to share that love with others.

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About Julie Salamon

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About the Author Julie Salamon grew up in Seaman, Ohio, and now lives in New York City with her husband, Bill Abrams, and their children, Roxie and Eli. She worked forThe Wall Street Journalfor sixteen years as a reporter and film critic. Her writing has appeared inThe New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, andThe New Republic. She is the author of a novel,White Lies, The Devil's Candy: "The Bonfire of the Vanities" Goes to Hollywood, and ofThe Net of Dreams: A Family's Search for a Rightful Place.About the Illustrator Jill Weber lives on Frajil Farms in Mount Vernon, New Hampshire, with her husband, Frank, and their son, Remy. After working at T. Y. Crowell and Simon & Schuster, she has freelanced as an illustrator and book designer for a number of major publishers. Her most recent works include thePenny Whistlechildren's series,Expectations: Best Kept Secrets Every New Mother Should Know, and a forthcoming children's book series to be published by Random House.
Published October 29, 2002 by Random House Trade Paperbacks. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Business & Economics. Fiction

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He discovers just such a tree on the grounds of a convent in New Jersey, but Sister Anthony, who has a special relationship with the magnificent Norway Spruce (she calls it simply Tree, and talks to it), is loath to let it be cut down.

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