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FC: The Carpenter's Gift Written by: David Rubel Illustrated by: Jim LaMarche

1: Table of Contents | Summary of book Glossary Meet the Author Meet The Illustrator Setting History Personal Connections | Jesika La Bryer T&L 544 Book Celebration | Table of Contents

2: Book Summary | A young boy, Henry recalls his childhood growing up during the Great Depression. He values the small things in life and takes him mind to warm places. This story shares family, friendship and the true meaning of giving. Learn about the past of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting and meet new people along the way! A Heart Touching story sure to tug at your heart strings!

4: Ill Fitting: Something that does not fit properly. | Reluctant: Not wanting to do something, a little hesitant. | Rockefeller Center: 22 acre complex build in the middle of Manhattan New York | Glossary

5: The Great Depression: A severe worldwide economical depression. | Claw Hammer: A hammer used for wood working. Often times it was used to pull nails from boards. | Habitat for Humanity: A non-profit organization helping people built simple, decent homes in which to live safely, healthfully and affordable.

6: Meet The Author | David Rubel Recognized nationally as an author, speaker, and historian, David has written fifteen books and edited a dozen more during his twenty-five years in publishing. As the president of Agincourt Press, a book production company in Chatham, New York, David works with his wife and partner, Julia Rubel, to conceive and develop projects for numerous publishers (www.davidrubel.net).

7: Meet The Author | David speaks widely on history and presidential politics. He has lectured at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the Carter Center in Atlanta and at numerous schools and institutions.

8: He has written and illustrated several children's books. He live in Santa Cruz with his wife and three sons. | Meet the Illustrator | Jim LaMarche

9: "I feel very lucky to have ended up as an illustrator of children's books. And maybe that isn't so different from my childhood dream of being a magician after all. Starting with a clean sheet of paper and with nothing up my sleeves, I get to create something that was never there before." Jim LaMarche

10: The Rockefeller Center is located in Manhattan, New York. It takes up 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets. There are 19 commercial buildings along with a multitude of other attractions. | The Setting

11: The Rockefeller Center is named after John D. Rockefeller Jr., who leased the space from Columbia University in 1928. He was initially going to built an opera house, however, after the stock market crashed during The Great Depression, other contributors dropped out of the project. He decided to go along with the build by himself. There is the Christmas Tree Area, Radio City Music Hall, GE Building, Art deco, Ice Rink, gardens and many different plazas. There is even an underground concourse and The Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

12: The Great Depression gripped the country during this time. Many people were down on their luck and lacked money to support their families. The Great Depression lasted from 1929-1939; the longest and most severe depression of the industrialized Western World. | (Photo above) Down and out at the New York Pier. An older man lays on the ground in 1935. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum: photo by Lewis W. Hine. (Photo to the right) Picture from the FDR, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. | History

13: When the construction workers pulled up to Henry's house, they came in their pick up trucks. The Ford Model A was made from 1927-1931. Its prices ranged from $385 for a roadster all the way up to $1400 for a top-of-the-line town car. The Model A was the second largest success of the Ford Motor Company. The official Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center was set up in 1933. However, the unofficial tradition started when the first tree was put up in 1931 by a group of construction workers. They decorated it with cranberries, paper and tin cans. The first tree was only 20 ft. tall.

14: Christmas tree farms sprang up during the depression as nurserymen could not sell their evergreens for landscaping, so they cut them for Christmas trees. Cultivated trees were preferred because they have a more symmetrical shape. When the Christmas season was over, the trees were sent to a mill. There, they were ground down to create building supplies and other useful items. | History Continued...

15: It would take approximately 102 trees | To construct a 2000 sq ft house. | One 20 in by 46 ft tree will produce 260 board feet. | It would require 26,700 board feet and

16: The construction workers arrived at Henry's house and began building Henry and his family a new home. Habitat for Humanity was originally founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. After a move, the Fuller's met Clarence Jordan. He has been building homes and selling them to people who needed then with no profit and no interest. Jordan's ideas would be the foundation for Habitat for Humanity.

17: In the 80's former president Jimmy Carter were personally involved in Habitat's missions. In 1996, former president, Bill Clinton, awarded Millard Fuller the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian honor). It is thought that even before the Fuller's and Jordan started Habitat for Humanity, civilians were already involved in the process of building home for the needy.

18: David Rubel paid tribute to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree not only by his warm words in his book but...

19: "To celebrate the publication of The Carpenter's Gift (the plot of which involves the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree), we're printing a special edition of the book on paper milled from the 2010 Rockefeller Center tree. These photos, taken at the SUNY-ESF paper plant in Syracuse, show how the special paper was made." Retrieved from David Rubel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150167091604765.314454.164270184764&type=1

20: While reading through this book, I was fighting away the tears. Good tears, of course. Christmas has always been a very special place in my family. For as long as I can remember, my Aunt Cheryl would host Christmas at her house. The decorations would be amazing, and different every year. The tree would be a focal point to the whole celebration. She was the best aunt a person could ever have. Traditions held a special place in her heart. Her most favorite tome if the year was Christmas. She used to take my brother and I to the Christmas Tree Lighting in Down Town Seattle, then we would walk around the mall and go see Santa. Many of the phrases in this book and the traditions hit very close to my heart. Very unexpectedly and sadly Aunt Cheryl left this earth 10 days before Christmas last year. A Christmas will never be the same, but reading through this book I can really see the magic she gave to people and the unexpected presents are the best.

