The True Story of the First Christmas Tree Market in America

by Joanna Kelly & Illustrated by Katie Atkinson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 15/08/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 34
ISBN : 9781728317519

About the Book

Did you ever wonder when people started putting Christmas trees in their homes? Did you ever think about where all those holiday trees came from and who first thought of selling them? This heart-warming little story introduces us to Mark Carr, an enterprising New York State farmer who started the first Christmas tree market in America. The year was 1851 and Mark Carr and his young sons chopped down 36 shapely firs around their modest farm and sold them at the Washington Market, an open-air bazaar in New York City that began in 1812. The market was razed in 1967 to make way for The World Trade Center. The Jolly Woodman is a true story of risk and triumph and the belief that children everywhere should have a Christmas tree, even if they lived in a big city.

About the Author

Joanna Kelly's love of history and nature drew her to the true story of a New York State woodman named Mark Carr. After considerable research she discovered a late 1800s newspaper article that referred to him as "The Jolly Woodman," an enterprising individual who started she first Christmas tree market in America. Joanna shares his risks and triumphs with warmth and charm in her first children's book Before joining the staff of Kent Memorial Library in Kent, CT, Joanna worked as a columnist, historical feature writer, and reporter at Citizen News, a Fairfield County, CT newspaper. She is the author of Hooligan's Alley, i a historic novel about a Hell's Kitchen immigrant during the American Civil War. Joanna Kelly lives in the northwest hills of Connecticut surrounded by tall trees and cottage gardens. Katie Atkinson lives with her husband and two boys in Norfolk, CT. After spending her junior year in France, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut and then moved to New York. There she spent several years working in advertising and freelance illustration. Katie has always loved art in children’s books. When her boys were small, she was inspired by their love of winter and created a new body of work. These scenes were published as holiday greeting cards. Her work is represented by the Illustration Source and has been published internationally for a wide variety of uses. Her projects and clients include Christmas Seals for the American Lung Association, holiday gift cards for Land’s End, and numerous covers for Bookmarks magazine. In addition, Atkinson works with clients doing therapeutic artwork for recovery and rehabilitation. This is her first children’s book, a long awaited dream!