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An Orange for Frankie Hardcover – Picture Book, September 16, 2004

4.8 out of 5 stars 132 ratings

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Grade 2-4–The author/illustrator has turned again to her family history for this story of a Christmas long ago in rural Michigan. The plot is predictable, revolving around Pa's late return from Lansing with the traditional nine oranges, one for each child; 10-year-old Frankie's generosity to a hobo; and the boy's subsequent loss of his orange. Polacco's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are well rendered as always and appropriate for this slight but wordy, nostalgic tale.–V. W.
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K-Gr. 2. Autobiography melds with history in this poignant tale of a family tradition, set around Christmastime during the Great Depression. Polacco introduces the Stowell family, a brood of nine living on a farm just outside of Detroit. Though they don't have a lot, the family never hesitates to share its good fortune, often feeding hungry hoboes as they pass through the nearby train station. Frankie, the youngest son, even gives one of them his favorite sweater. When Frankie loses the precious Christmas orange given to each child, he tells his mother about his error and also fesses up about his missing sweater. His family is so moved by his charitable gesture, it^B rallies to make sure Frankie has the most special gift of all. Polacco illustrates the story in her trademark watercolor-and-pencil style, with key elements picked out in bright color against more muted backdrops. Like many of Polacco's picture books, this holiday story about gifts and giving is based on a chapter from her own family history. Terry Glover
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  • Grade level : 1 - 4
  • Lexile measure : AD780L
  • Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
  • Hardcover : 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 039924302X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0399243028
  • Dimensions : 10.38 x 0.4 x 11.31 inches
  • Publisher : Philomel Books; Illustrated edition (September 16, 2004)
  • Reading level : 6 - 9 years
  • Language: : English
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