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The Perfect Tree

Illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan

To be published by
Cameron Kids/Abrams
October, 2022

ISBN 978-0-545-62874-7

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Bunny is looking for the perfect Christmas tree.  She sets off to find one that is just her size, but her forest friends think a perfect tree should also be bushy as Squirrel’s tail, pointy on top for a star, the greenest green, and smell like Christmas.  
Maybe there is no perfect tree, as Deer suggests, or maybe Bunny just hasn’t found it yet.   
This story explores the question of what makes something “perfect” and celebrates the joy of friendship. 


I wrote an early version this story (originally titled The Perfect Christmas Tree) as a Christmas present for my granddaughter Morgan when she was a little girl.  I illustrated it with watercolors and hand-sewed the pages to make a little book.

First copy

 I’d started writing stories as gifts for my daughter years before, and it had become a family holiday tradition. Some of these stories later became published picture books, including The Littlest Matryoshka (Little, Brown), which was illustrated by Kathryn Brown, Two Christmas Mice (Holiday House), which was illustrated by Stephanie Roth, and my novel If Ever I Return Again (HarperCollins).

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photoPenelope Dullaghan is an accomplished, acclaimed artist/illustratorwith a penchant for expressing joy through form and color. She works in children’s publishing, editorial, and advertising, and dabbles extravagantly in any medium she can find — especially printmaking, paint & cut paper. To create the illustrations for The Perfect Tree, she used acrylic paint, cut paper and digital collage. 

Penelope works from her studio in Indianapolis, where she lives with her writer husband and artist-in-training daughter.

Photo by Colin Dullaghan