Monday, November 26, 2012

A.E. Wright Middle School Essays

Dear A.E. Wright Middle School students:


Thanks for taking the time to read The Paper Bag Christmas, and for sharing your essays with me. I love hearing from students each year!

To help make sure all of your essays are original, I have taken the liberty of deleting last year's comments from my Blog (sorry guys). But as with last year, I will be selecting at least 3 entries that really catch my attention or touch me in some way, and those students will all receive signed copies of one of my other books.

Looking forward to the A.E. Wright essays! Please post them as comments to this blog. Oh, and be sure to include at least your first name, teacher's name, and what class period you are in!

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Ms. Chadroff said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My students are looking forward to sharing their essays with you. They were truly enlightened and inspired by your story. Enjoy!!

Ms. Chadroff
A.E. Wright MS
English Language Arts

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Sarah C. from Ms.Kimball's 1st period class in Language Arts, I'm twelve years old and I read your book The Paper Bag Christmas. I thought it was a very touching story.
One of the things I really liked about The Paper Bag Christmas, is how Dr.Kringle had inflatable legs at the beginning of the story. It was really funny when Moe and his brother sat on the inflatable legs and the air whooshed out. I could really picture that happening, it was really descriptive. Another thing that I really liked was the ending of the story. It was so sad when Katrina died. It was especially touching when Moe read Katrina's wish list which stated, "All I want for Christmas is a friend." I almost cried.
Your book is important because it reminds us that you don't need toys or stuff like that for Christmas. The feeling you get is a much more important gift. Dr.Kringle explains at the ending of the story that helping others is a wonderful gift. I like to help others too. When I was a little girl I helped a girl with major disabilities at the summer camp I went to and it made me feel good to do it. It's important to help family and friends like Moe helped Katrina before she died. Giving things like clothes and toys to family and friends who don't have as much as you, makes them happy.
I'm writing this letter to you because I wanted to share my opinion about how wonderful this book is. I will remember the story always.
Sincerely,
Sarah C.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Amanda. I am twelve years old, and I am in seventh grade. The Paper Bag Christmas is a very touching book. When my Period 1 English teacher, Mrs. Kimball, read it with the class, I enjoyed it very much.
The reason I love this book so much is because I can relate to it. When I finished The Paper Bag Christmas I saw the true meaning of Christmas again. I remembered that Christmas is about joy, love, spirit, and family.
Since reading The Paper Bag Christmas, I have changed a lot. I have learned that family and friends are most important in life. I also learned to respect others no matter what has or hasn't happened.
The Paper Bag Christmas has taught me many things. I thank you for writing such a wonderful book to read.

Yours truly,
Amanda

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Clayton and I am twelve years old. I am in Mrs. Kimball's first period class. The Paper Bag Christmas was in my opinion one of the best books I have ever read. I thought it had exactly what every reader looks for in a book.
I thought that this book was incredibly interesting and had no boring parts that made you want to put down the book and quit. For example, in the beginning of the book when Mo and his older brother go wait in line for Santa it is still interesting by the characters that follow. Another reason why I loved this book was because it had meaning and brought a message other than a pointless story. There were many messages and one was it is better to give than receive.
I think by reading this book it has changed the way I look at my life in a way and it helps me to see how fortunate I am to have what I do. I am going to serve others by doing exactly what Mo did in the story, help others in need. I think the importance of this book was to tell a story that could change peoples lives forever.
The Paper Bag Christmas was by far the most sad story that I have ever read. I think if anyone were to ask me what to change in this book I would say, "nothing." Who would have thought from reading ten chapters that Katerina the one who had a lot of background would not live to tell the tail.

Yours truly,
Clayton

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Wow! That's all I can say. My name is Jake and I love to read and write. A Christmas Carol by Dickens is nothing compared to your work. I think that The Paper Bag Christmas touched my heart like no Christmas movie, book, story, or legend ever could.
I think that Katrina Lives in the heart of everyone who reads this book, and will forever. She got the one gift she wanted most, a friend. Timothy and Madhu Inspired me to keep my head up, even in the darkest of times, or situations. They were happy even when they knew they didn't have much time. The Paper Bag Christmas taught me to never give up, not just around the holidays, but every day.
I think your book can change even the cruelest people at heart. The Paper Bag Christmas changed the way I think about people, the world, and giving. I learned it's better to make people feel good than to feel good yourself. Even the most sloppy, greedy, snobby person can change their perspective on the world after giving a few gifts. No matter the price of a gift, may it be money or time, it comes out as a sign of love and friendship.
The Paper Bag Christmas taught me and my other classmates of period one, Mrs. kimball's class to love, care, never give up, and enjoy the ride while you can. Anything can be a gift if you put thought to it. Someone buying a gift for someone can be as normal as going to Target, or as weird, as no ordinary lap.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi Mr. Milne, my name is Nick. I go to A.E. Wright Middle School, and we just finished reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas. I was a great heart warming book. My favorite part of the book was when Madhu gave baby Jesus his gift.
The part I liked the most was how Katrina opened up by the end of the story. After she died she gave her liver to Madhu, her trust fund to Frank, and most important she gave her paper bag and Christmas list to Molar. Another part I enjoyed was when Molar and Tim went on a hunt to find out if Dr. Ringle was really Santa Claus. They found letters addressed to Santa Claus in his hospital locker, reindeer poop in his office, and on Christmas
Dr. Ringle disappeared in the hallway.
I have changed since reading I now know the real meaning of Christmas. It not all about getting it's also about giving. I have now realized the importance of this book. It tell the reader of kids that don't want toys and such for Christmas. All they want for Christmas is to feel better and go home with their family.
This was a great read. It gave the class the real meaning of Christmas, and we all learned a lot from this book. This was most heart warming book I have read by far. There should be a sequel about Mo and Lynn's kids.

Yours truly,
Nick

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Benjamin Ms. Kimball's period one class and I have recently finished reading The Paper Bag Christmas. After finishing I felt I had also had my first real Christmas and it was a great experience. The book was very moving in the way that all the characters felt like real people and that they had some real emotion.
One reason that I personally enjoyed the book was Molar's maturity growing over the course of the book as well as the rest of the characters. At the beginning you detailed that he was very childish, possibly even a little selfish in the line to meet Santa. Coming all the way to the end of the book where he is trying to help a terminally ill cancer patient and any other sick children. Another reason I thoroughly enjoyed the book was the ending. You had left the book slightly hinting at a sequel yet still left a satisfying end to a great novel.
Since reading the novel I felt I have matured as well and that I now know what it means to have a real Christmas and after that I have decided to focus on giving as opposed to getting this holiday season. I also think it is important for others to read this and learn the importance of it's message. Because Christmas is becoming a day based on how many presents you can get as opposed to what it was originally meant to mean. From now on I am going to try to live life like "Mo" did in the novel.
Happy holidays even though Christmas has passed, and I hope you made the most of it. Merry Christmas to you and say hi to Molar for me!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Lacey. I am a 6th grader in Mrs.Kimball's first period class. We read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas together in class. I personally thought The Paper Bag Christmas was a very touching, and spectacular book. I adored this book so much, and I think it was one of the sweetest books I have ever read.
One of my favorite parts in The Paper Bag Christmas was when Dr.Ringle was speaking with Aaron and Molar at the mall. He was saying how he really wasn't Santa CLaus and that he had inflatable legs because he didn't have real ones. The reason I liked that specific part is because it showed that just because he was pretending to be Santa it doesn't mean he has to have a big belly, legs, and a long, white beard. Anyone could pretend to be Santa Claus no matter what they look like, or what they have and don't have. Another one of my favorite parts in The Paper Bag Christmas was when it was the night of the pageant at the hospital. Katrina was missing, and no one cared to go look for Katrina, so Mo set out to find her himself. I thought it was very lovely of Mo to make Katrina feel like she was worth it even though she thought she wasn't. I think that was basically my favorite part of your book because it really showed us that Mo loved Katrina as a friend, and he didn't care if she looked ugly under that paper bag. Mo just wanted to be her friend.
The Paper Bag Christmas shares the importance of friendship. For example, the way Mo always cared for Katrina even though she was different just showed all of us the real meaning of true friendship. After reading The Paper Bag Christmas I feel like I have changed my way to care for others whether I know them or not. I have opened my heart to friends, and people I love.
I really thought The Paper Bag Christmas was a book about friendship, and caring. I hope you write another fabulous book like this one. I truly enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas! This book sure touched my heart, and I definitely read it a second time. Thank you Mr.Milne for such an amazing book. The Paper Bag Christmas was for sure worth the read . I will be reading a lot more of your books now that I know how fantastic they are...no doubt.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Grecia. I am in Mrs.Kimball's first period class at A.E.Wright Middle School. We read The Paper Bag Christmas in class. I enjoyed reading this book. It was touching and well written. It made me realize that everyone no matter what they look like needs a friend.
I really enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas. This book was memorable and unique. It taught me what Christmas spirit really is. I liked how Mo's point of view was changed from the beginning to the end of the book. Another thing I liked was each character had their own opinions on Christmas, but at the end they realized what Christmas is about.
The Paper Bag Christmas has made me think about many things. I have changed since reading this book because it has made me think about how lucky I am to live a normal life. Gifts aren't important but having friends and family is. It is important to serve others because they deserve to feel important and special. Before Christmas I visited a children's hospital to give the kids new pajamas for Christmas. It was nice to see the smiles on their faces. The reason I do this every Christmas is because my cousin had cancer, but she recovered. I'm glad she recovered and I hope the children at the hospital recover too.
After reading The Paper Bag Christmas it has made me a little more loving and caring. It is an inspiring book. The Paper Bag Christmas can change a person's heart and mind. This book has taught me many lessons. It has made me hug my parents a little tighter and love a little longer.
Yours truly,
Grecia

