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We recently read the book called Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant. This is a story about a rich man who was traveling through the Appalachian hills and had an accident. A lady who lived there nursed him back to health. The man tried to give the lady some money, however, she refused to take it. He decides that he needs to do something to repay the area that showed him such kindness.
Every year, he boards a train that goes through those hills and throws out silver packages to the children who are eagerly waiting for their gift. In the story we meet Frankie who desperately wants a doctor kit. Each year he hopes to discover a doctor kit, but always receives other things that he truly needs such as warm socks, mittens, and hats. He grows up to realize, just like the rich man, that he, too, would like to help others.
The students and I began to think about the story. Although the title states it's an Appalachian Christmas Story, we thought it was relevant the whole year through. We talked about paying it forward. How it's great to do kind things for others throughout the year.
I asked the children to put on their imagination caps. They were to pretend that the train comes through Grand Forks each year. What would they wish for and why? They were also supposed to think of something the man could give them that they truly need rather than want.
I invite you to share your thoughts! What would you wish for?
Article posted December 20, 2011 at 06:19 PM •
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