The Christmas Promise by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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A young girl and her out-of-work father ride the rails looking for a place to call home, but with Christmas approaching and no job, Poppa leaves her in a foster home, promising to return as soon as he can.

About Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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SUSAN CAMPBELL BARTOLETTI's Hitler Youth was named a Newbery Honor Book, and Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal. Ms. Bartoletti lives with her family in Moscow, Pennsylvania.
Published November 1, 2001 by Blue Sky Press. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Bleak blues and grays in the early spreads give way to warmer browns and reds as the holiday draws near, but the red-haired child remains downcast, surrounded by blocky, mottled backgrounds and insubstantial-looking figures—until the end, that is, when Poppa reappears, gifts in hand, just “before...

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Like The Shine Man, Bartoletti's (No Man's Land) poignant story is also set during the Depression.

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