The Jesse Tree
?What are you doing, Mister?? Mr Butterfield, the carpenter, would really like the troublesome boy to go away. He has serious work to do ? carving a new Jesse tree inside the church. But the boy is curious and persistent....
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?What are you doing, Mister?? Mr Butterfield, the carpenter, would really like the troublesome boy to go away. He has serious work to do ? carving a new Jesse tree inside the church. But the boy is curious and persistent. In order explain his carving, Mr Butterfield begins retelling the great stories from the bible that he knows and loves so much. As he does so, and in spite of his short temper, small miracles begin to happen.
Taking her inspiration from the medieval tradition of carving Jesse Trees - a method used to explain the genealogy of Jesus - McCaughrean uses all her skill as a storyteller to weave together evocative retellings of Bible stories with a contemporary tale about the creation of a modern-day Jesse Tree and the transforming power of friendship and love. First published as a picture book, The Jesse Tree has received much critical acclaim.
Geraldine McCaughrean is the Printz Award-winning author of "The White Darkness". She has been honored with England's most prestigious children's book award, the Carnegie Medal, and is the only three-time winner ever of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She also wrote "Peter Pan in Scarlet", the first official sequel to the treasured masterpiece "Peter Pan", and the critically acclaimed "The Death-Defying Pepper Roux". Geraldine lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and actress daughter.