Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story

Silver Packages An Appalachian Christmas Story 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

  • Title: Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story
  • Author: Cynthia Rylant Chris K. Soentpiet
  • ISBN: 9780531330517
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 one very special gift will be tossed to him from that train And it is this enduring hope that will guide him to the true meaning of theIn 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 one very special gift will be tossed to him from that train And it is this enduring hope that will guide him to the true meaning of the season Cynthia Rylant s story about expectation and the transforming power of kindness first appeared in her acclaimed collection Children of Christmas Now gloriously illustrated by Chris K Soentpiet with watercolor paintings of glistening trains and snow covered hills, it shines all the brightly.

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    1. (The devil in me wants to begin with The Lonely Island."Well, you know it's Christmas, and my heart is open wideOne: Cut a hole in a box"Stop it devil. I'm resisting you. Think of the children, Jen.) This is not a bad book. I read it alone and liked it. It's a Christmas story of giving, receiving, and social responsibility. And that's not bad. There are a lot of stories with lessons in them that are done pretty well (My personal fave is The Lorax). Anyhow, I like this one okay, and this book res [...]

    2. I've been meaning to read this.How exciting: a train going by delivering presents.It was a little hard to read the words on the second page, with the car.-his car just took itself right over the side of a ridge, and the man slumped in that card hurting and scared.' This could have been worded better.It says they didn't know who saved him, Mr. Crookshank or Betty Pritt. Then it shows a woman taking care of him. The drawings aren't great. The woman looks a little mad.So because he was taken care o [...]

    3. My mother used to cry at this book. This seemed, at the time, to be the result of some mysterious and alien disease only contracted by those over the age of twenty-one. Not one to question the rituals of the adult world (which was probably responsible for some terribly stunted growth on my part, I'm sure), I never looked past the Christmas card pictures at the story.I was not an illiterate child. There was nothing I liked more than a good story, but let's face it. My mother would have gotten mor [...]

    4. This is a wonderful story based on a true event - the yearly Santa Train in the Appalachian mountains. Legend has it that a rich man who was traveling through the mountains had an accident. The townspeople saved his life, and every year to repay their kindness, he sent out a train full of gifts, and tossed silver packages off the train to the children. One little boy always hoped for a doctor's kit, but never got one. After the little boy grows up, he becomes successful and desires to return to [...]

    5. The idea of a Christmas Train in the Appalachian Mountains delivering presents each year was really cool.The story wasn't told in a warm or inviting way. "No one knows why he came up into the hills, by why isn't important."Then a few lines later: "Some say it was old Mr. Crookshank, but others say it was Betty Pritt. But who came along isn't important either."If it isn't important, then stop saying it.There was so much writing on most of the pages. I dreaded reading them. A rich man wrecked in [...]

    6. A rich man was in an accident in Appalachia and the people cared for him. They refused his offers to pay them. So every year he returns at Christmas time in a Christmas train and drops silver packages for the children do the townoften the only presents they receive. Frankie is a young boy who waits each year for the train to come, always hoping it will have a doctor kit for him. It never does but does have other beloved objects. I love these lines the most, "just when it seemed his feet would fr [...]

    7. After a wealthy man is injured in a car accident in Appalachia, he is nursed back to health by the locals only for them to refuse payment when he is well again. As a thank you, the wealthy man returns on a train every 23rd of December bringing Christmas gifts to the poverty stricken children of the area. One little boy hopes very much for a toy doctor’s kit. He receives other toys as well as warm socks, mittens and a hat throughout the years. The boy returns to the mountains as an adult with h [...]

    8. A sweet and thoughtful story that addresses several important issues quite well: want vs need, the significance of giving with no strings attached, introspectionl very adult issues but portrayed in a way that thoughtful children will understand. This is the sort of book that when shared with our children, launches all sorts of conversations we should all probably have with our kidsme questions easier to answer than others.It's also a tear-jerker for those adults who understand all too well. Poig [...]

    9. This is a really wonderful book. I love how the old man helps pay back the people by giving them Christmas presents off the back of the train. And frank gets to be a doctor when he grows up.

    10. Beautiful story with a moral, typical of Appalachian folk lore! I loved this book! And, the illustrations are awesome! Highly recommended!

    11. A story showing how God always provides what we need even more than what we want and yet never forgets our wants as wellb 12/6/16

    12. “It was a little sad because Frankie wished for a doctor kit but every year he didn’t get one. I wish the little girl could get what she wished for. They were poor and the socks and mittens are important. It’s not good to be cold or hurt. At Christmas you get what you get and don’t get upset. It’s special because someone picked it out and gave it to you. Some kids don’t get any presents. Or maybe just one present that they need. I like this story but it is a little sad.” - V, age 4 [...]

    13. This is truly, a perfect Christmas story. The paintings by Chris K. Soentpiet beautifully and tenderly illustrate this heart-felt story of hope, expectations and ultimately the true giving of oneself back to their community.

