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The Lady in the Box

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
It is wintertime in the city and freezing cold, but not everyone is inside and warm. Ben and his sister Lizzie know that there is a lady who lives outside in a box over a warm air vent. The children worry about the kind-looking lady, and begin sneaking food and clothes out of their apartment for her. Gently told and powerfully illustrated in rich hues, The Lady in the Box ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 16th 1999 by Turtle Books (first published 1997)
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Nov 29, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
I first came upon this book while I was teaching third grade at a school located in an urban enclave in Atlanta, Georgia. Many of my students were refugees or displaced from their countries of origin for one reason or another. They were well aware of the realities of homelessness and poverty--two topics covered in this picturebook. Needless to say this book made an impression on my third graders and instigated a number of "grand conversations". I later shared this book as I made my way through d ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a difficult, but inspiring story about two young children who help a lady who is homeless and sleeps in a box by a warm grate at night. The narrative is engaging and shows how children can make a difference in someone's life, although I would advise parents to caution their children about trying to approach a homeless person without having a parent with them. The mother's solution of volunteering in the soup kitchen was a much more practical and safer way to help.

The oil painting illust
Hunter Branch
Feb 01, 2016 Hunter Branch marked it as to-read
Lizzie and Ben notice that there is a woman who lives in a box outside of the Deli, but they don’t know if they should talk to her because their mom told them never to talk to strangers. They figure out a way to help without disobeying their mom; they buy her food and drop it off without actually talking to her. Their generosity does not stop there, they then decide to bring the homeless woman warm clothes, and, before they leave, she introduces herself as Dorrie and the three of them are no lon ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Oct 17, 2011 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ben and Lizzie notice that a homeless lady has been sleeping in a box in their neighborhood. They don't want to disobey their mother by talking to a stranger but they have huge hearts and begin to help the lady by offering her crackers, soup, and a scarf. As Christmastime approaches and the weather becomes colder, Ben and Lizzie's mother finds a way for them to help the homeless in a bigger way. Illustrations are large, detailed, and full of emotion.

Great message to share with children.
Kelly McKeon
Ann McGovern introduces two young children, Lizzie and Ben who see a lady living in a box one day outside of a bakery. They are confused as to why she is living there and does not have a home. They befriend this woman and eventually learn the story behind her now homelessness. Despite being told to stay away from her by their mother, the two children seek help for this homeless woman, Dorrie. This book seeks to answer questions many children have- primarily why is it that some people are without ...more
Katharine Ott
“The Lady in the Box” – written by Ann McGovern, illustrated by Marni Backer and published in 1997 by Turtle Books. This charming picture book crossed my path when it was used for elementary school character education lessons. It was inspired by McGovern’s encounters with homeless people in New York City and tells a sweet little story of two siblings who befriend a homeless women in their neighborhood. The soft oil paintings filled with snowflakes and bundled up neighbors add a comfortable touch ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Inge rated it liked it
Not well-written, but still somehow compelling. Solid illustrations. Good choice for readers curious about poverty/socio-economic status issues and homelessness.
Emily Bryant
May 03, 2016 Emily Bryant rated it it was amazing
Great book to teach kids about homelessness and compassion! I love that the kids in the story were able to make a difference. Great message!!
Oct 16, 2016 Colleen rated it it was amazing
This is a very inspirational picture book. The story shows dedication and a willingness to help and get to know others.
Feb 20, 2011 Sharie rated it it was amazing
I teach a class of 3rd-5th graders at church, and today we discussed homelessness (as part of a series of lessons on Matthew 25:34-46). I checked this book out of the library and had them read one page at a time, passing it around the table. It was a great discussion starter for the subject of homelessness. I love how the children in the story take it upon themselves to help the lady in the box, even though it might get them into trouble. I also appreciate that the author has the family voluntee ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Jen marked it as to-read
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Read for empathy
Mrs Bond
Mar 10, 2009 Mrs Bond rated it liked it
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A brother and sister notice a woman who sleeps in a box down the street from their home. They thoughtfully consider ways that they can be of help to her. It doesn't take long for their mother to become suspicious about items missing from the house; nor does it take long for her to help her children. Beautiful illustrations (oil).
Melanie Rightmyer
This book is a gentle story about a homeless woman and two children's attempt to help her. An excellent book for introducing or discussing the topic of the homeless in our community and what we can do to help. The illustrations are lovely as well.

My six and seven year old really enjoyed this book.
Aug 29, 2009 Sally added it
Shelves: friendship
Two children watch a women who sleeps in a box down the street from their apartment. They help in little ways. They leave peanut butter and a scarf, but they'd like to do more.

Themes: Homelessness, Soup Kitchen, Community Service
Sep 25, 2011 Isabel rated it it was amazing
This story is about 2 children who find a homeless lady on the side walk. This made the children want to help her,so they did by giving her food and clothes. They raised money for a restraunt to build for people who don't have a home.
Jul 31, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
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I definitely liked the way the author presented this topic in a simple, compassionate way while including simple reminders of how to say safe and be responsible by communicating with their parents too.
Feb 13, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This the story of a brother and sister who seek to help a homeless woman around Christmastime.
Jan 11, 2013 Yekta rated it really liked it
This book was very good but sad. I loved it!!!
Kate Hastings
Jan 12, 2011 Kate Hastings rated it liked it
Grades 1-5. Homelessness and compassion/service.
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