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Sydney I am 12 years old and I am in Mrs. Kimballs Period 1 class at AE Wright Middle School. I really enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas It was an amazing book that I had a lot of fun reading in class.
The Paper Bag Christmas was a fantastic book. One of my favorite things about this book was the many lessons it taught about the spirit of Christmas. I learned that you sometimes the best gift you can give is friendship. You don't need a bunch of fancy games, toys, or clothes in order to feel the spirit of the holidays. Another reason why I liked this book was because of the characters. They all had very distinct personalities ,and they all played a very important role in the story. The final reason why I loved this book was the ending. I really liked how this story had a sweet and heartwarming ending.
I have changed since reading this book in many ways. First, I have learned that giving can sometimes be the best gift of all. Sometimes gift you can't see can really be the best and most meaningful. It has also helped me feel the true spirit of the holidays. Family, friends, and serving others are probably the most important part about Christmas. Christmas is a perfect time to show that you are thankful for the important people in your life ,and to give them something in return.
I am so glad that we got a chance to read your amazing story in class this year. I remember a couple years ago when my sister read this book in Mrs. Kimballs class ,and I thought "I hope I get to read that book too." I can't wait until next Christmas so I can help serve others and give back to the helpful people in my life. This year I'm going too keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year.
Yours truly,
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Lacey. I am a 7th grader in Mrs.Kimball's first period class. We read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas together in class. I personally thought The Paper Bag Christmas was a very touching, and spectacular book. I adored this book so much, and I think it was one of the sweetest books I have ever read.
One of my favorite parts in The Paper Bag Christmas was when Dr.Ringle was speaking with Aaron and Molar at the mall. He was saying how he really wasn't Santa CLaus and that he had inflatable legs because he didn't have real ones. The reason I liked that specific part is because it showed that just because he was pretending to be Santa it doesn't mean he has to have a big belly, legs, and a long, white beard. Anyone could pretend to be Santa Claus no matter what they look like, or what they have and don't have. Another one of my favorite parts in The Paper Bag Christmas was when it was the night of the pageant at the hospital. Katrina was missing, and no one cared to go look for Katrina, so Mo set out to find her himself. I thought it was very lovely of Mo to make Katrina feel like she was worth it even though she thought she wasn't. I think that was basically my favorite part of your book because it really showed us that Mo loved Katrina as a friend, and he didn't care if she looked ugly under that paper bag. Mo just wanted to be her friend.
The Paper Bag Christmas shares the importance of friendship. For example, the way Mo always cared for Katrina even though she was different just showed all of us the real meaning of true friendship. After reading The Paper Bag Christmas I feel like I have changed my way to care for others whether I know them or not. I have opened my heart to friends, and people I love.
I really thought The Paper Bag Christmas was a book about friendship, and caring. I hope you write another fabulous book like this one. I truly enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas! This book sure touched my heart, and I definitely read it a second time. Thank you Mr.Milne for such an amazing book. The Paper Bag Christmas was for sure worth the read . I will be reading a lot more of your books now that I know how fantastic they are...no doubt.

Yours truly,
Lacey

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Taylor. I am in Mrs.Kimball's first period class. We read your book The Paper Bag Christmas in class and I thought it was fantastic.
In The Paper Bag Christmas I like how you made Dr. Ringle in a wheelchair. I think it made people think he wasn't Santa Clause and it was a good twist. Also, I think you had a good message to tell people in the book. It made people realize that Christmas is not all about wanting. After Katrina died, it was very thoughtful of her to give her liver to Madhu and the money to the janitor.
The Paper Bag Christmas makes you realize how much you love your family and friends. It makes you want to give and do more for others. I am going to give to others by volunteering places for charity. For example, I am in NCL (National Charity League) it is an organization where you volunteer places like animal shelters, old people homes, and other places. The more you volunteer the more hours you get to graduate from your class.
The Paper Bag Christmas was a great well-written book that has a good message for the readers. The message in my opinion was, for Christmas you shouldn't just ask for gifts, but give them to everyone during the holidays.
Yours truly,

Taylor

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Samantha. I am in Mrs. Kimball's first period class. I really loved your book The Paper Bag Christmas. I thought it was very touching and inspiring, and I would like to try to read some of your other books.
Personally, I really liked the part of the book when the Christmas Pageant was taking place. I considered it to be very moving when Katrina took off the paper bag as her gift to Jesus. She exposed for the whole audience pride and courage, and the result was so touching that Nurse Wimble was speechless. Another example of a very inspiring moment was when Madhu found out he was going to live, or that the janitor was finally able to pay off his little brother's medical expenses, all thanks to Katrina. I felt that the ending was very clever and heart warming. I loved how Mo married Lynn, Madhu became a doctor, and how now Mo's kids are able to meet Dr. Ringle so that they can volunteer at the hospital and make new friends. I was speechless because it was so fantastic.
I think I have profoundly changed since reading the book because now I want to go out and help people all I can. And because of that, I am soon going to volunteer at an animal shelter near my house. Recently, I have been looking at dog shelters more often, and since I am a dog person and pretty good at taking care of my own dogs, I decided to volunteer at some shelters that need help. I feel that the importance of The Paper Bag Christmas is that it shows how helping others is reassuring and it makes us feel better about ourselves.
The Paper Bag Christmas is one of the few books that can actually make some people cry. Again, I loved this book and I am glad I read it. I hope there's an opportunity where I can another one of your books.
Yours truly,
Samantha

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hello my name is Ava. I attend school at A.E. Wright,in Mrs.Kimball's first period seventh grade english class. As much as I love books, I really enjoyed the plot, dialoge, and of course the charaters in your story The Paper Bag Christmas. As I read the the first five chapters in the class with my classmates I was asking the same questions I ask when I read other books, but I usally get the same answer which is alway the same plot, alway the same meaning, but as far as I understood I got a diffrent answer from this book. I belive the purpose of this book was to teach millions of people to understand the real meaning of thieir religion. I think the message was to give, and not always about reciving.
I liked The Paper Bag Christmas because it made me relise it is not all about the presents you recive it is about being surroned by the people that you love, also to give to others.I foucsed on your book around Christmas time beacuse I never gave to other people. for the first time I acutully got something for the people that make my day , so I got a present for those people, and I have to say that it felt great doing something kind to other people. Getting back to The Paper Bag Christmas I liked how their was a Character named Katrina because she made me understand that some people don't get as much as others. It made me upset when she died ,but I enjoyed how Mahu got new liver. I beleive the message was to never give up in what you beleive in.
I changed from this book on being mor thankful because some people do not have as much as other people so I am very thankful That I have the things that I have and a very kind family. I beleive this book was very helpful for many people that have more than others, and to teach them that they can still reach out. Friendship is important because they make you happy. Family is important because family is forever and they take care of you. And last helping others is important because it teaches you kindness.
Throughout your book, I had many emotions some good some sad.I relised that not every peosoncan celebrate so it is good to reach out to others and give them a hand.Christmas is about family, friends,and more importantly hapiness. reading the book The Paper Bag Christmas was an eye opeaner,and enspired me to be kinder. In conclution, I loved your book and it left me speechless.
Yours truly,
Ava

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Well done! I'm Chloe and in Mrs. Kimball's first period. I love to read books, but I have to say 'The Paper Bag Christmas' was the most enjoyable book I ever read! It had such a meaningful story line.
One reason why I could not put the book down is the little details that you put into every character. Madhu and Nurse Wimble accents are what gave the book individuality, while we were guess what was going on with Katrina and her paper bag. I truly thought it was based on a real story! I also enjoyed the meanings of every gift the children was given. The presents weren't the latest toy or the oldest one, but just a simple crumbled up red piece of paper with words or a 3 hole cut out from a paper bag.
I found that your book gave me a different point of view from my life. It taught me how giving back can be the best thing you can ever receive. Also, your book told me the true meaning of Christmas, and how life is better with friends. From now on I will help those who need a friend the most.
Your book is the only book I ever read that touch my heart and gave me a new look on Christmas. Maybe, you could write more books of those children's lives before they met Mo (like Katrina's life) or how Mo's children's volunteered at the hospital.
Yours Truly,
Chloe

Daniel G said...

Dear, Mr. Milne,

My name is Daniel and I am attending A.E. Wright middle school, Period 1 Mrs. Kimball's class. The reason why I am writing to you is because of you book The Paper Bag Christmas, and How learned a lot from it.
Your book has a great story line to it and it contains acts of good moral behavior by the characters. For example Molar who needed to understand the true meaning of Christmas finds it when he tries to befriend a young girls with a life threatening decease. He begins to realize that life is not about oneself, but also about caring about others and their problems. Mr. Milne you emphasized the importance of keeping close to friends and family and I respect that. I also learned to appreciate my life because others are less fortunate than me.
I changed a little since reading your book. I have begun to look at my family differently Now I see more of their qualities and less of their faults. I am going to be treating my family, friends and acquaintances with more respect. I will be more willing to help someone when I see they need help.
I would certainly like to read some of your other books. I also want to say I enjoyed this book also because it was very easy to read. I know that there is much more I can learn from you.


Yours truly,
Daniel

Jolie said...


Dear Mr.Milne,

Hi, I'm Jolie from Mrs.Kimball's Period 1 class. I attend A.E.W Middle school. I heard that you have been receiving letters from all the 7th grade children that have read "The Paper Bag Christmas" throughout the years. If I was you I know I would love to read them as much as you do. I loved your book a lot. It was so touching that I let out a few tears in class. Also I was hooked onto the book, and I wanted to see what would happen next, so I really wanted to take the book home. I would love to let you know that this book was truly inspiring, and moving.

I enjoyed the book "The Paper Bag Christmas" It changed the way I thought. I realized how spoiled I am. Some children spend their Christmas in the hospital, and not knowing if they are going to be alive for much longer. I would get a bunch of presents and not share with my brother, but now that I have heard about those kids in the hospital, I would love to give them all my toys. I also loved that you showed Katrina build up her confidence. When we first met Katrina in the book, she was very shy and didn't want to talk. At the end of the story Katrina took off her bag, and everyone was shocked and said she was beautiful.

