The Lady in the Box
by Ann McGovern
illustrated by Marni Backer

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 compassionate. 

Reading Levels
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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