Monday, December 10, 2012

a White (House) Christmas book

by Gary Hines

I know I loved this Christmas book equally as much as my kids did.  I'm a sucker for true stories, and though this one has fictional elements, I love that the basis for the story really happened!

A Christmas Tree in the White House is set during Teddy Roosevelt's presidency.  Known for his conservation efforts, he refused to allow his children to cut down a Christmas tree for display in the White House.  He explained that he needed to set a good example as leader, and though he loved to please his children, he was firm on his decision.

His two youngest sons, Archie and Quentin, hatched a mischievous plan to sneak one into the White House behind his back, but how does one keep a Christmas tree a secret? Who really wants to anyway? Once their father finds their tree, he takes the boys to his forester friend, Gifford Pinchot who gives a bit of advice that no one was expecting! 

Are the boys allowed to keep the Christmas tree?  You'll have to read to find out. 


Do you have a book or two to add to the growing Christmas list?  If you do, I'd love to hear about it in the comments. 

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