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Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story Hardcover – September 1, 1997

4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Grade 1-4. Full-page watercolor paintings decorate this warm, sentimental story loosely based on actual events. Rylant traces the origins of an Appalachian "Christmas Train" that travels through the mountains each year on December 23 to a rich man who wished to repay a debt of kindness he had received many years before. He faithfully returns and tosses silver packages from the caboose to the coal-town children who wait by the tracks. One such child is Frankie, who longs for a doctor's kit every year; instead he gets much-needed socks or mittens along with small toys. As an adult, he moves back to the town to live and work, having fulfilled his dream of becoming a doctor. With her clear, balanced, and well-paced storyteller's voice, the author builds the anticipation and excitement that the children?and especially Frankie?feel at the train's annual arrival. Although the heroic profile of this child-turned-man makes him more of a symbol than a real person, his story is capably told. The illustrations provide panoramic views of the Appalachian countryside, with deep nighttime blues and wintry colors, strengthening the sense of place. A well-rendered reflection on the importance of giving and sharing.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Rylant's story is enhanced by the paintings of Chris K. Soentpiet, whose renderings of frosty Appalachian days and a young boy's memories are vibrant. Together, Ryland and Soentpiet have created a story for children and parents too. (Ages 4 to 8) -- The New York Times Book Review, Rosemary L. BrayRosemary L. Bray
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 830 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 053130051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531300510
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Having lived in Appalachia for many years, I was excited to read a book based upon the efforts of "The Santa Train." (Which, Kitt, does exist, and which uses the means described in the story, like it or not). The real train traverses areas of West Virginia and Kentucky every December, and provides a semblance of Christmas to children in some of America's poorest communities. This story elegantly captures the essece of the spiritual reality behind the experience as well as the sense of rootedness and comunity that ties the region together. I am a chaplain now, living in the midwest, and every Christmas I read it to children at the hospital where I work. They understand it immediately, and find it to be healing, hopeful, and helpful.
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A dear teacher friend recommended this book and said she couldn't read it to her class without crying! I thought I would be able to read it to my grandson without tearing up, but alas...he had to finish the last few pages! (Much to his delight!) It is such a gentle, tender story. Even when you KNOW what the outcome will be, you can't help but FEEL the emotions the writer conveys so well! Outstanding illustrations put this book in a rare class!
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If you want to read a great book then read Silver Packages because it will just touch your heart. It all started when no one had anything so every Christmas a man came and threw silver packages out the back of the train. Chris Soentpiet's illustrations are colorful and interesting.
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My five year-old sat speechless while I read and I was spell-bound by the illustrations. A marvelous story of giving to others and dreams being fulfilled. This will become a seasonal favorite for us. I will wrap at least one package in silver paper to remind us to give to others.
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On the first reading of this book, I found my voice catching in a number of spots. The illustrations are so tastefully done and the story is so beautifully told. Our family was especially touched by the reminder of the importance of giving something back to those around us.
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My favorite part in the story is where Frankie does not get what he wants. I like the illustrations, because they are very realistic. I give this book five stars. Read this book to find out what are in the Silver Packages.
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I like Chris Soentpiet's book called Silver Packages. The pictures he drew were OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! The book was outstanding! I like the part when the boy is holding his first one in front of the Christmas tree.
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Wow - what a great book. After reading this book, our class talked about careers, first aid, and "wants' vs "needs." Make sure to check out the Santa Train that makes a similar charity journey through the Appalachian area around Thanksgiving. It's a nice rabbit trail to the story in the Silver Packages book. Our class read Silver Packages, then I told them about the Santa Train and showed them a video about it online. The kids collected money and we purchased gifts and warm mittens and socks in children's sizes and sent them to the Santa Train headquarters to be distributed. It was so rewarding and fun to be a part of touching the lives of those in need.
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