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A City Christmas Tree    by Rebecca Bond order for
City Christmas Tree
by Rebecca Bond
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Maggie Laroche lives in the city. When the Christmas tree man sets up shop 'at the end of the block', she dreams of a city tree.

To Maggie, the zest of a Christmas tree in the city is 'like a day in the spray of the sea.' So she brings her brother Teddy to the tree man. Teddy has his own dreams - the tree's color takes him to 'the heart of the woods.' The next day they bring their brother Lucas, in whose dreams the tree lights 'shimmered like stars.' Sister Ellie dreams of the tree angel watching the world below, while their parents dream of the joyful family reunion that a city tree represents.

The family takes the tree home, where Rebecca Bond shows us, through her exuberant illustrations, how happy it makes them, and the wonderful dreams it gives them. I especially love the closing illustration of city windows at night, reflecting the lights of 'hundreds of Christmas-tree trees.' Anticipate the holidays and dream your own city tree dreams with A City Christmas Tree.

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