The Christmas Tugboat by George Matteson
How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City

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...this book should do well as supplemental reading for discussions on history, holidays, transportation, and unusual occupations.
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Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas tree, and the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City has said it beautifully since 1931. But how does the tree get there? One year, the tugboat captain (and author) George Matteson, his wife, and their daughter traveled by tug to fetch the giant tree. This dramatic picture book tells the story of their real-life journey up the Hudson River, and James Ransome's striking paintings capture the excitement of the trip and the pride of the young girl who helped steer the tug into New York Harbor.

 

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George Matteson grew up around boats and has crewed on and captained many different types, including tugboats, an 1885 schooner, fishing boats, and a fisheries research vessel. He's the author of two adult books, Tugboats of New York: An Illustrated History and Draggerman: Fishing on Georges Bank, as well as many articles in marine publications. Adele Ursone is an artist, editor, and former editorial director of Universe/Rizzoli. She accompanied her husband, George Matteson, on towing jobs whenever her schedule allowed and loved their time on the water, often doing watercolor sketches while under way. You can see her artwork at www.adeleursone.com . They live with their daughter in New York City and Sedgwick, Maine, never far from water. George Matteson grew up around boats and has crewed on and captained many different types, including tugboats, an 1885 schooner, fishing boats, and a fisheries research vessel. He's the author of two adult books, Tugboats of New York: An Illustrated History and Draggerman: Fishing on Georges Bank, as well as many articles in marine publications. Adele Ursone is an artist, editor, and former editorial director of Universe/Rizzoli. She accompanied her husband, George Matteson, on towing jobs whenever her schedule allowed and loved their time on the water, often doing watercolor sketches while under way. You can see her artwork at www.adeleursone.com . They live with their daughter in New York City and Sedgwick, Maine, never far from water. James Ransome has illustrated more than 35 books for children, including many award winners. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his wife, children's book authorĂ¡Lesa Cline Ransome, and their four children. Visit his website at www.jamesransome.com .
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Clarion Books. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard on Oct 16 2012

...this book should do well as supplemental reading for discussions on history, holidays, transportation, and unusual occupations.

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