I've changed since I've read this book because I'm not as spoiled, and I give to others. I also help out in my community and help in the dog shelter. I go to Childrens Hospital 3 times a year to get my blood taken and get tests done, so while I'm there I bring toys to give to the front desk to give to the children. I strongly believe that Mr.Milne's book is very important and every kid in the U.S.A should read it because it will change the way you believe and act.

I wish that all the children in the world could be as generous and kind as Molar and his brother. Mr.Milne should be all over the news and we should make all schools world wide read The Paper Bag Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Reading your book was a great experience. It teared my eyes and touched my heart. It showed me that I don't have to be Christen to celebrate Christmas because it's not about the day, it's about it's spirit to be cherished and not forgotten.

This book also helped me see the goodness in all people that we all sometimes overlook. Molar didn't have to volunteer, but he did, and gave someone a gift that was the last and best thing she ever got. He absolutely enriched the last part of her life

Though this is a fictional story, it is an example of how people should treat each other. I found that Madhu's gift was unmeasurably better than any that the Wise Men gave, and probably should have been in the bible.

Thank you for a book that was not just fun to read, but inspirational as well.

PS: I loved the Tolkien quote!

Sincerely,
Skye

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Jasia and I'm 13 years old and im in period 1 with Ms.Kmball. Our whole class enjoyed your book The Paper Bag Christmas. Have to say my favorite part of my school day was reading your book with the class. In the future I want to be an Avian Vet because I love birds much like Mo's love for caring for people.
I loved every single thing about the book but I mostly loved the dialogue. The way you could see the bond between two character because of the way they spoke to each other. When Mo risked himself getting hurt to help Christina it really was touching for someone to be that brave for someone they love and care for. That was what brought the book together the most. Without Cristina and Mo it would have been totally different if they weren't in the book. Another thing that made the book awesome was all the unique characters with their own personality it made me feel like I knew them in real life.
I think this book changed me in a lot of ways it helped me to accept peoples disabilities and come out and be friends and the book showed me a different meaning of christmas. This book is very important to me because it taught me new ways to be thankful, and caring. The book makes me think about the ways I will be nice to others no matter what. I remember one time I was in a grocery store and a woman in an electric chair dropped something so I went out of my way get to pick it up and give it to her.
All in all this book really touched my heart and changed the ways I think of others. One thing that changed is that I wasn't as greedy on christmas because I already had what I wanted, my family. I loved your book and would love to read the sequel to it. I hope I get to meet you someday.
Yours Truly,
Jasia

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Griffin and I am a student at A E Wright middle school in Las Virgenes, California. I am in Mrs. Kimball's first period class. Reading the book, I adored your literature in the exquisite novel The Paper Bag Christmas. It spoke to my heart in a way unimaginable and brought tears to my eyes every second I read your book. Though it was not only a phenomenal book, but it was also an amazing way to speak to people on how important things are. That you should cherish every second you receive.
One thing I respected in The Paper Bag Christmas was that it really spoke to my inner self and made me feel like I should accomplish something, and help those less fortunate than I. Your splendid novel really showed me the of the holidays, and how everyone wants to feel good. In your book it shows how people everywhere should donate your time to make that happen. Also, you should make yourself feel good for doing it too. This book has really sticks out as a proud supporter to those who need help and you should help this world and make it happen so they can have everything they need for the holidays too. Another thing is that the passion for children's lives shows me that their is nothing more important than being a happy child.
The importance of your book is that it tells the reader no matter what age, to love and make the best of your life. Not only that but it also tells the reader the importance of family and friends and how the passion in people can change others. This book shows the importance to serve other as well as being of service. It tells you to help people in anyway imaginable and go beyond your limit to make someone else happier than they've ever been. The Paper Bag Christmas gives off a message that you can make someone other than yourself feel special.
Though it was not only a phenomenal book, but it was also an amazing way to speak to people on how important things are. That you should cherish every second you receive. All in all, I want you to know your book made me happy, my classmates happy, and showed me the bright side of life. Thank you, I will now look towards the future for I do not know what opportunities await me. I can't wait to help out!



Yours truly,
Griffin

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi, I'm Zoe and although I don't celebrate Christmas, your book gave me Christmas more meaning to me.Your book made me think so much more about Christmas and what Christmas truly is. While we read the book in Mrs. Kimball's first period class, we asked many questions regarding what would happen next. The characters you used were so caring and giving, it made me believe it was a true story. I enjoyed your story so much and it inspired me to believe that miracles can happen. I loved how you added a little mystery into the book. Many of you're made up characters made me think more of others than myself. The Paper Bag Christmas can show who you truly are inside.
The true characters came out in your story. I liked the book because it showed that helping others is better than helping yourself. I think the most important lessons you can learn from The Paper Bag Christmas is giving. Like when Kristina made a friend for herself, she gave Mo her paper bag and Christmas list, she gave Madhu her liver, and lastly she gave the custodian money. She was so giving and I wish I had a heart as big as hers. Lyn also stood up for Kristina in the talent show. That taught me that you should stand up for what you believe in, even if you're the only one standing!
Reading The Paper Bag Christmas, made me really think. It really put me in the image of G-d. Watching over all the girls and boys, determining if they are naughty or nice is like being G-d. The book also showed me the importance of friendship and serving others. You should never judge anyone by their shape, size, or disabilities. I believe deeply in helping others in need. In Girl Scouts and Temple I do lots of community service. The most important part of the book to me, is the gift of being together. The best gift is the gift of friends and family coming together as a community during the holidays.
The Paper Bag Christmas brings joy and happiness for the upcoming holiday of Christmas. Your book made me finally understand what Christmas really is and means. This book made me so happy it just spoke to me telling me who I really am, although I'm not christian. I truly believe you are a fantastic writer and I have a few of your books. I would read any book in the entire world to have the same feeling that I had while reading your book. Thank you so much for making me so much more confident in myself and who I really am!



Yours truly,
Zoe Shea


Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi Mr. Milne, my name is Maya. I am in Mrs. Kimball's first period class and I am twelve years old. My hobbies include dance, soccer, art, and hanging out with my friends. The Paper Bag Christmas was a very moving and touching story to me and even though I am Jewish, I still learned the true meaning of Christmas, it is a time to give and be with your family.
One of the aspects that I admired in The Paper Bag Christmas was the character of Katrina. She is a shy and lonely girl with no family, but then in the end of the book she comes out of her shell and shows who she really is. I also admire her character because she is confident and not afraid to be in a gurney race on the eighth floor of the hospital. Another aspect of your book that I admired in The Paper Bag Christmas was all of the quotes by various people in the beginning of each chapter. All of the quotes really connect to the chapters. They bring the story to life.
Since I have read this book it has made me think about all of the people out there in hospitals, or homeless, orphans, and people who don't have enough money to put gifts under the Christmas tree or around the Menorah. It made me think about it so much that this past holiday season my family and I bought boxes full of toys and donated them to the Children's hospital, because I know what it feels like to have loved ones in the hospital. The importance of your book was to show the true meaning of Christmas and that it is better to give than receive. Support for one another and to have the feeling and pride of giving is the importance of family, friends, and serving others. I am going to help others by contributing to society and giving back. I will raise money to help the poor and volunteer at animal shelters. Most importantly I will give more than I receive.
Your book has taught me the true meaning of Christmas and how important it is to think more about others than yourself. You have really shown me what a good book can do to somebody. Thank you for teaching me a valuable lesson about giving and I will now always think more about others than myself.
Yours truly,
Maya

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Destiny, I am twelve years old, and I am in Mrs. Kimball's first period class. Your book, The Paper Bag Christmas was an astonishing read and I absolutely adored it. We read your novel in class and I think as a whole we truly enjoyed it. Personally, I thought your story was heartwarming and it made me very emotional.
There are so many reasons I loved your book. I especially loved the setting at the children's hospital. The sick kids taught me that there was so much purpose in life. I liked how they decorated their rooms which promoted a positive hospital experience which made the kids feel at home and it also helped them forget about their loneliness. I was a bit saddened by the fact that Madhu and Katrina didn't decorate their room because the felt so left out and didn't have a long time to live. It seemed that the only predictable thing about these sick kids where how unpredictable they were. Katrina was my favorite character. Her personality was full of wit and sarcasm which was needed because she had a paper bag on her head. I understood why she had such a hard exterior and I was able to relate to Katrina. She protected herself from being made fun of. Katrina also had a pleasant and delightful side to her. We often saw this when she made friends. When she became friends with Mo, she didn't feel a need to have her wall up, and she could be herself because she knew she wouldn't be made fun of. He was able to except her for who she was. Lastly, I enjoyed the part when you made Katrina's worn-out paper bag a Christmas tradition for Mo's family. This taught me that tradition can be an honor to someone or something that is special to the family. Katrina gave the paper bag to Mo for a Christmas present before she died as a reminder of who she was.
Ever since I read your book I noticed that I have changed my outlook and appreciation for family. Your book has allowed me to think about the importance of family, friends, and giving back. I now know that the power of family and friendship is love, devotion, and gratitude. The importance of serving others is thinking of them and not yourself. From now on I will serve others with respect and courtesy.
I thought your book was magnificent and it had lots of meaning to it. The Paper Bag Christmas had a beautiful message and your book has affected me in so many ways that is life changing.The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration for my incredible which has been given to me as well as my amazing friends, family, and teachers to share experiences with. Life should never be taken for granted as we learned how precious it is, and we should always enjoy oneself.

