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Little Tree (Read to a Child!
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e.e. cummings was one of the most preeminent American poets of the 20th century. He died in 1962. About the Illustrator Deborah Kogan Ray's work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and collections, and she is the author/illustrator of many books for children.

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A simple celebration of Christmas by the well-known poet. ``little tree/ little silent Christmas tree/ you are so little/you are more like a flower.'' Carried away from the forest, the little tree is adorned by the shining ornaments that have been tucked away in a dark box all year long. And when it's lit ``there won't be a single place dark or unhappy.'' In wistful strokes of pencil and crayon, Ray gently interprets the poem with a matching mood of awe and joy: two children carry the scrawny tree away from a city street corner into the house, dress it up with pride and display it to an urban crowd from a glowing brownstone window. Ages 5-9. (October)

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