Abstract 13- Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2007



Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan:  Boxes for Katje

Barbara Hatcher
Texas State University


Boxes for Katje is based on a true story of an American girl who sent a care package to a young Dutch girl. As a result of the package and an exchange of letters, Katje’s family and friends in Holland received much-needed items to help them through the bitter winter of 1945. The book provides opportunities to examine the NCSS Standards of Time, Continuity, and Change, Global Connections, and Civic Ideals and Practices. Readers will enjoy the whimsical illustrations and delightful ending. The story highlights the importance of valuing the needs of others less fortunate than oneself, and it can serve as a springboard for children to take civic action to make a difference in others’ lives. Helpful web sites and additional children’s books expand the lesson.

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About the Author(s)…

Barbara Hatcher is Professor of Elementary/Early Childhood Education and Assistant Dean of the Graduate College at Texas State University. Her research interests include children’s books, oral history, and character education. She is a Texas Piper Professor. Contact information: bh01@txstate.edu