Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story

Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780531300510
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 207,010
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.44(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

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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Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Necampos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Level 4.0This is a great Christmas Story. It isn't just a rhyming Christmas tale, but a story that will touch kids hearts. It is a story about giving and loving. Frankie wanted a doctor kit all the years this Christmas train came and the old man handed out presents. He never got what he wanted but he always got the things he needed liek mittens and socks. When he grew up, he decided to go back where all of his memories were with the Christmas train. He ended up helping a small girl by giving her a bandaid from his doctor kit now that he was a real doctor. This is a great lesson for kids to see that helping others is good, and not always getting what you want isn't always a bad thing.
foster7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Based on a real train, in this story by Cynthia Rylant, we learn that "a train comes through Appalachia every year at Christmas time." Years before, a wealthy man had a car accident while driving through the town, and was generously taken care of by the townspeople. They would not accept payment in return for their help, and so he decided to give the children of the town Christmas gifts each year, via a train. One young boy, Frankie, awaits the train in the cold each Christmas, hoping to receive a doctor's kit from the rich man. Each year, he receives a different present, but never the kit he hoped for. Readers see Frankie as a grown man, who moved away to a big city, but continued to think about that Christmas train, and how the man repaid the town for its kindness. So, Frankie decides to move back to Appalachia. He returned to wait for the train on Christmas day, but soon saw a girl trip over her tossed present. Frankie makes sure she is okay, and tells her, "I'm a doctor." I loved this story, from beginning to end. It tells three stories in one book. First, we see the wealthy man that wants to repay the town. Then, we see young Frankie run after the train each year. And finally, we see grown-up Frankie, the doctor, leave the big city, and return to his roots. Illustrator Chris K. Soentpiet's watercolor paintings add so much to the telling of Frankie's story. We see how small and isolated the town his, consisting of scattered houses and a church. As the children wait outside for the train on Christmas, readers can feel the Appalachian cold. We see the children bury their hands in their pockets, raise their shoulders, holding their arms close at their sides, while their teeth chatter away. We see what joy the train brings to them. We see how anxious Frankie is, and how much he hopes for his doctor's kit. And then, that first year, we see the look of disappointment on his face, even though he tries to hide it from his family. Later in his life, when Frankie returns to his hometown, before he tells the little girl that he is a doctor, in the corner of the page, about the size of a quarter, readers will instantly spot Frankie holding a doctor's bag. At that moment, I knew Frankie did the right thing, by returning to his hometown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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cameron-tyler-richards More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!