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Welcome Comfort

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Santa! He's not even real!

It's not easy being Welcome Comfort-a foster child always moving from home to home and getting picked on by the kids at school. Even Christmas, the most wondrous time of the year, isn't so wondrous for Welcome, since he has no family, no presents, and no Santa Claus. But when Welcome meets Mr. Hamp, the school custodian, he finally finds a friend. And when Christmas comes around, Welcome is taken on an extraordinary adventure that changes his life ...

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Overview

Santa! He's not even real!

It's not easy being Welcome Comfort-a foster child always moving from home to home and getting picked on by the kids at school. Even Christmas, the most wondrous time of the year, isn't so wondrous for Welcome, since he has no family, no presents, and no Santa Claus. But when Welcome meets Mr. Hamp, the school custodian, he finally finds a friend. And when Christmas comes around, Welcome is taken on an extraordinary adventure that changes his life forever.

"Sentimental but appealing, the story of a special inheritance is illustrated with lively pictures wrapped up in cheerful Christmas colors."

Welcome Comfort, a lonely foster child, is assured by his friend the school custodian that there is a Santa Claus, but he does not discover the truth until one wondrous and surprising Christmas Eve.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Where Does Joe Go? (reviewed above), this warm blend of fantasy and reality delivers a satisfying surprise ending. Ostracized at school, an overweight foster child named Welcome Comfort is befriended by the equally rotund school custodian, who heads out of town with his wife every Christmas Eve ("It's just something we always do"). Plucked from his bed for a sleigh ride with Santa, Welcome wonders for years if the trip was just a dream, and finds the answer only after Mr. Hamp retires and chooses him as his successor. Polacco's artwork is even more vibrant than usual, and her Santa scenes are sure-fire crowd-pleasers. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW called this tale of an overweight foster child, befriended by the equally rotund school custodian (who heads out of town every Christmas Eve), "a warm blend of fantasy and reality that delivers a satisfying surprise ending." Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119659
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Picture Puffin Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 115,390
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 10.45 (h) x 0.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

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    A great book for all ages. Welcome Comfort is a book everyone should read. It shows that no matter your size you're special. It teaches you to believe in the unseen, and to open your hearts to anyone in need. The book is heartwarming from start to finish, and it starts all over again at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    Awesome book!

    I think this book is great. It is fun, funny and sad. You should read this book. I think that if you read it you will like it a lot. The characters in this book are Mr. Hamp, a boy named Welcome, teachers and other kids. Kids are being mean and making fun of Welcome, so Mr.Hamp helps him. He says that if they keep on making fun of him to come in his room. If I were you I would buy this book and read it to your kids. Your kids will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    Bringing The Christmas Spirit Alive

    The book was very special, as are all of Patricia Polacco's books. I read the book to my class and they were on the edge of their seats. We were all touched by the warmth and caring that is protrayed by the Hamp family. It made us all want to 'welcome' someone into our homes.

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