Yours truly,
Destiny

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Palmer. I am a 13-year-old boy who is happily attending A.E.Wright Middle School. My class and I have read your book The Paper Bag Christmas in period 1 Ms.Kimball's class. I have enjoyed your book very much! I was very surprised that I liked your book actually, normally I read fantasy books. This was the best fiction book I have ever read. Personally, I did not expect that I would love it so much. Your book is wonderful. Earlier this month I bought it from the bookstore before it shutdown just like all the others, and I don't like reading off kindles. Honestly, I love reading.
What I loved about your book the most is the story line. I loved how no one would begin to think that the main character Molar would ever become friends with Katrina (the girl he met at the hospital) and have such a great relationship with her as friends. I also loved the ending, how Molar married Lynn and how Madhu became a doctor. It was a very surprising moment and it brought tears to my eyes. Ms.Kimball agreed with me that I should ask you to write a sequel for The Paper Bag Christmas. Of course, it will or would never be better than the first one. The Paper Bag Christmas will always be my favorite book; it has a lot of detail and a great setting.
As I mentioned, I usually read fantasy books, however, reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas has made me interested in other book genres. I'm Jewish, but I celebrate Christmas with my Cristian cousins, and instead of getting presents, we went to the homeless shelter. We had loads of fun! I also helped a dog shelter at Pet Co., because I love dogs, and it's the same place my family and I got our dog, and I wanted to repay the favor by finding dogs a new home. I had a blast there too. For my Bar Mitzvah, I had a fundraiser for the dog shelter. We got so many useful things like collars and toys we were able to give it to two shelters!
Your book has really affected me in a wonderful way. I'm actually smiling while writing this as opposed to having no feeling. It has made me hope in the future you can write a book that I'll love even more. Your book was the most beautiful book ever written and published. I hope that I can meet you so then I can tell you this in person. Thank you.

Yours truly,

Palmer

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

Hello Mr.Milne my name is Seth and I know that this is probably the hundredth letter in your pile, so I want to start the triple digits with a bang. While reading The Paper Bag Christmas in class the book helped me realize the truths of this book. It is true that many children have terminal illnesses and don't always make it to Christmas. This book show that with a little help we can spread Christmas joy. In The Paper Bag Christmas I liked many things. First, I liked the setting because it was a good place to spread Christmas joy. Second, I also liked the way you named the doctor Christopher K. Ringle because it is very similar to the name Chris Kringle. Third, I liked Molars character. I found it very easy to relate to him. Last but not least I like the wide array of characters. I liked that the extremely cheerful Madhu , and the depressing Katrina. With all these characteristic your book touched the hearts of many. After reading this book it sort of opened my eyes to the world around us. While one child eats ice cream with his parents another learns that he is expected to die in a month. It helped me realize that our world keeps balance through tragedies and happy times. They coexist to keep the world balanced. It also helped me realize that for some people Christmas is their only happy time. A few of the most important things in life are friends, family, and serving others. Family because they are what you will always have. Friends are the ones who will always stand by you. serving others because it is the right thing to do. If you don't have family then you have almost nothing. They are the ones who have your back. A person always needs friends. They are the people you can relate to. they are the ones you make memories with good ones and the not so good ones too. then again thats's what life is about. The saying " Treat people the way you want to be treated." is very true. By serving others in the simples ways such as helping the elderly cross the street or inviting someone to sit with you that's how you make friends. Those friends may be there your entire life others won't. Your book taught me some of those life lessons. Not all of them but a handful. There are other lessons I learned in life. Now back to the real reason of this essay. Your book was an enchanting, touching, and heartwarming tale of the boy Molar and the Mysterious Doc Ringle who teaches Molar about the real spirit of Christmas. It had many characters I could relate to. The general message of this book is to be happy with what you have and to give everything all you got from when It comes from picking an ice cream flavor to finally slam dunking a ball. Thank you Mr. Milne.

Sincerely,
Seth

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne

My name is Hayley, I am a 13 year old girl, and I am in Ms. Kimball's 1'st period, seventh grade class. I am attending A.E. Wright middle school, and I have just finished reading your novel The Paper Bag Christmas. This was a beautifully written book, and it brought tears to my eyes several times!

I loved the storyline; it was very clever, heart-warming, and full of surprises. Who would have thought that a boy like Mo would become friends with a girl like Katrina? Mo is a little impulsive, and quick to act, but Katrina is strong and unafraid. The characters in The Paper Bag Christmas are all unique and have their own personalities, and I love that in a book. I loved them all so much! Even Nurse Wimble and her strong, merciless, manner. If I had to absolutely pick, Timothy would be one of my favorites, even though he didn't play a major role in your novel. He is so full of energy and and stands strong for his belief that Dr. Ringle is Santa Clause. Even when Nurse Wimble shattered his dreams, the damage was far from permanent, and he was back to his old self in no time at all. Of all the characters int Te Paper Bag Christmas, I am most like Lynn, Timothy, or Katrina. I stand up for others and am willing to do almost anything to defend them. I am full of energy and see magic where others may not, and finally, I am brave and daring, and I take anything that comes my way; I am not afraid, just like Katrina.
Although I have always been a little more "aware" in the way I see the world than most of my classmates, after I have read The Paper Bag Christmas, I have changed even more. I look at everything differently, and realize just how lucky and privileged to be where, and who I am. To me, everything has a meaning, and we all have a purpose to be here on Earth, even if one is a character in a book, so let me use that. I think Mo's was to finally give Katrina the friend she has so badly wanted, and Katrina's was to help show Mo the way, that life is much more than most take it to be. Me, well I don't know about me, but I am going to start volunteering at animal shelters and homes for the needy or poor to give back to and better my community. Maybe I'll do the same thing my friend did and have a drive for the animal shelters and homes. When I get older I plan to try and volunteer at the ASPCA. Maybe even a children's hospital.
The Paper Bag Christmas was one of those rare books that will give you tears and a smiling heart at the same time. My friends and teacher agree with me that you should write a sequel, and I would very much like to know what became of Timothy and Dr. Ringle, even Nurse Wimble! Beautifully written and well thought through, a magnificent piece of literary work!! I had tears streaming down my face nearly the entire time! Now, no matter where I am or how old I get, if I happen to see a Santa Clause at the mall, I'll like to think that he is no ordinary Santa, and he has anything, but an ordinary lap.
Yours truly,
Hayley

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi, my name is Elissa, and my first period Language Art teacher is Mrs. Kimball. Mrs. Kimball chose The Paper Bag Christmas for the class to read because of the holiday season. When the class started reading The Paper Bag Christmas I was unsure I would like it or not. After reading The Paper Bag Christmas, it is now one of my favorite books.
One of the reasons I like the book is because of how much effort Mo put into Katrina fulfilling her part in the Christmas pageant. One-way, is he took up the challenge to race her on the eighth floor on a gurney, and if he won she would be in the pageant, but if he lost, she wouldn't.this showed that Mo stopped at nothing to bring holiday cheer to her. The second reason why I like this book is when Katrina gave Madhu her liver when she was about to die, that moment was so touching, it made me cry.
The importance of family, is knowing that you are loved and cared for, like when Mo's and his older brother, Aaron's parents took them to see Santa. Severing others is also important because you are letting people who need cheering up know that people care. Mo and Aaron did this by volunteering at the hospital and meeting Katrina and Madhu for the first time. The importance of friendship is wonderful because a friend is someone you can talk to and have with, like when Mo and Tim went to find evidence that Dr. Ringle is Santa. the importance of Mr. Milne's book is to learn the true meaning of christmas, besides the religious element, matters. To give and make people happy, to invite people to be your friends just like Mo did with all of this new friends.
Thanks to mrs. kimball i have a new favorite book. I think everyone should read it. This book is great to read around the holidays not just christmas. Did you ever consider Mo and Katrina having a future together? I wonder if Mo's boys had has much fun at the hospital and him and and his bother Aaron did?

Yours truly,

Elissa

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Dylan and I am twelve years old. I have been attending A.E. Wright For two years and this year I have Mrs. Kimball for first period Language Arts. I really enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas. It was a joyful and hart warming book to read. Some parts were sad and some parts were happy, but overall the book made me smile.
One reason why I liked the book is because it had a lot of really good detail. It had good detail about the settings, characters, and feelings which kept my attention and kept me reading. Another thing I liked about the book was it taught me the real meaning of Christmas. THe book talks about how Christmas isn't about presents, money, or the latest toy. It shows that Christmas Is about love, caring, and family. Instead of only wanting gifts for Christmas, we should remember to be grateful for the feeling of love from family and friends.
I think the importance of the book is to show that some kids aren't as lucky as others. Kids should be grateful for what they get no matter how little, big, cheep, or expensive it is. More importantly, Christmas is about family, friends, and being together. When I was younger I never really thought about all that. I mostly thought about presents and what kids I would get to play with. Now after reading The Paper Bag Christmas, I have started to think more about Family and love. This book really gives a good lesson to appreciate what you have and to be considerate of those who maybe can't afford much.
I am grateful to have read this book. It reminds me to to not focus on what I don't have but to appreciate what I do have.What I do know is I will always have a family that will love me. I am hopeful that many kids will be able to read this book.

Sincerely,
Dylan

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, my name is Walker. I am in Mrs. Kimball's period 2 English class. Our class had so much fun reading your book THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS.
There are two specific reasons I enjoyed the book. First, I loved how you told of one character, Molar, helped so many people. One example was when Molar helped a girl who, because she had cancer, thought she was ugly and wore a paper bag over her head. Molar took it upon himself to stand up for his new friend when others were mean. He also went to the director of the hospital holiday performance and was able to get this girl a part in the show. Second, I liked the fact that all the characters in the holiday performance, who started off as mean people, ended up turning out to be nice. One of the mean girls teased the girl with the bag on her head in the beginning of the story. By the end, once the girl with the bag on her head sadly died, she realized how precious life is and that nobody should be treated that way .
Now, I have become a better person after reading your book because I too realize that you should always be nice to people, no matter what they look like. Also, I understand that Christmas is not just about getting presents and playing in the snow. Sometimes the best gifts come from the heart. Next year, I have decided to spend Christmas helping others. In fact, next year, I am going to go with my mom to Kern County and take gifts to the homeless. Now I realize the gift of giving is far more important to receiving.
Thank you for writing such a meaningful book like THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS. I look forward to reading more of your novels this year and hopefully, I will learn another valuable lesson.


