The Carpenter’s Gift

About the Book


Written by David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and illustrated by Jim LaMarche, The Carpenter’s Gift celebrates an American tradition.

Since 2007, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been milled into lumber that Habitat uses to build a home. The story of a young boy in Depression-era New York who wishes for that kind of decent home for his family, The Carpenter’s Gift shares a lesson about helping our neighbors.

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The magic of the world’s most famous Christmas tree lives long past the holiday season. Habitat volunteers use lumber milled from the tree to build homes with families that desperately need them — families like the one at the center of The Carpenter’s Gift.


Order your book from Habitat’s online store and receive a commemorative bookplate printed on paper made from parts of the tree that couldn’t be milled.
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Illustrations from The Carpenter's Gift by David Rubel, copyright ©2011 by Jim LaMarche. Reprinted by permission of Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House Inc.