    14. Selected as Christmas Read Aloud for my 3rd/4th grade students. Introduced story by talking about the real Christmas Train. Students were intrigued and very excited to hear the story. Also talked about how important childhood experiences and memories are, how they shape our future actions.

    15. Saccharin lesson in Paying it Forward. I didn't even like Soentpiet's art as much as usual. Why do most Christmas stories have so much sentiment that they can't be enjoyed the rest of the year?

    16. Loved, loved this sweet story. There are good messages in this story that as an adult I am pondering. It is illustrated beautifully and will captivate a child. Love this story so much!

    17. What a beautiful story. Several good teaching moments and themes in this lovely story about an Appalachian community. I always enjoy books by Cynthia Rylant.

    18. Booklist (Vol. 94, No. 1 (September 1, 1997))Ages 5-8. Nursed back to health in an Appalachian community after a serious accident, a grateful, wealthy man returns every December 23. From the platform of a caboose, he tosses silver-wrapped packages to the children. Every year, young Frankie gets a gift, though the doctor's kit he wishes for never comes. As a grown man and doctor, Frankie recalls the silver packages, feels he owes a debt, and moves back to the mountains where he once again sees th [...]

    19. Silver Packages is a picture book for older readers most likely. I wouldn't say it is for an exclusively adult audience. But I think readers need some perspective in order to appreciate the book fully. I think it can resonate with readers, it has the potential. But I don't think the emotional reaction would be--or even should be--automatic. One can't assume that every reader will respond with tears and "this is the best book I've ever read!!!" Silver Packages is about giving back to the communit [...]

    20. terrible. I'm unsure as to what the moral of this is supposed to be rich people such and attached their guilt by bestowing gifts in the poor? put people want to stand beside by train tracks waiting for handouts? memories change? ick. ick. ick.

    21. Rylant, Cynthia, and Chris K. Soentpiet. Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story. New York: Orchard, 1997. Print. Ages 8+ Silver Packages is an awesome and touching story that takes readers through Frankie's Journey. Ever since he was a little boy, he helped an older man, but then every year before Christmas he would wait and see what packages would come to him. He ends up getting everything that he needs at that point in his life in the packages. Even though he becomes bummed and discou [...]

    22. This is a wonderful tale about a young boy's desire to get a specific present from the Christmas train. On one hand, the disappointment the boy experiences when he doesn't get the gift he wanted seems quite sincere, though ungrateful. On the other hand, the story shows the boy grown up, truly appreciative of the items he received, especially those items he really needed. He realizes the magic of the continuous generosity of the man who tosses the packages from the train and finds a way to give b [...]

    23. I've been reading this with my students in conjunction with a discussion of genre. What's really neat is that, even though the kids are really excited with all the holiday parties, when I get into the story, I notice that they become incredibly still--more so than with other stories I've tried reading right before break. This story really seems to resonate with them. Addendum, Dec. 2015. I had forgotten how powerfully this story could be. This time, I introduced the story with a brief discussion [...]

    24. My district was fortunate to have Soentpiet visit a few years ago, and today while discussing Christmas books, one of my media clerks told me this was her favorite one. I had never heard of it, and was trying to come up with a book-themed Christmas decoration for a church gathering. I instantly loved the book when I read it, and set out to decorate a tree to represent the book. Who knew it would be so hard to find a simple train?? It's such a great story of paying it forward, and not necessarily [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 3 starsThis was a child's book but I felt it was to 'old' for my granddaughter and or my special needs teenage children so I read it myself before I returned it to the library.I like stories like this one. Based upon real life events that changed the hearts of others. And without these types of stories those of us who didn't live it would never know about it. This story is about giving back to those that can't do anything for you. Giving back to the home you were from. And believing in your drea [...]

    27. This is a story for an older group of student’s, maybe third or fourth grade, but it has a nice message and can be used in a classroom around the holidays for Text Participant discussion. This is why I placed the book in the Four Resource Model book shelf. The main character in this book is a young boy who comes from a low socio-economic-household. Every year a train comes around Christmas time and drops things for the children in the town like socks, sweaters ECT. The young boy wants gifts th [...]

    28. I am almost appalled that no one has ever told me about this story. I just chanced upon it one day and, after reading the story, I am delighted to have had such luck. I'm am surprised that people are not shouting the praises of the book from the highest hilltops of Appalachia. Having lived in the foothills of Appalachia my whole entire youth, and having attended a school where one of the promises they like for you to make it to come back to the region to serve, I have an appreciation for this ta [...]

    29. This book would get one and a half stars from me. I think it was a great idea for Cynthia Rylant to write about such an extraordinary event as the Christmas train that rides through the Appalachian Mountains area every year. Though I have family roots in northeast Pennsylvania close to some of the old coal towns, I hadn't heard of the remarkable Christmas train situation that serves as the foundation for Silver Packages. The amazing illustrations by Chris K. Soentpiet are some of the most incred [...]

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