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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374309221
ISBN-13: 9780374309220
Sku: 33804959
Publish Date: 9/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 12.25H x 9L x 0.25T
Pages:  40
Age Range:  8 to 12
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After the war, there was little left in the tiny Dutch town of Olst. The townspeople lived on cabbages and seed potatoes. They patched and repatched their worn-thin clothings, and they went without soap or milk, sugar or new shoes. (from the first line)
With the end of World War II, Katje and her family must struggle to survive in their small Dutch town, but when a package from America arrives and is offered as gesture of goodwill from a stranger across the ocean, Katje is overwhelmed and writes a letter of appreciation that marks the beginning of something magical. *Author: Fleming, Candace/ Dressen-McQueen, Stacey (ILT) *Publication Date: 2003/09/12 *Number of Pages: 40 *Binding Type: Reinforced *Grade Level: 1-2 *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 9.00 *Height: 12.25
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With the end of World War II, Katje and her family must struggle to survive in their small Dutch town, but when a package from America arrives and is offered as gesture of goodwill from a stranger across the ocean, Katje is overwhelmed and writes a letter of appreciation that marks the beginning of something magical.After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.
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World War II has just ended, and life in the tiny town of Olst, Holland is very difficult. No one has enough to eat, everyone's clothes are ragged, and people are feeling very dispirited. One day, a young girl named Katje receives a box from Rosie, a young girl living in the United States. Katje and Rosie have never met, but Rosie has learned about the difficulties of life in Europe and has sent Katje a care package consisting of a bar of soap, a pair of socks, and a chocolate bar--something no one in her village has seen in three years. Katje generously shares her chocolate and happily writes a thank you letter to Rosie. Rosie responds by sending another, even bigger, care package. Inspired by Katje's letters about the difficulties of life in Olst, Rosie and the people of her community provide a supply of wonderful care packages. Will Katje find a special way to thank Rosie and the generous people of her town for their wonderful gifts? Based on a true story, this picture book is illustrated with color paintings. Named one of the Best Children's Books 2003 by Publishers Weekly.

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Publishers Weekly
"Fleming deftly dramatizes the story with lively conversations among the townspeople and letters between the two girls. In an outstanding debut, Dressen-McQueen immerses readers in post-war Holland, crafting an entirely credible world of cobblestone streets, Dutch architecture and vintage clothing." 08/18/2003

Kirkus Reviews
"Dressen-McQueen captures the flavor and essence of Fleming's 1945 family experience through her detailed mixed-media paintings delineating fabric patterns, hairdos, emotions, and the general lifestyle of both communities. As heartwarming and uplifting as a bouquet of tulips." 09/01/2003

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The busy, energetic illustrations reflect the styles and textiles popular during the period, conveying an exuberant spirit of hope and generosity despite the privations." - Karen Coats October 2003

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   04
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0040
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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