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The Jesse Tree

Ages 5-10
PAPERBACK; Published: 8/1/2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5403-2
Price: $ 17.00
96 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8.5 x 10.25
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As Mr. Butterfield carves a Jesse Tree in a dusty old church, a curious young boy distracts him by asking about the various symbols on the tree. Against his inclination, the gruff old man finds himself retelling the familiar biblical tales that trace the family tree of Christ, from the Garden of Eden to Jesus' birth. Under the carpenter's skilled hands, the Jesse Tree grows — and an unlikely friendship begins to take root as well.

Geraldine McCaughrean's fresh retellings of familiar Bible events and Bee Willey's whimsical and striking illustrations create a rich and contemporary tale that will captivate readers who know and love these stories as well as readers who are discovering them for the first time.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In this finely crafted anthology, McCaughrean weaves lively retellings of Bible stories into a clever overarching narrative framework that will keep readers hooked. . . McCaughrean's tales have a leisurely pace and accessible language and tone. . . .Willey's dramatic spot art toggles between Biblical and modern scenes, emphasizing the colorful scope of the carpenter's project."
". . .McCaughrean's renditions of the Bible stories pack a wallop, building a sense of real, complicatd lives set against the sweeping backdrop of God's marvelous plan."
School Library Journal
"The sacred stories. . . are skillfully interwoven with the parallel tale of the blossoming friendship between two unlikely companions."