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BOXES FOR KATJE
New York : Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 2003.
IL K-3, RL 4.5
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?
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,
Picture Book Awards)