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The Jesse Tree [Hardcover]

By Geraldine McCaughrean (Author)
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Pages   93
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.36" Width: 8.72" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   1.52 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
Age  5-9
ISBN  0802852882  
EAN  9780802852885  


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Item Description...
Overview
The stories that tell of Christ's lineage unfold as an old carpenter begrudgingly tells a young boy about the Jesse tree he is carving.

Publishers Description
"What are you doing, mister?"
The old man ran a creased hand over his half-completed woodwork. "I'm carving a Jesse tree, if you must know. Now run along out of here. A church isn t for playing in."
"Is that your name, then? Jesse?"
The carpenter was impatient to get back to work. "Of course not. A Jesse tree is a very ancient tradition. A thousand years ago, every church had a Jesse tree. A stained-glass window or a carved wooden screen . . . Nowadays, it?'s a lost art."
As Mr. Butterfield carves a Jesse Tree in an old dusty church, a curious young boy distracts him, asking about the various symbols on the tree. Against his better judgment, the old man finds himself retelling the familiar Biblical tales that trace the lineage 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, perfect for reading during Advent or anytime.
The Jesse Tree will captivate readers who know and love the Bible stories as well as those who are reading them for the first time.

From The Book Jacket
<blockquote><I>"What are you doing, mister?"<br> The old man ran a creased hand over his half-completed woodwork. "I?Tm carving a Jesse tree, if you must know. Now run along out of here. A church isn?Tt for playing in."<br> "Is that your name, then? Jesse?"<br> The carpenter was impatient to get back to work. "Of course not. A Jesse tree is a very ancient tradition. A thousand years ago, every church had a Jesse tree. A stained-glass window or a carved wooden screen?Y Nowadays, it?Ts a lost art."</I></blockquote> <p>As Mr. Butterfield carves a Jesse Tree in an old dusty church, a curious young boy distracts him, asking about the various symbols on the tree. Against his better judgment, the old man finds himself retelling the familiar Biblical tales that trace the lineage of Christ, from the Garden of Eden to Jesus?T birth. Under the carpenter?Ts skilled hands, the Jesse tree grows — and an unlikely friendship begins to take root as well.</p> <p>Geraldine McCaughrean?Ts fresh retellings of familiar Bible events and Bee Willey?Ts whimsical and striking illustrations create a rich and contemporary tale, perfect for reading during Advent or anytime.</p> <p><I>The Jesse Tree</I> will captivate readers who know and love the Bible stories as well as those who are reading them for the first time.</p>

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More About Geraldine McCaughrean

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Geraldine McCaughrean has written more than 160 well-loved books and has received countless awards, including the ALA's Michael L Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Kristina Swarner creates her exquisitely rendered illustrations by working in a mixture of linoleum print, watercolor, and colored pencil. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Geraldine McCaughrean currently resides in Berkshire.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Well told tale  Jan 7, 2010
For many reasons, we were unable to use our traditional Jesse Tree this year at Advent. We made up for that by reading this book. It is a wonderful, engaging tale of Jesus' family tree. A Jesse Tree is a great tool to help children (of all ages!) remember short bits of Salvation history. We willbe rereading this one every year and making part of our family's traditions.
 
Could not put it down!  Dec 14, 2009
This book is awesome! I discovered it this year, after deciding my kids are big enough to get into a Jesse tree. We tried to read one story per day all the way through Advent (and add one ornament to our tree) but each day the kids (ages 8 and 5) begged for more than one story. We got through it in two weeks and this was skipping a few days. The writing is brilliant, the art is gorgeous and the story that frames these wonderful biblical accounts is so good. We loved the relationship between the carpenter and the boy. I got a little choked up at the end. This is an award winning author and it is clear why. Buy this book. You will treasure it for a long time.
 
A Nice Addition to Our Festival Tree  Oct 20, 2009
I purchased this book to compliment a Jesse themed tree I am putting together for our school's Festival of Trees, it is well written and the Old Testament Bible stories are narrated through the eyes of a wood carver and are presented in a way that is interesting and easy to understand by all ages.
 
This is a beautiful book  Jan 19, 2009
The Jesse Tree, written by Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrated by Bee Willey, is a collection of Bible stories, starting with the Creation story and ending with the story of the Three Wise Men.

But it is much more than just that. In the Introduction of the book, the author explains what a Jesse Tree is. For those who don't know (and I didn't know until I read the book), a Jesse Tree is a term given to a depiction of Jesus' family tree, a piece of art fashioned from wood, stone or stained glass. Pictures of fish, angels, clothes, etc., were used in the art, to remind viewers of the stories of the Bible. The Jesse Trees were most often found in churches. The name came from this Bible verse [Isaiah 11:1]: "And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall be fruitful," which foretold of the birth of Jesus. The stories of the Jesse Tree were often retold during the Advent season.

As mentioned, The Jesse Tree is a collection of Bible stories. But, the stories are told in a unique way. The first story isn't from the Bible, it's the story of a young man watching an old carpenter carve a Jesse Tree in a church. The carpenter wants to be alone to work in peace and quiet. Of course, the young boy is a distraction for him. After the carpenter explains to the boy, in the first story, what a Jesse Tree is, the rest of the stories, all of them Bible stories (except for the last one), are told by the carpenter as he works and the young boy listens - and frequently interrupts with questions and comments. It makes for entertaining, as well as thought-provoking, reading.

The illustrations are bright, bold and charming. They depict the many scenes from the Bible stories in the book. There are also several illustrations of both the carpenter and the young boy. A finished Jesse Tree is added at both the beginning and the end of the book.

What I Like: Everything. I especially like the way the book is set up, with an explanation of a Jesse Tree at the beginning of the book, followed by stories from the Bible. I also like the characters of the carpenter and the young boy. They develop a unique relationship as the book progresses.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review
 
Theologically Sound Yet Simple  May 31, 2008
"Much of a story? Much of a story? The Bible wasn't written to entertain you, you know!" So says Mr. Butterfield to a young boy who wanders into a church while Mr. Butterfield is at work carving a Jesse Tree in an old door. Mr. Butterfield starts off as a crotchety old carver who wants to be left alone to work, but the young boy persists in having Mr. Butterfield explain the stories and symbolism. In the telling Mr. Butterfield's heart begins to melt and he begins to look forward to that pesky boy showing up each day.

A Jesse Tree is a tree carved with all sorts of symbolic carvings that tell the story of Christ. A ram is carved to represent Isaac and the sacrifice that was provided for Abraham to kill instead of his son Isaac.

A sheaf of corn is carved on the Jesse Tree to symbolize God's faithfulness to Ruth.

Finally at the top of the tree is a star- God's brightest star- Christ is born.

The old man tells the story of each carving represented in an insightful and theologically sound and at the same time simple manner.

This is a terrific read aloud book for bedtime reading. There are great illustrations on every page.
 

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