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Book Title: Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A. A. Cristi
Category: Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 56 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Release date: November 2021
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.
Bruce the Spruce has Christmas all wrong.
Thanks to his fancy decorations and adoring admirers, this artificial spruce tree doesn’t just wear a star at Christmas, he IS the star. But when his longtime family gets a new tree, it sends Bruce on a holiday adventure through New York City.
From a party in Brooklyn, to a run-in with rats, to a revelatory visit to Rockefeller Center, Bruce the Spruce takes an unforgettable journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas trees!
A.A. Cristi was born and raised in the world capital of Christmas trees and musicals – New York City. By no small miracle, she has managed to make a living writing about both topics. When she is not dreaming up fantastic adventures for inanimate objects, she is covering the Broadway industry as a journalist and editor at BroadwayWorld.com. Though writing is her calling, her true passion is playing mother to a neurotic wiener dog named Jack and Aunt Rah Rah to two truly remarkable kids.
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Bruce the Spruce is an artificial Christmas tree that has spent the last 20 years in a home where he has loved being the center of attention. He loves the lights, the decorations, and being the star! But one day the family brings in a new artificial Christmas tree. He is in shock, because he can’t believe they want to get rid of him. The rest of the book follows Bruce’s adventures when he is put out in the trash. A few different people use him for a short time, but he is discarded again. What will happen to Bruce as he is thrown on a garbage truck? Will he learn what Christmas trees are all about?
This is a charming book with lovely illustrations. The rhyming verse is so cheerful and reminds me of the sweet sentiment in The Night Before Christmas. I think children will love this book and it would make a great bedtime story.