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An Appalachian Christmas Story: An Appalachian Christmas Story

Cynthia Rylant, Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)


List Price: 18.99*
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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 -- 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.

Praise For Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story: An Appalachian Christmas Story

"Rylant's story is enhanced by the paintings of Chris K. Soentpiet, whose renderings of frosty Appalachian days and a young boy's memories are vibrant. Together, Ryland and Soentpiet have created a story for children and parents too." -- The New York Times Book Review

"A well-rendered reflection on the importance of giving and sharing." -- School Library Journal

Scholastic Inc., 9780531300510, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1997

About the Author

Cynthia Rylant has written more than 100 books, including Dog Heaven, Cat Heaven, and the Newbery Medal-winning novel Missing May. She lives with her pets in Oregon.