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Welcome Comfort af Patricia Polacco
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Welcome Comfort (udgave 2002)

af Patricia Polacco (Forfatter), Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)

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Welcome Comfort, a lonely foster child, is assured by his friend the school custodian that there is a Santa Claus, but he does not discover the truth until one wondrous and surprising Christmas Eve.
Medlem:kukmeri
Titel:Welcome Comfort
Forfattere:Patricia Polacco (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin Books (2002), Edition: Reprint, 40 pages
Samlinger:BookEndsRequests June 2021, Dit bibliotek
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Foster child Welcome Comfort is teased because of his unusual name but mostly because he's a fat kid. A kind custodian and librarian couple take him under their wing and bring joy and Santa Claus to his life.
  Lake_Oswego_UCC | Dec 2, 2017 |
Sorry, just doesn't do it for me. I don't know why I can't appreciate Polacco's work - she's such a favorite among my GR friends. Just goes to show that people are different and that's a good thing! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A chubby young boy, with the unlikely name of Welcome Comfort, finds himself being befriended by his school's popular custodian, Quintin Hamp, in this poignant holiday tale from Patricia Polacco. Moved from foster home to foster home, Welcome has never known what it is to have a family, but all that changes when Quintin, and his wife Martha, take him under their wing, providing him with stability and loving friendship over the years. One thing they don't share, however, is their Christmases, which they spend "up north" somewhere...

Like many of author's other books, Welcome Comfort is based on the stories of people Patricia Polacco knows, although - given the conclusion of this one - I'm going to assume that there's an element of fantasy here. Then again, maybe not: every reader will have to decide for themselves! I think that children who have experienced ridicule, from their peers, particularly for their appearance, and children who have experienced the foster care system, with especially appreciate this holiday story, in which a unprepossessing young foster kid goes on to become someone very special indeed! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 15, 2013 |
This is a beautifully illustrated and well-written book of fantasy that tells the story of a boy who is in foster care and who has never fit in at school. A kind janitor at his school befriends him and for the first time in his life, he feels like a part of a family. Until then, he had never had a happy Christmas and he did not believe in Santa. After an adventure that he can hardly believe, he shares his first happy Christmas with his friends. As he becomes an adult, he follows in the footsteps of his friend, taking over all of his friend's duties, including a very special job. The illustrations are typical of Polacco. She adds a self-portrait to many pages and blends in characters from her life as "extras" in a crowd. Because her books are usually based on real people and stories she has known, her books have a personal appeal.

I can remember times when I have doubted the existence of Santa Claus, but my parents always told me that if you believe, he will come, but the moment you stop believing, the magic will disappear. That magic is still alive and well all over the world, but this book might just do the trick when it comes to convincing those whose confidence in the magic is wavering.

In the book, the evidence that Santa exists is a little gold star pin with a sprig of holly. After reading the book in class, the group could make pins using gold metallic scrapbook paper, ribbon, and artificial holly. For older students, the class could discuss and write about what it could feel like to be made fun of and ways to help another child who is being teased. ( )
  juliehrbacek | Jan 16, 2011 |
I like the fact that the stor is about a young boy that is in and out of foster care and starts a new school. He is teased for his name and the janitor befriends him. They become great friends and the janitor is father figure to him. He grows up and remains extremely close with the janitor. THe is a story that send a really good message to children.
  tas026 | Dec 4, 2010 |
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