Yours truly,

Walker

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello Mr. Milne my name is Albert and your book the Paper Bag Christmas was an outstanding, spiritual book. My Language arts class is in second period, the students are nice and Ms. Kimball is great.
What I like about the Paper Bag Christmas is the Christmas spirit and holiday joy. I like the Christmas spirit because everyone cared for one and another. I liked the holiday joy because they accomplished their goal with Christmas spirit.
The importance of your book made me realize about the importance of giving others what they never wanted. Ever since I read this book it made me think more of family and friends.
The Christmas spirit and holiday joy was astonishing in the Paper Bag Christmas. The book was amazing. Now that I have read this book I started giving more thoughts of family and friends.

Yours truly,
Albert

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Davis, and I have Mrs. Kimball for language arts in 2nd period. In class, we recently finished your inspiring book, The Paper Bag Christmas. It is a great book that I am sure the whole class loved reading! I can assure you that I loved it!
My favorite part was when everyone wore those bags just for Katrina. That was very kind. I also like the part where Santa had no legs, and even Aaron was creeped out! I would be a little scared too! My third favorite part was when you had to tell the whole story to your children.
The Paper Bag Christmas has inspired me to care more for other people in need. This Christmas, I felt like I didn't get enough presents. Then, I thought about all the other kids who don't get much at all, and I felt like I had the most presents on the face of the Earth!
Thank you Mr. Milne, for truly moving me. Thank you for moving all who have read The Paper Bag Christmas. Everyone who doesn't care about kids in need really need to read your book.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Trent and I read THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS with Mrs. Kimball and my class in second period. We all thought it was a very well written book. In the book, there were a lot of surprises and wanting to know what happened next but we had to wait. It was nice how everyone wanted to wear a bag over their head just for Katrina.
I like mostly every part in THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS. It was a very interesting book. They all take care of each other and stay next to each other at all times.Also, they helped each other and made their friends not to be scared of something and they are not scared to try that something, and then they get over their fear, like when Katrina didn't want to take off her bag and she did it for everyone and everyone was proud of here, but mostly Molar.
I have changed after reading this book by reading this, "You don't hear Christmas spirit, you feel it". I am now going to serve others like Molar and Aaron, because they were nice and helped serve everyone. To me, THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS covered the importance of family, friendship, and serving others.
Lastly, I knew this was going to be the best book ever when Mrs. Kimball first handed me that book. I wish there was a sequel! Thank you Mr. Milne for writing this great novel.

Yours truly,

Trent

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Gavin and I am in Mrs.Kimball's first period class for language arts, I am 12 years old and I read your one of a kind book The Paper Bag Christmas. I thought it was a magnificent touching story.
One thing I really enjoyed about this story was when Dr.Ringle had fake inflatable legs in the begging of the story and Mo and Molar didn't believe that they were fake. I could capture in my mind what was happening. If I had to pick my favorite part of the book I would say my favorite part is when Katrina did not like Madhu and then at the end of the story she donated her healthy liver to Madhu's cancerous liver.
In my opinion I think that as the reader of your story it reminds us that we don't just need presents for christmas we also need to help others that aren't as fortunate as us. After reading this story I have changed some of my ways like now I include the not so cool kids to my table and I have found out how nice they are, that they might look weird outside but inside they are very kind. I think that it is important to give to others that are not as fortunate as you.
To conclude my opinion on this wonderful story I really enjoyed this book. I have started recommending it to all my friends because of how great it is.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne
MY name is Savannah from Mrs.Kimball's second period class.The Paper Bag Christmas was a very good book, it showed me that not all people may have a good or perfect Christmas,and not all people may be the same, but that doesn't mean you have to treat them any different from the way you treat others.
What I liked most about the Paper Bag Christmas was when Doctor. Ringle gave everybody their presents that could change life's.My other favorite part was when Molar put the paper bags on all the angles heads so that katrina could be an angel without having to take her bag off.
The Paper Bag Christmas shows that having family and friends one Christmas day makes Christmas so special,cause thats really whats it's all about.This book has changed me cause not every one's life is really good or not happy so that taught me that you have to help others. I also learned that you have to treat others the way you would want to be treated.
The Paper Bag Christmas shows me that not everyone may be perfect but everyone deserves to be treated the same way.This is an eye opening book because it proves that all people have feelings so you have to treat those around the way you would want to be treated.I recommend this book to everyone and anyone cause it's easy to relate to.

Yours truly,
Savannah

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, I am Ethan.I am in Mrs. Kimball's class from Period 2. I would like to start of saying what a great book you have written. It was a pleasure reading your book. I would love to read all your other books based on how great The Paper Bag Christmas was.
In The Paper Bag Christmas, my favorite part of the book was when Aaron and Mo had to dress up like elves that was funny. Except, I also loved the part when Kat gave Mo her bag. If I got a present like that from my friend who was about to pass away, that would be the best present ever. I loved when Kat gave Mo the bag, and how it built suspense. If there ever is going to be a movie, I'm sure the book would be better because it has more detail.
This book taught me many things. It taught me to give and not just receive, to be thankful for what you have while you have it, and most of all to treat others the way you would like to be treated. For example, Mudhu treated everyone kindly, so he got treated nicely back. Your book taught me many things needed things like treating each other well and caring for each other.
Once again, I could read this book over and over again and would get better every time. Your book truly taught me something. Your book was a great book, and I will recommend this to everyone I know.

Yours truly,
Ethan

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
I am Luis from Ms.kimball's second and third period class. I'm a fan of "The Paper bag Christmas".It has everything I like such as comedy,humor,and entertainment. I love the way in every chapter you put a quote there like a reward for reading the previous chapter.The way you give every character a purpose is another reason way i like your book.
One of my many favorite characters from your book is "Molar" or "Moe". His generosity and kindness makes him a fan favorite character.Another thing I like about your book is thing that keeps you thinking if Dr. Ringle is really Kris Kringle. The assuming if he really is santa leaves the reader thinking with a smile on his face.
From reading this book I have learned to help others,because you never know when it might be there last day on earth. Your book shows a moral to the reader, a moral they can learn from. Your book shows the importance of of caring, loving, and serving the ones you love and care about such as your friends and family.what tis inspired me to do is to help out more around the house so my mom could have a break from working and cleaning the house.
Like i said before I'm a big fan of your book "The Paper bag christmas" and I'm looking forward to reading your other books. Thank you for giving everyone a moral to look up to. "The Paper bag christmas" is a story everyone should hear about. Well thank you for reading my letter Mr.Milne
Yours truly,
Luis

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Aidan and I normally don't like reading. Before reading your book, reading was a chore. Your book captured my imagination. I loved how you made the characters seem real. Describing what they wore and that the liked, disliked, and how they felt.
I liked how the characters are nice to each other. Like when Mudhu made that idea where everyone wore bags on their heads to be nice to Katrina. I also liked when Katrina was very sad and her friends helped her.
I can't say it enough. I think your book was amazing. I feel it was really important that you wrote this book because reading has never really interested me and I get bored with a lot of other books. In your story I really felt passion for it. I know what reading is really supposed to feel. I hope that you continue to write other stories similar but at the same time different than THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS.
Do you think that your book was really worth reading? Well I'm here writing to tell you, I think your book was fantastic. It finally gave me enjoyment to pick up a book and read.
yours truly,
Aidan

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Izabella, my language arts teacher is with my teacher Mrs.Kimball, during second period. While learning about the true meaning of Christmas, our class read your book The Paper Bag Christmas my class noticed that The Paper Bag Christmas was about giving to people in need and knowing that Christmas is not about presents, it is about Christmas Spirit, which means love, care, and giving.
Overall, my favorite reason that The Paper Bag Christmas is one of my favorite books is because the book had morals and lessons. Even though, The Paper Bag Christmas had many morals, one moral caught my eye, the moral that got my attention was that Christmas is not about presents, Christmas is about giving to those in need of help or love. The Paper Bag Christmas also had a lot of lessons, one of the lesson that I learned is that you can't judge a person by his or her look, because you never know what they have went through.
This book has made an impact on the way I think about Christmas, because now that I think about it, Christmas is about giving and loving one another. After reading The Paper Bag Christmas I realized that this book is like no other book I've read before, because the book teaches you multiple lessons about Christmas. The importance of family, friendship, and caring, is love, caring for others, and making people feel good about themselves. During the time I was reading this book,I am now going to start doing chores around the house.
Finally, this book was one of my favorite Christmas stories, because it had meaning to it. These days, kids think that Christmas is about presents, and what their parents are going to give them for Christmas, but The Paper Bag Christmas taught me that Christmas is not about presents. After all I have learned in your book, I would recommend your awesome book to young kids, who love Christmas.
Yours truly,
Izabella

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hi my name is Jose from Mrs.Kimball's second period class. I read THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS, and I really enjoyed it. The book changed my view of Christmas a lot. My first reason why I liked the book is because it showed friendship, and family. My second reason why I liked it is because Mo helped the people in the hospital that part really touched my heart it almost made me cry when Katrina died. THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS seemed so real like it really happened to Mo.
Since, I read the book I read it to my little brother, and he really loved it. First, he kept talking about Kat, so I told him it's not real she's made up. Second, he told me that he wished Madhu was in his class because Madhu was really nice to everyone. THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS is important because it would change the life other people. Next, the importance of family, and friendship is really important in the world< and your book shows all of that.
well THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS is a great book to read because I really loved it, and I think everyone who reads it will too. If a sequel comes out I would read it. Remember to keep writing like that until the end.
Yours truly,
Jose

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne

My name is Steven and I go to A.E Wright Middle School. I read your book, and it taught me that Christmas is not just about getting.It's all about the spirit and giving to others who need or you love.The book inspired me to help out others in need.
As I read the book I liked how Molar made Katrina cry, and then later on he cheered her up. Just when Katrina was about to go down crying Molar helped her get right back on her feet.Also I liked when Katrina slowly to the white paper bag off her head because it added a lot of suspense to the story. After that people stopped making fun of her, and starting believing she had courage.
Since I read that book I changed, yet I started to gain courage in myself for the little things. The importance of this book is that the people should never give up, but to let people in to our life. Family is very important because thats the people thats going to help you out. Even though I have family, friendship shall always last forever to me. I would serve others by doing them a favor when they really need it.
At first I thought this book was going to be horrific, But I was wrong it was the best book I ever even head of. Next I learned never judge a book by its cover. When I gained interest in the books ending i knew that anybody who reads is going to love it.


