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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." -- The New York Times Book Review
"A well-rendered reflection on the importance of giving and sharing." -- School Library Journal
- ASIN : 053130051X
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; 1st Edition (September 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780531300510
- ISBN-13 : 978-0531300510
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.5 x 0.5 x 10.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #204,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Based on the train that delivers packages each November, this tells the story of a boy whose holiday magic depends on the gifts thrown from the train. Year after year, he never receives the Christmas present he dreams of. His disappoint results in a strong message that makes this book so memorable.
The book imagines a back story to the train of a generous rich gentleman trying to pay back a town's kindness, and this same mood permeates the story. Perhaps not historically accurate, but certainly appreciated and appealing to the imagination.
The illustrations are vivid and details and full of expression.
This is one that is hard to read with a dry eye.