How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City
I have never had the pleasure of being at the Rockefeller Center during Christmas to see the Christmas tree spectacle. I have certainly seen pictures and watched it displayed on television in wonderment. It is just so HUGE and fantastic. However, I never knew the back story behind the tree. How did it get there? Who decorates the tree? And why was Rockefeller Center chosen to be the place where the central symbol of the American Christmas tree resides? Luckily, an Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint has taken the opportunity to create a children’s book explaining the New York Christmas tree mystery and it all starts with one little tugboat.
The Christmas Tugboat is the story of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree that has been an icon in the United States since it was first set up in 1931. Did you know it arrives by tugboat? I sure didn’t. In this lovely non-fiction story, the real tugboat captain (and author) George Matteson, his wife, and their daughter explain their voyage to bring the giant tree by tug boat for Christmas one year. The picture book is amazing with beautiful illustrations and a dramatic story of the journey up the Hudson River. The paintings jump off the page and capture the excitement of the Christmas season as well as the great lengths the tug boat captain takes to steer the boat into New York Harbor to bring a symbolism of the season to millions of people who love the tree tradition.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: This Boston, MA publishing company with over 13 imprints of subsidiaries beginning in the year 1832 is the world’s largest provider provider of pre-K-12 solutions. Their educational products reach over sixty million children in 120 countries, which is amazing! Their mission statement is awesome enough to repeat; ‘To change people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners’. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt also takes their social and corporate responsibility very seriously and last year donated five million books worldwide through their donation partners of World Vision, the Sabre Foundation and First Book. Check out their education group portfolio here. Quite impressive!
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