Yours Truly
Steven

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hi, my name is Jordan. I am in Ms.Kimball's 2nd period class Language Arts class. I have really enjoyed reading your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. I think that this is one of the only books where anyone who reads it would love it, it was a very touching story.
In The Paper Bag Christmas, I have realized that the true holiday spirit is to help others, and show more respect and kindness to people. I also think that anyone who has read this book or who will read this book, that it might make them treat others more kindly, and people may help others when they need it. I really like the part in The Paper Bag Christmas, when Katrina gave her kidney away too Madhu. I thought that, that was really nice and brave of Katrina. Another part that I really liked about your book was at the very end when Moe read the note that Katrina wrote for him and it had said "All I want for Christmas is a friend." when I read that I almost stared to cry.
Anyways, I would recommend this book to everyone because this book filled my heart with joy, and I know that other people will feel the same way about The Paper Bag Christmas.
Yours truly,
Jordan

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi mr. Milne, I'm Kelvin, age 12 and a half, and I'm in mrs. Kimball's classroom (period 2). I have read one of your amazing books called The Paper Bag Christmas and I think it is one of the best books and it could change how people act on Christmas.
In the Paper Bag Christmas my 2 favorites parts were when Molar went on the gurney race against Katrina and fell and broke his arm, and I think Molar saw Katrina's face right before he landed, and my 2nd favorite part was when Molar went on stage as a angel, but he had a broken arm, paper bag, and doesn't have angel suit on, and it's really funny how the other angels have paper bags on there heads.
Since I have read this book, I have changed my way by going to be a giver and not a getter, and I have prove that by giving some money away for in the presents for my friends/family. After I have read this book, thats where I started to change and I think when others read this book they would agree with my that this will change how other people act when getting presents and being so mean not to give, and I will now treat others the way I would wanted to be treated.
I hope that when this book becomes a movie I will be one of the 1st people there, and I hope I can tell other friends/family about this amazing book because it can change how people act on Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne

Hi my name is Arvin. I'm in Mrs.Kimball's class in period 2. I love your book The Paper Bag Christmas. The Paper Bag Christmas is great!

The book was great because you could imagine the setting in your head. Another thing that was good is that you can feel the characters emotions, like if they were sad, crying, joyful, or excited. The end of the book is a lot like the end because, they were going to see Santa, or as known as Dr.Ringle.

Christmas is all about giving and not about getting. People never give any presents to people who give presents. Family, and friends is what Christmas is about. I am going to treat others well and be nice.

I would read your book again, and again. The Paper Bag Christmas was the most interesting book ever! I loved your book and I would tell everyone about it.


Yours truly,
Arvin

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Nice to speak to you. I am Mia from A.E. Wright Middle School. I am in Mrs. Kimball 2nd period class. First off what i would like to tell you is that your book is phenomenal. I think everyone in my class loved it and inspired them to know the true meaning of Christmas. Another reason I'm writing to you is to tell you that your book is probably the best book I've read and you inspired me to help out others.
Additionally, your book is a way to show children and adults that Christmas is better to give than to receive. For instance, when Doctor Ringle takes Mo and Aaron to the hospital to see all the kids in need they learn that Christmas is about giving to others. Also, when Katrina dies she gives her liver to Madhu, so he can get rid of his cancer. Another part of your book that shows that its better to give than to receive is when Dr. Ringle pays the rest of Timothy medical bill because of his brother helping out the hospital. Next, what I also liked about this book is that it had a lot of dialogue and many different characters with different accents so it made it hilarious and entertaining to read. Like Madhu has a Indian accents and a boy in my class was reading his parts and it made everyone in my class crack up and Mrs. Wimble has a southern accent so it made it funny to read too.
At this point, your book has changed me to be more kind and helpful to others. It really made me feel bad for other and try to help out as much as I can. Like one time on Christmas Eve a bunch of my family got together at my aunts house and made food packages and went to go feed the homeless. Next, the importance of your book is it trying to show the true meaning of Christmas and to teach kids to be helpful. Like Mo and Aaron didn't get toys they got to experience Christmas magic. Third, the importance of family, friendship, and serving others are well one family and friends are always there for you. Also, they try to help youout in anyways you can. As long as serving others is a good thing to do. People that you are serving they think of you as a friend and think you are trying to help them and get healthy. Lastly, the things I am going to do to serve others is I am going to tell my family we should serev the homeless people every Christmas Eve and make it a tradition in my family.
Finally, I would like to tell you it was a pleasure to write to you. I really loved your book and hope to tell more people about The Paper Bag Christmas. You really inspired me to help others. To sum up your book was the best Christmas book I have ever read and I mean that. Thank you very much Mr. Milne. Have fun in the North Pole next winter.

Yours truly,
Mia

January 09, 2013

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Darius at A.E Wright middle school.I wanted to tell you how I feel in love with The Paper Bag Christmas.
What I like in the story was that their was dialouge.My favorite character in the story was Arron because he didn't try to act like the older dominate brother.Also Jonas he was pretty much the main character.
This story changed me to be more greatful because some kids don't see their parents every day.I should be more thankful for every day of living.Also this book showed me the true meaning of Christmas because you can't see Christmas you feel it.
If I was to rate this book from 1 to 10 I give it a 9.5 it was interseting,funny,and emotional. I believe that Dr.Ringle was Santa Claus.This story is amazing!I recommend this to everyone.

Yours truly
Darius

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Cindy from Ms.Kimball's 2nd Period class. I read your book, and I thought was a great book. The Paper Bag Christmas was a wonderful book that I would love to read again and again. I realized that it really is better to give then to receive. Now knowing that I look at Christmas a different way.
I enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas. I like many things about it but my favorite part was when Mo and brother sat on Dr.Kringle, and the air spilled out of his legs! I also liked that all the characters at the end showed the true meaning of friendship.
I think book has changed me in a good and healthy way. I think it would be important for everyone to read The Paper Bag Christmas. Many people would learn a good lesson or two. No matter what age,grade,girl,or boy. I think anyone who will read this book will fall in love.
This is a perfect Christmas book for anyone to read. You reading this will having you know the true meaning of friendship in The Paper Bag Christmas. Your book was great, and it taught me a lot.

Your truly,
Cindy

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Julia and I am in Mrs. Kimball's second period class. I think that the Paper Bag Christmas is my new favorite book. It left me smiling, yet teary. It made me want to get up off my butt and make a difference in little kids lives. It made me more conscience of all that I have and how lucky I am.
My favorite part of the book was when Lynn stuck up for Katrina. i loved this part so much because it reminded me off myself and that I too would stick up for my friends. It makes me proud of who I am. Another part of the book that I liked was when Katrina gave Mudhu her liver. I liked this part because I know that it is better to give than receive, and It put a smiole on my face.
This book has really changed my life. Once a month i go through my clothes, and I get rid of some to donate to children who need them. This book made me realize that I can do so much more than I normally do. I learned that it is important to be thankful for what you have in your life and not just keep wanting more because some people don't have what we have. I have learned that I need to be more respectful to others and be more conscience of what I say.
The Paper Bag Christmas will forever be my favorite book. I promise to be aware of my actions. This book has inspired me to become a better person and not to be greedy. You have done a great job touching peoples hearts, and I hope they will change the way they act to.
Yours truly,
Julia

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Amanda H. and I am from Ms.Kimball's 2nd period class. Our teacher has given us a assignment to read the book The Paper Bag Christmas,after I finished the book. I was amazed by the idea you thought of at the end of the story, that creative and special idea made me think about, what had happen from the beginning of the story. The love, sadness, and happiness. I enjoyed reading your wonderful book.

The Paper Bag Christmas is a very different book from what i am usual reading, but this book is the most special one I've read so far. I have been reading fiction books, but this one shows something more than just fighting and romance. This book shows the love and care for the ones who need it and also family. I remembered when Timothy said to Molar that ''Christmas magic was silent.'' because Dr.Ringle just disappeared into the hall way. Christmas magic, you would have to feel the magic instead of seeing it. As the book was ending Katrina gave her liver to Madu, that shows Katrina wanted a friend all this time even if she is going to risk it, by giving him her liver. That is the most sweetest point in the story, showing you care for someone as a special friend.

When I was done with my story, the real meaning of Christmas has changed for me, its not about the awesome present its about spending time with your family and friends. As others are reading the book, they see the true theme of the story, for example; Katrina gave Madu her liver for him to go home with his family, and when they were the in the Christmas show, Katrina took of her bag and showed who she really was, no matter how you look, others will care for you. Sadly Katrina died at the end of the story.

The Paper Bag Christmas is a wonderful unique book. I say this because I admire the theme you possessed in this special story. This story kept me reading until the tragic part when Katrina death, I wish there was a Christmas miracle at the end. When Katrina died, she gave something special to Molar her white paper bag. Even though it wasn't what Molar want but it was special than any other present in the world. I love the happy ending when Molar put the bag on the top of the angel's head.


