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Fleming, Candance.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
IL K-3, RL 4.5
ISBN 0374309221

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

After World War II, many people in Europe had little food and very little money.  This is the story of Katje who lived in Holland and suffered along with her family and neighbors.  One day, a box arrived from America.  Children from America had put together boxes of supplies to help the children of Europe.  As Katje shares her boxes, more and more arrive.  What can Katje possibly do to thank the people who kept her family going in those dark days?

Booktalk #2

What if you lived in a country at a time when you could not buy shoes, chocolate, socks, sugar, soap, meat, coats, sweaters, mittens and cans of food, and then you got a box in the mail from someone you did not know and the box had some of these things in it?  Then another box came and another one!  What would you do?  Would you keep these things for yourself?  Would you share them with friends and neighbors who needed these things, too?  Read this book and find out what Katje did.  (Prepared by: Lois Stroud, SCASL Picture Book Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Generosity -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Civilian relief -- Fiction.
                        Netherlands -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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