Review, The Horn Book, November/December 2011
"Rubel's story of compassion hits all the right holiday notes; LaMarche's lush, warm illustrations of glowing Christmas trees and smiling, caring characters drive home the central message of charity."
Review, School Library Journal, October 1, 2011
"Detailed characterizations and a straightforward tone keep the tender tale from becoming saccharine. LaMarche's almost impressionistic colored-pencil illustrations put readers in the midst of the action."
Review, Publishers Weekly, September 26, 2011
"Author/historian Rubel's story of a Depression-era family's connection to that first tree--and the ripple effect of its bounties--puts the now magnificent symbol in perspective. LaMarche conveys emotional resonance with gauzy, soft-hued paintings of the inspirational proceedings."
""The Carpenter's Gift" captures two of New York City's greatest traditions ― the Rockefeller Center tree lighting and giving back to people in need― in a way that families can share together all year long." "― Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York"
"The heartwarming tale told in "The Carpenter's Gift" brings together--through beautiful illustrations and a moving, multi-generational story--two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity." "--Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and dedicated Habitat volunteer"
"Through my support of Habitat for Humanity, I have seen all of the good that can happen when people work alongside each other to build something better. I see the same thread in "The Carpenter's Gift," a sweet story" about a young boy whose life is changed when new friends help his family build a house "-- Susan Sarandon, actress
"My dad was a carpenter who built the house we grew up in, and this book brings to mind his gentle nature and generosity." "-- Garrison Keillor, storytellershow more