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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.

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"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

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Boxes for Katje

Candace Fleming; Pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

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