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  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780399160844
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $29.99

The Great Spruce


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Together with his grandpa, a young boy finds a way to save his favorite tree in this heartwarming Christmas tale.

Together with his grandpa, a young boy finds a way to save his favorite tree in this heartwarming Christmas tale.

Alec loves to climb trees—the little apple trees, the wide willow trees, even the tall locust trees. But his favorite is the great spruce, with its sturdy trunk and branches that stretch up to the sky. Alec’s grandpa planted it as a sapling years and years before Alec was born, and every Christmas, Alec and his grandpa decorate the tree together, weaving tinsel and lights through its branches, making it shine bright.

But one day, a few curious men from the nearby city take notice of Alec’s glistening great spruce, and ask to take it away for their Christmas celebration. Though it’s a huge honor, Alec’s heartbroken at the idea of losing his friend. With great courage and creativity, Alec comes up with a plan to save his favorite tree in this joyful holiday tale.

Praise for The Great Spruce:

  • Pub date: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780399160844
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $29.99

Praise for The Great Spruce

“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


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