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The Christmas Tree Ship and its captain, Herman Schuenemann, faithfully brought Christmas trees from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Chicago’s children and their families. In November 1912, the ship went down in a storm. Who would deliver the Christmas trees now? The next year, another schooner arrived, laden with trees and piloted by the captain’s wife and daughters, who had decided that the Christmas Tree Ship tradition would live on. Chris Ellison’s tender illustrations embellish this fictional story, based on fact. (Sleeping Bear Press)

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