An Orange for Frankie

An Orange for Frankie

By Patricia Polacco

Philomel Books, Hardcover, 9780399243028, 48pp.

Publication Date: September 2004

The Stowell family is abuzz with holiday excitement, and Frankie, the youngest boy, is the most excited of all. But there's a cloud over the joyous season: Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and Pa hasn't returned yet from his trip to Lansing. He promised to bring back the oranges for the mantelpiece. Every year there are nine of them nestled among the evergreens, one for each of the children. But this year, heavy snows might mean no oranges . . . and, worse, no Pa
This is a holiday story close to Patricia Polacco's heart. Frankie was her grandmother's youngest brother, and every year she and her family remember this tale of a little boy who learned--and taught--an important lesson about giving, one Christmas long ago.

About the Author
Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children s books, including "The Keeping Quilt", "The Blessing Cup", "Fiona s Lace", "The Trees of the Dancing Goats", "Babushka s Doll", and "My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother". She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook.