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Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant

Silver Packages (edition 1997)

by Cynthia Rylant

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Title:Silver Packages
Authors:Cynthia Rylant
Info:Scholastic (1997), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:Christmas, picture books, personal narratives, responsibility

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Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant



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A cute story about the magic of Christmas. The story is set in the Appalachian mountains, in which a train travels through every year at Christmas time and leaves presents for the children. The story is told in third person perspective as one boy wishes year after year for a doctor's kit, but he never gets the kit. Instead he receives gifts of things he needs, such as a hat and mittens. When the boy grows up he becomes a doctor and return to the Appalachian town.

This story has beautiful illustrations and tells a wonderful story of tradition. I am not sure if the tradition of the train is true, but it still teaches the concept of tradition. This is a great book for teaching foreshadowing and inferring as the author foreshadows the young boy becoming a doctor in his adulthood, and inferring that the boy becomes a doctor as the text does not literally make the statement. ( )
  mcnicol_08 | Apr 30, 2015 |
This is another in the long list of books by Cynthia Rylant that everybody would be better off having read. Not your typical Christmas story, this book offers us the story of a giving and kindness and more than anything the concept of appreciating what you have for its own good. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
A heart warming story about giving and giving back. About getting what you need not what you want. And how those two lessons turn a boy into a man who's life choices are evident by those to lessons.
  JudesThree | Feb 25, 2013 |
This is the story of two men: One who repays an emotional debt to a small town in the Appalachian mountains. He was nursed back to health after a car accident there, but the villagers refused his offer of money as repayment. To thank them, he returns every year by train to deliver presents wrapped in silver paper at Christmas time.

The other man: a boy, our narrator, remembers waiting for the train each year, hoping for a toy doctor's kit. But each year, the silver package tossed from the train is something else; some other toy along with some practical item, like socks. As an adult, the boy looks back and realizes the man and his silver packages have taught him something - something about giving back to others.
  scducharme | Dec 5, 2012 |
Reading Level 4.0

This 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. ( )
  Necampos | Nov 16, 2009 |
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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.

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Every year at Christmas a rich man rides a train through Appalachia and throws gifts to the poor children who are waiting, in order to repay a debt he owes the people who live there.

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