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Boxes for Katje

Boxes for Katje

Candace Fleming; Pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinary

After World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like most Dutch families, must patch their old worn clothing and go without everyday things like soap and milk. Then one spring morning when the tulips bloom "thick and bright," Postman Kleinhoonte pedals his bicycle down Katje's street to deliver a mysterious box – a box from America! Full of soap, socks, and chocolate, the box has been sent by Rosie, an American girl from Mayfield, Indiana. Her package is part of a goodwill effort to help the people of Europe. What's inside so delights Katje that she sends off a letter of thanks – beginning an exchange that swells with so many surprises that the girls, as well as their townspeople, will never be the same.

This inspiring story, with strikingly original art, is based on the author's mother's childhood and will show young readers that they, too, can make a difference.

Boxes for Katje is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Master List, IRA Teachers' Choices, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award ML, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Children's Crown Collection (National Christian Schools Association), Children's Crown Collection, NCSA, California Young Reader Medal, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, Illinois Monarch Award: K-3 Children's Choice Award Master List, Illinois Monarch K-3 Children's Choice AW ML


Praise for Boxes for Katje

“Fleming 's engaging story of post-WWII Holland serves as a potent and merry lesson in generosity. . .Dressen-McQueen immerses readers in post-war Holland, crafting an entirely credible world of cobblestone streets, Dutch architecture and vintage clothing.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“As heartwarming and uplifting as a bouquet of tulips.” —Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Candace Fleming; Pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Candace Fleming is the author of Gabriella's Song. She lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Stacey Dressen-McQueen lives in Portland, Oregon. Boxes for Katje is her first book.

Candace Fleming

Stacey Dressen-McQueen

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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