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Praise for The Carpenter’s Gift


Heidi Kilgras, editorial director at Random House, helps to build a Habitat home. Staff from Random House participated in a one-day build. ©Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein


The Carpenter’s Gift
author David Rubel on the Habitat build site. ©Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein

excerpted reviews of The Carpenter’s Gift.


The Carpenter’s Gift
truly captures the essence of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree as an iconic symbol of community and celebration. We are thrilled that the tree and the inspiring organization Habitat for Humanity share center stage in this moving book about the power of generosity and the importance of giving back.
— Jerry and Rob Speyer, Co-CEOs, Tishman Speyer, which is co-owner and manager of Rockefeller Center

The Carpenter’s Gift
captures two of New York City’s greatest traditions ― the Rockefeller Center tree lighting and giving back to people in need― in a way that families can share together all year long.
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York

My dad was a carpenter who built the house we grew up in, and this book brings to mind his gentle nature and generosity.
— Garrison Keillor, storyteller

Through my support of Habitat for Humanity, I have seen all of the good that can happen when people work alongside each other to build something better. I see the same thread in The Carpenter’s Gift, a sweet story about a young boy whose life is changed when new friends help his family build a house.
— Susan Sarandon, actress

Habitat for Humanity is about much more than a generous spirit and shelter. It is about heart and hands working together for something good and lasting.
— Tom Brokaw, journalist

Rosalynn and I were privileged in 2008 to help build the first Habitat for Humanity home constructed with lumber from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. That house, built with two-by-fours milled from Rockefeller Center’s 75th annual Christmas tree, gave Tracey Davison and her four daughters a place to call home in Pascagoula, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their former neighborhood.

The heartwarming tale told in The Carpenter’s Gift brings together — through beautiful illustrations and a moving, multi-generational story — two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity. The tree annually brightens the Christmas season for millions who see it; Habitat houses brighten the lives of families all over the world — for those who live in them and those who help build them.
— Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and dedicated Habitat volunteer

The Carpenter’s Gift
captures the essence of Habitat for Humanity’s hand-up philosophy in a compelling and richly illustrated story that readers of all ages will appreciate. We are thrilled that milling the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree into lumber for a Habitat home has inspired such a warm and compassionate book. The story reminds us all that the best gifts are the ones you don’t expect.
— Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International