Red and Lulu

by Matt Tavares

For cardinals Red and Lulu, home is an enormous evergreen that stands in front of... read more

For cardinals Red and Lulu, home is an enormous evergreen that stands in front of a little house. Every winter, the multiracial family of four that lives in the little house strings lights in the tree and sings a song about its magnificence, and Red and Lulu are happy. One fall, Red returns home with food and is stunned to find their tree has been cut down and strapped to the back of a truck, with Lulu still chirping within its branches. Although he tries to follow the truck (and Lulu), it soon outpaces him, and Red arrives in a large, strange city alone and lost—until he hears voices singing a familiar song about a certain tree. He follows the sound to find his and Lulu’s tree on display for all to admire in Rockefeller Center, with Lulu waiting on their favorite branch. Gorgeous, full-page illustrations present the beauty that is New York City in wintertime, and a fascinating note at the end details the history of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. (Ages 5-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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