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Polacco, Patricia.
New York : Philomel Books, 2004.
IL 3-6, RL 6.1
ISBN  039924302X
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“Frankie was the heart of the household ­ especially at Christmas.  That was when the whole family came together to celebrate and gather boughs of greens to put on the mantel.  Then they paced apples, dried flowers, cookies and nuts in the greens and finally, as the crowning touch, the oranges.  Nine of them! One for each of the children born to the Stowell clan.  Precious, rare oranges that their father had driven horse and buggy all the way to Lansing to fetch back home for Christmas.”
                    Frankie was the youngest of the nine children of the Stowell clan and the whole family was beginning to worry because it was Christmas Eve and Pa still had not returned with the Christmas oranges for the mantel.  It had snowed and snowed and snowed and now all the roads where closed and there was no way for his buggy to get home. Frankie prayed for a miracle to happen.
                  This is a very heartwarming story about faith, family and the true spirit of Christmas as  the author/illustrator tells the story of her grandmother’s youngest brother, Frankie.  (Brenda Boyd,, School of Library and Information Science, University of SC, Columbia, SC)
SUBJECTS:     Christmas -- Fiction.
                        Oranges -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.


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