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    An Orange for Frankie (Hardback) By (author) Patricia Polacco

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    DescriptionThe 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


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    Title
    An Orange for Frankie
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patricia Polacco
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 48
    Width: 259 mm
    Height: 282 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780399243028
    ISBN 10: 039924302X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: FXX, GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y5.1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12000
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: I-CI
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T Book Type: JF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: YF
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: E
    Ingram Subject Code: CI
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 84
    B&T General Subject: 213
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: HL010
    Ingram Theme: HOLD/XMAS
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039220
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV017010
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: D5
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: X05161512
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PZ7.P75186
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV013000
    LC classification: PZ7.P75186 OR 2004
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Philomel Books,U.S.
    Publication date
    16 September 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review text
    Polacco again mines her family history for a true story based on her grandmother's large family. Frankie is the youngest son in a big family of nine children, with everyone working together on their farm in Michigan. The story takes place during the Christmas when Frankie is ten, when his father is delayed by blizzards when he goes by horse and buggy to buy the oranges for the traditional family Christmas treat. Polacco reveals Frankie's personality through several incidents, one involving the loss of his special orange. Introductory and closing notes introduce the family history and explain that Frankie died following this last Christmas. The longer story provides lots of details of 1900s-era farm life and Christmas celebrations, augmented by Polacco's fine watercolor-and-pencil illustrations of snowy Michigan scenes and the crowded farm house. Told with a sentimental, old-fashioned tone that works well with the setting, this occasionally crosses over into the maudlin, especially in the sections that deal with Frankie's death; Polacco's illustrations, however, are timeless in their portrayal of a happy family enjoying life together. (Picture book. 5-9) (Kirkus Reviews)