Boxes for Katje

Boxes for Katje

Book - 2003
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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 packageis 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Farrar, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374309220
Branch Call Number: EASY FIC Fle
Characteristics: np : illus


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DPLjosie Aug 14, 2017

What a beautiful story of generosity! After World War II American children and families sent packages to European children as told in this story based on the author's mother's memories of her pen pan.

Jul 05, 2017

A favourite with our nearly 5 year old.
He says he loves it because it is about boxes :)
It also has a beautiful message about helping people you can't go wrong with reading this to children. Highly reccommend.

Sep 18, 2016

A heart-warming story that encourages generosity with lovely pictures. I use this book with my children around August/ September, and then we put together a shoebox to send through Samaritan's Purse's program "Operation Christmas Child."

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Sep 18, 2016

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Feb 18, 2016

ShepherdsLamb thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over


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