Candace Fleming
Historical Picture Books
Boxes for Katje
Farrar, Straus &
Giroux, 2003
ages 4 to 8
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Boxes For Katje
written by Candace Fleming
illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinary.

After World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like most Dutch families, must patch their old worn clothing and go without everyday things like soap and milk. Then one spring morning when the tulips bloom "thick and bright," Postman Kleinhoonte pedals his bicycle down Katje's street to deliver a mysterious box—a box from America! Full of soap, socks, and chocolate, the box has been sent by Rosie, an American girl from Mayfield, Indiana. Her package is part of a goodwill effort to help the people of Europe. What's inside so delights Katje that she sends off a letter of thanks: beginning an exchange that swells with so many surprises that the girls, as well as their townspeople, will never be the same.

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Awards and Honors
A CCBC Choices 2004
Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee 2005
Booksense 76 Book
California Young Reader's Medal Nominee 2006-2007
Carol D. Reiser Book Award For Inspiring Community Service in Children
Children's Literature Choice 2004Great Lakes Book Award
Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award Nominee 2004-2005
Golden Sower Award Nominee of Nebraska Library Association 2005-2006
IRA Teachers' Choice, 2004
Junior Library Guild Selection
NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts 2004
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2004
New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing, 2003
Notable Book for a Global Society Award sponsored by IRA
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal Winner
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2003
Red Clover (Vermont) Children's Choice Award Nominee 2004-2005
Show Me Reader Award Nominee 2005-2006
Virginia Young Reader Award Nominee 2005-2006
Volunteer State Book Award Nominee 2005-2006
Washington D.C. Capitol Choices Book, 2003
Washington State Children's Choice Picture Book Award Nominee 2005
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