Heather's Reviews > Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story

Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant
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Dec 21, 09

bookshelves: 2009, childrens-books, ls577
Read in December, 2009

After a wealthy man is injured in a car accident in Appalachia, he is nursed back to health by the locals only for them to refuse payment when he is well again. As a thank you, the wealthy man returns on a train every 23rd of December bringing Christmas gifts to the poverty stricken children of the area. One little boy hopes very much for a toy doctor’s kit. He receives other toys as well as warm socks, mittens and a hat throughout the years. The boy returns to the mountains as an adult with his own special gifts to give. Illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet.

This is a touching and beautiful Christmas story that opens up the ideas of wants versus needs and unconditional giving. Children will appreciate the story of the Santa Train and the gifts it brings to the poor children, but this book really reaches out to adult readers who will really appreciate the giving spirit. The illustrations capture the setting, especially those of the train and how large and full of hope it was to the children. An excellent addition to a holiday bookshelf.
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