Yours truly Amanda H



Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Yuval. I am in Mrs Kimball's class period 2. My birthday is on February 2, 2000. I have two older brothers and two younger sisters, and a dog.
I liked the Paper Bag Christmas very much. It is one of my favorite and enjoyable books I have ever read. I liked The Paper Bag Christmas because it had a good moral to the story and knowing that it had a good moral made me feel that I spent my time wisely. I also liked it because the Mo would try hard to get some thing he wanted and
he would not quit, for example Mo wanted to get Katrina to preform in the play so he
raced her.
The Paper Bag Christmas made me change the way I think. Now when I see some body that needs special attention I will try to help in any way, because your book made realize how hard it is for them. Your book taught me the true meaning of Christmas and with it I would have never known it.
That is why I think The Paper Bag Christmas is a grate book.




Sincerely
Yuval




Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Yuval. I am in Mrs Kimball's class period 2. My birthday is on February 2, 2000. I have two older brothers and two younger sisters, and a dog.
I liked the Paper Bag Christmas very much. It is one of my favorite and enjoyable books I have ever read. I liked The Paper Bag Christmas because it had a good moral to the story and knowing that it had a good moral made me feel that I spent my time wisely. I also liked it because the Mo would try hard to get some thing he wanted and
he would not quit, for example Mo wanted to get Katrina to preform in the play so he
raced her.
The Paper Bag Christmas made me change the way I think. Now when I see some body that needs special attention I will try to help in any way, because your book made realize how hard it is for them. Your book taught me the true meaning of Christmas and with it I would have never known it.
That is why I think The Paper Bag Christmas is a grate book.




Sincerely
Yuval




Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Dear Mr.Miline,
My name is Jenoah from Mrs.Kimball's period 2 Language Arts class. I'm twelve years old and I read your amazing story. I thought The Paper Bag Christmas was a nice yet, depressing story.
One of the reasons I like about The Paper Bag Christmas, is that one of your characters really caught my attention, Katrina. It was really depressing that at the end of the book she had to die. One thing I thought that was really upsetting was how the kids would laugh and make fun of her because she had a paper bag over her head. Katrina was really sweet when she gave Maddhu her liver. My favorite part of all was when, Katrina had taken her paper bag off her head and showed the real her in front of everybody.
I think your book is important because you wanted to show readers that Christmas isn't all about the toys and gifts. I think it's more about your family and spending time with them, also appreciating what you do have because not all people have anything.
This book taught me not to always think Christmas is about presents. Just like Molar always thought that, then at the end of the book he changed. I wanted to tell you about what I thought about your book because it's really interesting. You should write more books about story's like this because I would probably like it, and I'm sure other people will as well.

Yours truly,
Jenoah

Anonymous said...

Dear, Mr Milne

My name is Mya and I'm 12 years old. I'm in Mrs. Kimballs period 2 class. I'm a bit of a bookworm, I love to read books. One book I really liked was The Paper Bag Christmas, it was beautiful.

One of the reasons I liked The Paper Bag Christmas is because, it has 2 people who change completely by the end of the book. The gift of kindness and love is shown through magnificent and marvelous ways.Lynn shows that it doesn't matter if your different you're still human. Our differences make us beautiful, and add character to who we are.

Now after reading your book i'm still the same, I like to help people, I love to read, I like to help people, and I love to see people smiling. My hope is people read this book and are reminded to keep the christmas spirit going all year because kindness isn't helping someone for recognition, it's giving a smile that can possibly change someone's whole day. No matter how bad the problem is i believe the sun will shine through again.

The book is beautiful and shows the true meaning of christmas.Though the ending was a little sad , i feel it was happy at the same time. i hope you enjoy my letter, and i hope it leaves you smiling

sincerely,
mya

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Sofia and I am just an ordinary gal in Ms. Chadroff's third period class. I was amazed at your novel The Paper Bag Christmas! It was incredibly flattering to read.
The main reason why I loved the Paper Bag Christmas was because it really showed me the true meaning of Christmas: giving to others. I also enjoyed reading this novel because of its phenomenal figurative language. I really felt all of the action between the characters.
I have absolutely changed after reading your book. I realized that there really are some less fortunate children out there, and time is very precious to them. Like in your book, you were explaining how the children started decorating their rooms for Christmas early. And that really touched my heart. The idea of family, friendship, and serving others took a big role in importance for the novel. I learned that friends are grand to have, a family is graceful to have, and serving others is a task you can always accomplish!
Once again, my name is Sofia and I am just an ordinary gal. The Paper Bag Christmas has literally become my favorite novel, no joke! I can't wait to read some of your other books and be amazed at how great they are. Keep up the fabulous writing!

Yours truly,
Sofia S.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Johnny; I was born and raised in southern California all my life. I have two brothers, one older and one younger. Currently, I'm in Mrs. Kimball's 2nd period class. First off I like to say that The Paper Bag Christmas is a heartwarming book that I think everyone should read.
I very much enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas for the its eye tearing scenes. The feelings I have toward this book is sympathy and happiness. I feel this way because Katrina Barlow had cancer, and in the end she made Madhu wish come true to visit his family for Christmas. She also made everyone's Christmas too. The other reason why I like The Paper Bag Christmas is because it shows the true meaning of Christmas and the way it should be spent with family, and friends. Like when Mo heard about Katrina all his family and friends rushed over to spend Christmas with Madhu and Katrina. I have changed the way I see Christmas as well as the type of things I put on my Christmas list since reading this book.
The important thing about Mr. Milne book is to show the true meaning of Christmas and the joy of giving not receiving. I learned that family, friendship, and serving others are all things that are done at Christmas time. I have changed and will start to donate to the goodwill and help out with them. I love this book and can read it over and over again and it will get better every time. I recommend this book to others to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Yours truly,
Johnny

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Joey. I have been in Ms. Chadroff's third period for two years now. I have read a lot of books with her. The Paper Bag Christmas is the best I've read. It was funny, exciting, touching, and thrilling. I definitely learned something new from this book.

I really liked that every page of the book was a different surprise. Something new and exciting. I also loved that every character was very different in their own way. But I think my favorite part was that trough thick and thin, it ended good!

Since I've read this book I really feel that I don't have to get so much stuff. If I ask for something and I don't get it, it's fine. Most kids my age don't even have half the stuff I do. Your book is very important because it teaches kids, and even adults, to be kind, unselfish, giving. It shows them feelings and love. It taught me, for the people I know that do not have as much stuff as me, or no as much money as me, to give to them.

The Paper Bag Christmas made me smile and made me cry. When Katrina passed away, it was super sad, but she made another kid happy, which is really nice. Like the book to me, Katrina made everybody smile, and everybody cry.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Nicole and I attend A.E. Wright Middle School in Ms. Chadroff's third period English Language Arts class. In our class while reading your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, we have learned a lot about worldly and rich-in-spirited ideas about Christmas and all other holidays.

A few reasons why I enjoyed your book are that it gave me an entirely new perspective of the real purpose of Christmas. Whether if be what Dr. Ringle had offered Molar and Aaron to do in order to receive the best gift ever, or the outstanding act Katrina had made putting her paper bag at the foot of the baby Jesus doll. Everything that had occurred in this book has truly moved me and many others, especially near the end of the book when Katrina had donated her liver to Madhu so he could be with his family for the holidays.

Since reading this book, I have changed a lot in the way I act towards people and really do try to help out as much as possible. Your book has showed me that being kind to others can really make a difference, and enlighten you more than it would be just receiving a gift. I think your book showed that the most at the Christmas pageant when Madhu had no physical object to give to baby Jesus, but instead his love and support.

Your book inspired others to be humble and kind, and altogether just grateful for all of the things they have in life. Your book will always come to mind when I help others.

Sincerely,
Nicole L.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello! My name is Sam, I am a student in Ms. Chadroff's third period class. Lately we have read the Paperbag Christmas. I have tried to no avail to form words to describe my love for this book. It is heart touching and inspiring, to say the least.

One of many reasons I love this book, is how realistically the characters and development are. In some of the literature I have read, characters meet and are suddenly and oddly attached to one another. It never fails to make me laugh how fast relationships develop in books, verses how slowly they develop in real life. No where between the first meeting and the next two minutes is there room to suddenly be best friends. I feel Katrina and Molar's relationship was free of this popular cliche. Another thing that brought me to the adoration of this book was how it brought up many valid points we so often look over. Such as how overtime, we seem to have forgotten the meaning of the holidays. Where as they used to be a celebration of religion and a show of gratitude, they have slowly developed to be just people thinking about gifts. I feel this book opened up that subject a bit more.

After reading this book, I was more prepared to celebrate the holidays. Which, sadly, passed by so fast! I feel that this book can improve the holidays and peoples mindset in that time.

Thank you very much for reading my essay, I hope your holidays were great! We have some new holiday traditions due to the reading of this book.

Sincerely,
Sam B.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Thinura and I loved your book. I am in Ms. Chadroff's class in period three. Your book made me laugh at some points and it also made me cry. The characters were amazing and Aaron and Molar were really cool. It was really weird when Aaron and Molar realized that Santa had no legs.

There are many reasons why I like The Paper Bag Christmas. Your book was so good I could not stop reading it. your book had a lot of vivid details and I could see everything you wrote.

Your book changed me a lot. At first I thought Christmas was all about the presents, but now I know that Christmas is about being kind to others. I am going to serve others by giving people things they don't have. Your book helped me know the importance of your family and your friendship.

Your book is amazing and it made me laugh and cry sometimes. I can't wait until I read another one of your books. I could not stop reading your book.At first I thought Christmas was all about presents, but now I know it is about giving to others. I hope you could make another book like this.

