Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Storyby Cynthia Rylant, Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)
In Appalachia each Christmas, a boy named Frankie waits beside the tracks for the Christmas Train, which will bring presents to the children who live in coal towns and hollows. Year after year, Frankie hopes that one particular gift a very special gift will be tossed to him from that train. It is this enduring hope that will guide him to the true meaning of the season. Full color.
- Scholastic, Inc.
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- 9.00(w) x 10.44(h) x 0.35(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of many beloved books for young people, including the Mr. Putter & Tabby series, the novel Missing May, which received the Newbery Medal, and the Little Whistle series. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington. ARTHUR HOWARD is best known as the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter & Tabby series. He is also the illustrator of Kathi Appelt's Bubba and Beau series and has written and illustrated three picture books of his own: Hoodwinked; When I Was Five, an ABA's Pick of the Lists and a Crayola Kids Best Book; and Cosmo Zooms, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. He lives in New York City.
As a child in West Virginia, Cynthia Rylant never dreamed of becoming a writer. In her free time, she devoured Archie comic books and paperback romances and enjoyed the outdoors. But after taking one college English class, she was, “hooked on great writing I didn’t know about this part of me until I went to college-didn’t know I loved beautiful stories.” And one night, inspired by the Southern writer James Agee, she sat down and wrote When I Was Young in the Mountains. Named a Caldecott Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it was an instant success.
Since that night, Rylant hasn’t stopped creating wonderful books. Her stories explore friendship, love, grief, and other mysteries, and often draw on her memories of growing up in Appalachia. “I get a lot of personal gratification thinking of those people who don’t get any attention in the world and making them really valuable in my fiction-making them absolutely shine with their beauty.”
She lives with her many pets in the Pacific Northwest.
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This is one of the nicest seasonal chilren's book I have read. I have read it to several groups and the ending is always a surprise to listeners. It shows compassion and the possibility of reaching goals for all children. I love the simplicity in which it was written and the length of the book holds the listeners attention throughout ...always wanting him to get his dream gift. I have recommended this book to many family and friends.
I love the the book silver packages. i read it every year. it is a great kids book and a great book for families that have kids to all read together
I read this book to my Granddaughter when I was there a couple weeks ago and she liked it so much we read it 4 times before I left the next day. I cried every time when we reached the end. It is truly a wonderful story for children and adults to make us realize how much we have, how lucky we are and how great it is to give something back for all you've received. A wonderful story based on an actual happening. I loved it and so did my granddaughter!