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Do Not Judge a Book by Its Cover: A Christmas Tree’s Tale Teaches Its Readers to Look at The Beauty Within


Man had always been known to look at one’s outward appearance. From the onset of birth, toddlers assume that glittery, sparkly, and beautiful things are the best. In this illustrated book by Mary Ann Concilio entitled, “Tommy, The Talking Christmas Tree,” people will be reminded to look beyond what the eyes can see.

In this remarkable story, readers are greeted by a tree. But he is not just an ordinary tree; he is a talking Christmas tree! Just like any other Christmas tree, he was brought into this world to bring joy and happiness. He is kind, innocent, and gentle-hearted. He shares his feelings of rejection and how his heart aches for everyone seems to dislike him just because he is different. Wholesome and enlightening, readers will be surprised by its astonishing ending.

With its bright and beautifully illustrated pictures, Mary Ann Concilio gifts her readers a glimpse of a tree’s sentiment that somehow tells of every person’s feelings of being different. The end of the story teaches a valuable lesson and fills the heart with warmth, uplifting the soul.

This book is not only fit for children of all ages, but for adults as well. For everyone needs to be reminded that although all people are different and we should not judge people by the outside but look in the inner, it is the content that matters the most.

“Tommy, The Talking Christmas Tree” book copies are available at
Writer: Mary Ann Concilio
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Date: September 1, 2018
ISBN-10: 1543938248
ISBN-13: 978-1543938241
Paperback: $7.23
Kindle: $5.99
About the Author
As a child, Mary Ann Concilio has always been fascinated with art. She works as a marketing representative for McCann Erickson and has assisted producers in the development of television programs, such as the famous, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” She first published her unique presentation entitled, “The American Flag” in the Hampton Press in New York, for the 4th of July celebration. She is fond of charcoal sketching and photography, to which the Guild Hall in New York and Treasures and Trifles in Virginia have displayed her work. This renaissance woman in every sense of the word had also received an award for her “Winter Scene” at the Nature Center in New York, and has read at The Yonkers Library for young children.

Her love for kids inspired her to write about “Tommy, The Talking Christmas Tree”—a story loosely based on her cousin living with autism. At the present, she sets her heart towards being a role model and support for children in need.

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