Ben and his sister see a homeless woman named Dorrie living in a box over a heating grate. They worry about her and decide to give her food and warm clothing, and convince a deli owner to let her stay next to his shop. The two also start helping at a soup kitchen, and smile at Dorrie when they see her in line.
This book powerfully
communicates that small efforts can make a big difference in a person's
life. There isn't a magical ending where the children "rescue" Dorrie
from her dire situation...and we love that aspect of this book because
that's reality, that's what really happens 99% of the time. Through
this story, children will learn that they can make a big difference
just by caring, by going the extra mile, by making the decision to be
Interest Level: Gr. 2-5
DRA Level: 24
Lexile Measure: 370L
Grade Level Equiv: 3.2
Guided Reading: M
Here are some sample spreads from The Lady in the Box.
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