Thankful for Books: Day 4

I’m thankful for: Boxes for Katje

At a time of the year when thankfulness and generosity is celebrated, this story sums up those virtues in heartwarming fashion.  Katje is in war-torn Netherlands when she receives a box of chocolate from Rosie in in America.  Pen-pals for the next year, Rosie and her community take Katje, her family and community under their wings, sending supplies and clothes.  Katje always sends thank-you letters back, until the day she comes up with the perfect thank-you gift.  The character of Rosie is based on author Candace Fleming’s mother, who sent boxes to young Katje during WWII.  This moving picture book will bring tears to your eyes and leave you wanting to be a better person.  A must-read. Ages 4+.

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