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Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
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Oct 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fic

The story tells of a young girl, Katje, who lives in Holland after World War II. Upon the end of the war she receives a box from a girl in America, who donates chocolate among other things to help those in need after the war. Responding back with much thanks, Katje and her family are extremely appreciative of the gifts. Throughout the book, the girl from America continues to send more and more gifts. Her hometown sends many boxes by the end of the book, wanting to help the families in Holland. Katje wants to give back and sends her young friend boxes of tulip bulbs to show her appreciation.

This book is a lovely way for students to learn of helping others, as well as the effects of World War II. It is an easy read, appropriate for students in mid-elementary school. The one thing that is a bit difficult to take in is the obvious "America is so wonderful" theme that is ingrained throughout the story. However, if you can get past that, the friendship and charity between cultures is quite heartwarming.
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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth I appreciate your critique of this book. It made me curious as to how a teacher might address this issue with younger students. What do you think?

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