21: The best presents are the ones you don't expect." | An underlying item that contributed to the beauty of of this book was a pine cone. | Value the small things in life. You never know when they can come back to help others. To think, a simple pine cone changed Henry's life and the lives of many other deserving families. | If there ever was a magic moment, Henry thought, this was it."

22: Christmastime is a special time in our family. We have always lived for Christmas. Not for the gifts, but for the tradition and the love shared by all. "If there ever was a magic moment..."

23: In loving memory of the best aunt in the world! Rest in Peace Aunt Cheryl March 5, 1955-December 15, 2010 | THE END

24: Resources: | The Carpenter’s Gift Book Cover and page preview retrieved from: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375869220/ref=s9_simh_bw_p14_d1_g14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=06FF5G4CRFDR39PH24NC&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1290112162&pf_rd_i=4 Claw Hammer retrieved from: http://www.amazon.com/Michigan-Industrial-Tools-Tool-Hammer/dp/B000NPUJYY Photos of David Rubel retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Rubel/164270184764 Jim LaMarche photo retrieved from: http://www.mrsnelsons.com/event/jim-lamarche-talks-about-lost-and-found Jim LaMarche book covers retrieved from: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jim+lamarche&x=0&y=0 Rockefeller Center Photos Radio City Music Hall, Arial view of Rockefeller center and historical view retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_center Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree photos retrieved from: http://www.nyc-photo-gallery.com/HiRES_Rockefeller-Christmas-2003.htm Woman during the great depression. Man lying on sidewalk retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression Ford Model A Truck Photo retrieved from: http://www.thesupercars.org/used-cars/used-ford/used-ford-model-a/ Christmas Tree Image retrieved from: http://www.sweetclipart.com/cute-unique-christmas-tree-designs-248 Douglas fir pinecone photo retrieved from: http://www.paulwcarlson.com/LoryFourSeasons/Winter/DouglasFirCones.html Tree mill photo retrieved from: http://articles.sfgate.com/2004-09-03/news/17445740_1_urban-tree-mill-lumber-mill-s-trees Clip art house retrieved from: http://www.clipartpal.com/clipart_pd/holiday/christmas/christmastree_11274.html Habitat for humanity logo retrieved from: http://www.habitat.org David Rubel Photo retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Rubel/164270184764 Paper Mill Photos retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Rubel/164270184764 Pine cone photo retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conifer_cone Blue Christmas ornament picture retrieved from: http://decorationhandbook.topfinearts.com/category/santa-ornaments/ | The Carpenter’s Gift Book Cover and page preview retrieved from: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375869220/ref=s9_simh_bw_p14_d1_g14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=06FF5G4CRFDR39PH24NC&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1290112162&pf_rd_i=4 Claw Hammer retrieved from: http://www.amazon.com/Michigan-Industrial-Tools-Tool-Hammer/dp/B000NPUJYY Photos of David Rubel retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Rubel/164270184764 Jim LaMarche photo retrieved from: http://www.mrsnelsons.com/event/jim-lamarche-talks-about-lost-and-found Jim LaMarche book covers retrieved from: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jim+lamarche&x=0&y=0 Rockefeller Center Photos Radio City Music Hall, Arial view of Rockefeller center and historical view retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_center Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree photos retrieved from: http://www.nyc-photo-gallery.com/HiRES_Rockefeller-Christmas-2003.htm Woman during the great depression. Man lying on sidewalk retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression Ford Model A Truck Photo retrieved from: http://www.thesupercars.org/used-cars/used-ford/used-ford-model-a/ Christmas Tree Image retrieved from: http://www.sweetclipart.com/cute-unique-christmas-tree-designs-248 Douglas fir pine cone photo retrieved from: http://www.paulwcarlson.com/LoryFourSeasons/Winter/DouglasFirCones.html Tree mill photo retrieved from: http://articles.sfgate.com/2004-09-03/news/17445740_1_urban-tree-mill-lumber-mill-s-trees Clip art house retrieved from: http://www.clipartpal.com/clipart_pd/holiday/christmas/christmastree_11274.html Habitat for humanity logo retrieved from: http://www.habitat.org David Rubel Photo retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Rubel/164270184764 Paper Mill Photos retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Rubel/164270184764 Pine cone photo retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conifer_cone Blue Christmas ornament picture retrieved from: http://decorationhandbook.topfinearts.com/category/santa-ornaments/

25: Jim La Marche biography viewed at http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/13896/Jim_LaMarche/index.aspx David Rubel Biography viewed at: http://www.davidrubel.net/

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