Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
With Daddy away fighting in the Second World War, Hattie, Junior and Momma have had to move to the city so Momma can take a factory job. Money is tight, and this year a Christmas tree is a luxury the family cannot afford. But Junior finds an abandoned plant in the hallway, and in his eyes, it holds the promise of Christmas magic. If he can only convince Hattie, maybe they can have a tree after all!
Marilyn Helmer's tender story and Dianne Eastman's richly detailed photocollage art bring this Christmas past to vivid life.
Includes instructions on how to make your own snowman decoration!
About the authors
Marilyn Helmer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, moved to New Brunswick, then to Quebec, then to Ireland, then back to Canada, all before she was five years old. Perhaps that is why she loves to travel, both in North America and abroad. Marilyn's main passion though is writing for children. She discovered a knack for storytelling at a very young age when she made up wild and creative excuses for the occasional bout of mischief. In elementary school she became an avid Nancy Drew fan. With a couple of like-minded friends, she began writing and telling her own mystery stories. But it wasn't until many years later, when she started reading to her son and daughter, that Marilyn's dream of writing for children was born. Success did not happen overnight but it did happen. Marilyn's stories, poems and articles have appeared in children's magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. Her published books include picturebooks, chapter books, novels, riddle books and retold fairy tales.
Dianne Eastman Dianne Eastman worked in advertising before she turned to full-time design and illustration of children’s books. She lives in northern Ontario.
- Winner, Children's Book Award, Rotary Club of Hamilton
[T]he overall effect is warm and authentic.
School Library Journal
[S]imple and satisfying ...
Quill & Quire
One Splendid TreeMoney is tight with Daddy away fighting in the Second World War, but Junior still finds the promise of Christmas magic. The tender story and photo-collage art bring holidays to life.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.
Other titles by Marilyn Helmer
Other titles by Dianne Eastman
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Crazy About Canada!
Amazing Things Kids Want to Know
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An Exceptionally Interesting Report About All Things Canadian