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The Lady in the Box

The Lady in the Box

by Ann McGovern Illustrated by Marni Backer

It is wintertime in the city, and Christmas decorations are everywhere. But in Lizzie and Ben's neighborhood, a woman lives in a box, grateful for the warm air that escapes through a vent in the sidewalk. After watching this lady in a box, the brother and sister decide to help her, despite their mother's admonition to never talk to strangers.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.

5, 6, 7
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Ann McGovern Ann Mc Govern wrote children's books for more than 35 years. Her works include Stone Soup and the educational If You Lived.... series.
Marni Backer

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