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Boxes for Katje

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Awards

A Junior Library Guild selection.

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"[E]ngaging...[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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"Dressen-McQueen captures the flavor and essence of Fleming's 1945 family experience through her detailed mixed-media paintings....As heartwarming and uplifting as a bouquet of tulips." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[T]he story is...moving, and Dressen-McQueen's lively illustrations, in colored pencil, oil pastel, and acrylic, pack lots of color, pattern, and historical details onto every expansive page." Kathleen Odean, Booklist

Review:

"Fleming...presents endearing, fleshed-out characters with whom readers can easily empathize and sympathize....A good choice for storyhour as well as for independent reading and an excellent discussion starter." School Library Journal

Review:

"[W]onderfully illustrated....An informative, inspirational story of young people sharing with others." Carolyn Mott Ford, Children's Literature

Synopsis:

After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.

Synopsis:

Boxes for Katje (HC)

About the Author

Candace Fleming is the author of Gabriellas Song. She lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Stacey Dressen-McQueen lives in Portland, Oregon. This is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374309220
Illustrated by:
Dressen-McQueen, Stacey
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Illustrator:
Dressen-McQueen, Stacey
Author:
Queen
Author:
Fleming, Candace
Author:
National Geographic Learning
Author:
Dressen-McQueen, Stacey
Author:
Stacey Dressen-Mc
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Historical - Other
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Netherlands
Subject:
Social Situations - Values
Subject:
Generosity
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Values
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Values and Virtues
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Series Volume:
#1820
Publication Date:
September 12, 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
36
Dimensions:
11.16 x 9.09 x 0.34 in
Age Level:
05-10

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Product details 36 pages Melanie Kroupa Books - English 9780374309220 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[E]ngaging...[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."
"Review" by , "Dressen-McQueen captures the flavor and essence of Fleming's 1945 family experience through her detailed mixed-media paintings....As heartwarming and uplifting as a bouquet of tulips."
"Review" by , "[T]he story is...moving, and Dressen-McQueen's lively illustrations, in colored pencil, oil pastel, and acrylic, pack lots of color, pattern, and historical details onto every expansive page."
"Review" by , "Fleming...presents endearing, fleshed-out characters with whom readers can easily empathize and sympathize....A good choice for storyhour as well as for independent reading and an excellent discussion starter."
"Review" by , "[W]onderfully illustrated....An informative, inspirational story of young people sharing with others."
"Synopsis" by , After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.
"Synopsis" by , Boxes for Katje (HC)
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