The Trees Kneel at Christmas

The Trees Kneel at Christmas

By: Maud Hart Lovelace Complete Authored Works
Published by: Thomas Y. Crowell Company
Publication Date: 1951

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This is a modern miracle story, laid in Brooklyn.

It begins on the night before Christmas Eve in the Shehadi's flat, where Grandmother is telling a story to seven-year-old Afify (pronounced A-fee-fee) and Hanna, her five-year-old brother.

"Yes," she said, "the trees kneel at Christmas. Not in this country, though. People in Brooklyn haven't faith enough."

They knelt, she went on to explain, in faraway Syria, where she and the children's father and mother and uncles and aunts had been born. Afify and Hanna had been born in Brooklyn. "Like the Dodgers," Hanna said.

But Afify believed that the trees kneel in Brooklyn, too; especially in Prospect Park where Uncle Elias often took them to play. It would take faith to see them, but she and Hanna had faith. So they went secretly to the park at midnight when the Christ Child was born. And the reader goes with them on this pilgrimage.

Afify and Hanna, like all the children of whom Mrs. Lovelace writes, are completely real. The Trees Kneel at Christmas has all the naturalness and humor of the Betsy-Tacy books, and with something new added. Over this story there lies, like new-fallen snow, a glowing spiritual quality.

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