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A Pen Pal for Max

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A secret note wins Max a friend in a faraway country

Max doesn’t know what to expect when he slips a note into a box of grapes headed to the United States, so he is thrilled when he receives a response from a girl named Maggie. The two quickly become pen pals.

Then one day Max’s village in Chile is hit by a huge earthquake, and his school must be closed because of damages
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Emily Kelly
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a very cute book! I loved the idea of Max writing a letter and it developing into a penpal situation.
Kate Hastings
Timely book for the earthquake in Haiti. An American boy gets his class together to help his pen pal in Chile after an earthquake.

--grades 2-4
--Max, a child from Chile, becomes pen pals with a child from the United States hoping to learn more about the world
--He and Maggie write about what their families and schools are like and what kinds of hobbies they enjoy.
--One day an earthquake shakes Max’s village. Some homes are damaged, but his home could still be lived in.
--A while later boxes arrive
Jan 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I like this concept. First off, it helps children understand where their food may come from. Aside from that, I like the idea not only of a child having an "old fashioned" pen pal, but that the children were able to cross the language barrier. It reminded me of the ripple effect. It's be a great story to prompt finding a pen pal for a child or class.
Not spectacular, but a simple story about a boy in Chile who gets a pen pal in the U.S. The earthquake confused me when it "entered" the story, but the end showed me where it was going. A good possibility for the Chile part of Book Time, as the story is not too hard for the children to connect to.
Angelina Justice
This would be a great read aloud for elementary classrooms. Given modern technology and internet access, it is easier than ever for children around the world to be "pen pals."
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