Does a Christmas tree get hurt when you cut it down?____ That's what Doug, the little tree, wants to know when he finds out he's being raised on a Christmas Tree Farm, and that his biggest job is to be cut down and decorated by some family.____ "CUT IT DOWN!" Doug was trying to pull his roots out of the ground. He wasn't quite sure what he'd do if he got them out-roll down the hill or something. Doug had never felt so stuck before. He couldn't understand why Royal wanted to be cut down-just to make some family happy? ____ But, as Doug finds out, it's not at all that scary and he even enjoys the surprise that awaits him. ____ As a child, Mary Tomasi-DuBois loved making up stories about fairies, pirates, and times past in exotic lands. But even more, she loved telling them to her stuffed animals and dolls. ____ She has been writing books for young readers for many years now, with the hopes of capturing not only their interest, but that of their parents as well. "I think it is important for parents and caregivers to nurture the love of reading in children by either reading to them or reading with them." ____ Douglas' Big Christmas is Mary's third book. Her first two books are: The Mariner's Secret and Danger in the Jeweled City.