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'Family Trees' returns to Concord Museum

Posted by Leslie Anderson  November 23, 2011 11:06 AM

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The return of the “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature” exhibit at the Concord Museum marks the start of the holiday season just as surely as the lighting of the town tree in Monument Square. It is the museum’s 16th annual holiday showing.

From “Pippi Longstocking” to “Alice through the Looking Glass,” and many books in between, the museum is decked out in bright colors and warm sentiments. Individuals, families and organizations such as the Garden Club got together to decorate a tree.

The entrance lobby has a large artificial tree sponsored by Barefoot Books after the “Snow Queen.” It is decorated by Miss Clara from France, the book’s illustrator, who has not been to U.S. shores before. She and Dieter Krehbiel worked with delicate ornaments made by Miss Clara.

Anita Hill and Patty Doherty chose “The Three Little Kittens” for their book, and used ornaments made by 3, 4 and 5 year olds, Doherty said. Paul Burmeister and family took on the “Polar Express.” “Pippi Longstocking” is done by Linda O’Neil and Kerri Ann Casiotti. Mary Pope, Marilyn Anderson, Betsy Howerton and Leslie Cheney chose “Willow and the Snow Day Dance.”

Off the entrance lobby, Betsy Mandrioli chose “Alice through the Looking Glass” and made many of the ornaments for the table-top tree. She wrote a book about making ornaments.

The exhibit will be up until Jan. 1. On Dec. 10, Santa Claus will make a special visit. And you will want to bring the kids to the museum on Dec. 15 for an “evening with local authors and illustrators.” They will be signing books in Brooke Hall from 5 to 8 p.m.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

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