It is wintertime in the city and freezing cold, but not everyone is inside and warm. Ben and his sister Lizzie know that there is a lady who lives outside in a box over a warm air vent. The children worry about the kind-looking lady, and begin sneaking food and clothes out of their apartment for her. Gently told and powerfully illustrated in rich hues, The Lady in the Box deals candidly with the issue of homelessness.
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The lady in the box looked hungry. It was Lizzie's idea to bring her food. I reminded Lizzie that we can't talk to strangers. Lizzie said we wouldn't talk to her. We'd just put some crackers and peanut butter next to her box.
The first time, we forgot the knife for putting peanut butter on the crackers. But she managed somehow. The next day the peanut butter jar was empty.
I thought she should eat food that was good for her. So I brought her two raw carrots, a bunch of celery, and an apple.
Lizzie said the lady in the box didn't have many teeth, not enough for chewing hard food. There were a couple of cans of soup in our kitchen cabinet. Cream of celery and vegetable noodle. Soft and mushy soups. Just right for someone without teeth. Lizzie thought vegetable noodle was better. I thought celery. We had a fight about it. Lizzie won.
We heated up the vegetable noodle soup and ran down the stairs fast to get it to her before the soup got cold. Then we ran home before Mama could tell we were up to something again. Mama says we are always up to something.
The store windows were all Christmasy. It got dark early and the nights were very cold.
The lady in the box didn't have warm-enough clothes.
We looked in our closets. On Lizzie's shelf was a big warm scarf with bright red flowers.
Lizzie said she didn't like the scarf because it was so itchy.
I wasn't so sure the lady in the box would like it either. But it was better than the cold wind blowing on her neck.
We left it outside her box.
Later we saw the scarf wrapped around her neck.
Maybe she likes red flowers.
She called after us, "My name is Dorrie. Thanks."
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