Your truly,
Thinura N.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, my name is Kianah and I am in Ms. Chadroff's third period, English Language Arts class. I loved reading The Paper Bag Christmas. I thought that the book really taught me the true meaning of Christmas.

I really enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas because it was really interesting and addicting. Once I started reading I didn't want to stop. It also taught me a few things along the way. It taught me that you should not be greedy, but instead give to others. Like when Molar asked for so many things to fill his paper up to give to Santa Claus. Another thing I learned is that the biggest and best gift to give is love. For example, when Madhu needed to think of a gift to give baby Jesus, he gave him the gift of love.

I believe that this book has a very big amount of importance. This book not only teaches kids about not being greedy, but it teaches them more. It teaches them to give to others. Like kids who are sick, and kids who don't have the money to buy gifts. It also teaches kids to be a friend. It teaches them that even if someone is sick, starts mean, or even looks different that you should still be nice. It also teaches adults and parents to stop giving their kids everything they want, but show them how to share. Parents could take their children to a homeless shelter or something to show them how to give.

I really enjoyed reading your book. I loved it. It was the best Christmas novel I have ever read. I am really looking forward to reading your book again and I am sure you are too.

Sincerly,
Kianah H.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne

Hello I am Sean in Ms.Chadroff's 3rd period class from A.E Wright Middle School. I am a huge fan of your work. The Paper Bag Christmas has inspired me do good. After reading your book I was inspired to go to a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles. Now every other Sunday I go to that homeless shelter, and bring food the the men and women in the home.

One of the many reasons I loved your book is because so many people don't teat Christmas as a holiday for giving they think of it as a holiday for receiving. Most children do not know "the real meaning of Christmas". Another reason liked your book is that people think they need the best and new things, but the best gift of all is the gift of giving. I remember one time I really wanted a guitar, but I could not get it. That was one of the weeks I feed the homeless, and after doing that I felt much happier. That was one of the first times a realized that the best gift of all was giving.

After reading your book I have gone to the homeless shelter more than I use to. I have also been thing about how I can be a better person. I feels it is very important to take care of your family and friends like Molar. Sometimes you can be angry or upset at your family you will always love them, and they will love you back

Mr.Milne you wrote one of my favorite books I have ever read. I can't what to read one of your other book

Yours truly,
Sean K.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne


My name is Ian. I am in Ms.Chadroff's 3rd period class. The Paper Bag Christmas is a great book that taught me a lot about Christmas.

The Paper Bag Christmas taught me the true meaning of Christmas. It taught me that Christmas is not just about presents. Another thing I learned was if someone is ill or sick help them feel better or take care of them. It's good to do so because if you take care of them then you might make a new friend and you will feel good about what you did. I learned quite a few other thing, but I think these overall were pretty important to me.

After reading this book I have learned that some people are not as lucky as others. What I mean by that is there are people in the world that do not get great gifts and nice dinners. I think it was really good that you chose to write this book because it teaches you great lessons. It is very important to know the true meaning of Christmas. This was a book that went through many different emotions, the story went through a great sequence, and last the book had many great vivid details like the gurney race it felt like I was Molar on the gurney.

This book taught me the most important giving. The giving that makes you feel good. The giving of friendship

Sincerely,
Ian O.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Cjoe and I am in Ms.Chadroff's third period class. The Paper Bag Christmas is a wonderful book that has the right amount of comedy, drama, and sadness. Those three categories make the book just absolutely amazing. The book was a great read. I think a sequel would be great.

In The Paper Bag Christmas I loved the way you made the book come to life with the dialogue. In every chapter there was dialogue which made the book so real you can imagine it in your mind. Imagery was another one of my favorite things that you did in The Paper Bag Christmas. The imagery made the book really good. With imagery you could picture everything in the book.

Your book is important because it teaches kids the true meaning Christmas. If you do not read this book or a book like this kids will think Christmas is all about the presents, and not understand the true meaning of Christmas and its spirit. Serving family,friends, and others is important because it means that a person is rich in spirit and that we care for others and not just ourselves. People can do this by helping others by giving donations to the less fortunate. Also by cheering people up who have no hope. Like going to a hospital and donating time and things needed for the sick. Especially the children because it would mean so much to them.

Would you ever do anything that is rich in spirit? The Paper Bag Christmas was a really amazing book. Will there ever be a sequel about Christmas with your kids, will your kids do what you and your brother did when you were kids? The Paper Bag Christmas will make people want to be rich in spirit.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

To me, Christmas is about family and sharing moments together, although my brother disagrees. After reading your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, I was greatly reminded of the definition of the holy evening.

I came up with a plan. (A rather good one if I do say so myself.) Considering how greedy my brother is, I will pay him to read your book. Then he shall finally realize that he should be spending time with his family during our Family Gathering instead of resting in his room until we open gifts. After he finishes The Paper Bag Christmas I can only hope he will forget about the money.

I'm looking forward to that day, as are my parents, and maybe even you. But all devious plans aside your book doesn't just express Christmas, it also teaches friendship, and how friends should treat each other.

Mr. Milne, The Paper Bag Christmas is by far the most extraordinary, inspiring, festive book I have ever read. If you've never come up with such a marvelous story, in time I would have easily forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

Sincerely,
Connor T.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Madison and I go to A.E. Wright Middle School. Recently, I read your book,The Paper Bag Christmas, in my 3rd period class with my teacher, Ms. Chadroff. Your book really inspired me not to be greedy and show kindness, and gratitude during the holidays. Here are some of my thoughts about your book.

I think your book was a great example for kids my age and younger to learn about the true meaning of Christmas. For example, in the book Molar and Aaron help at the children's hospital which was really great. This book also shows great friendship throughout the story. It was very touching to me.

Last Christmas, in 2012, I act very different about the holiday and how you should celebrate it. The importance of this book is being rich in spirit and giving to others, other than yourself. I just think that this book will really change your thoughts about the holidays. It is always important to serve others. For example, in the military, it is very important because they keep our country safe. They play a big role in our nation and more people need to thank them for that.

As I said before, this book has influenced me and hopefully everybody else who has read this book. It was such a great experience
for me. I just loved this book and all the characters in it. Your book has changed me, so I thank you, Mr. Milne. Like what Charles Dickens said, "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and I will try to keep it all the year".

Yours truly,
Madison K.



Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Danielle, I am in Ms. Chadroff's third period class, and I'm proud to say that I read your novel, The Paper Bag Christmas, and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed your novel, because it really explained the true meaning of Christmas, and because it was very unique. Your novel has really touched my heart and I hope others as well.
I really was fascinated by The Paper Bag Christmas, because it really defines the true meaning of Christmas. And it reminds you to appreciate the family and love you have around yourself. For instance, when Dr. Ringle arrives back at the hospital he tells Molar and Aaron if they still would like the toys they had wished for, for Christmas, but from what they have learned and cherished during their arrivement from the hospital, they realize that Christmas is not just about receiving gifts. Another example, to why I really enjoyed this novel, is when Molar learns that Katrina doesn't have a family at all ever since her grandfather passed away, so Molar is suddenly thankful for his family.
The Paper Bag Christmas is very important for children to read, because in this generation they don't realize that receiving presents on Christmas day is not the meaning of the holiday. This novel is also important for children to read, because it makes us come out of our box and help those who are in need of help. I think this novel has really changed me, because it made me realize that I'm not the only one in the world and that I should help others. Reading this novel made me acknowledge my family that is always there for me.
In my opinion, The Paper Bag Christmas is not only a not only a book that entertains you, it makes you acknowledge the love and support from others. This novel has touched my heart, and I'm sure others as well. If I ever consider writing a novel, I hope it comes out as great as this novel.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Sydney and I'm in Mrs.Kimball's Second period. I like helping others just like Molar. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful novel in class. This Book made me understand the true meaning of the holidays.
My favorite thing about The Paper Bag Christmas is the friendships between Mo,Kat,and Muddhu. This bond between them reminds me of the bond I have with my close friends. This book made me exited to celebrate Christmas, my favorite holiday, but in a new way. When I was little I thought the most important aspect of Christmas was the gifts, decorations,and Santa Claus! This book expressed that even though Molar made a list of everything he wanted,his favorite gift wasn't on it.His gift was two great friends Muddhu and Kat.
This novel has helped me understand the true meaning of the holidays because it shows how great friends and family is to us. It also shows how much a friendship can grow in only a few weeks. The importance in your book Mr. Milne is you shouldn't judge someone before you meet him or her because you don't know what there going through. The importance of family,friends and serving people is being a wonderful person. Your also making others feel better. I will serve others by volunteering in my community.
Mr.Milne Your book inspired me to help others and make them feel good. It seems hard to write a book,and you did a great job! This would be a book I would tell my friends about. I would read this book agian. Thank You.




Yours truly,
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello my name is Max and I am 13 years old and am from MS Chadroff's 3rd period language arts class. I have so much to ask you about the book Paper Bag Christmas. When Katrina met molar for the first time they didn't have such a good friendship like I thought they were gonna have. I thought when they met they were gonna be really close.

Katrina didn't seem happy when she had visitors at her door. That night Molar met a kid that wanted the same Christmas present as him. After that chapter was over all I wanted to do is just take the book home and just read it over from chapter one to the end.

The book Paper Bag Christmas helped me see the real reason why they called it Christmas. When heard the word joy in the book inside me felt like I wanted to be a character from the book. I love this book a whole lot and im wondering if you can make a number two of this book. You are my favorite author of all time!

Yours truly,
Max C.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hello my name is Ryan I am in Ms.Kimballs second period class at AE.Wright middle school, and I am 13 and have a younger sister that is 9. Today I am going to tell you what I thought of your book.
This left me crying on the inside while smiling at the same time. For instance when Katrina died I was so sad, but happy for Mudhu because he could go home with his family. One more reason is we saw Katrinas christmas list all she wanted for christmas was a friend, and she got one. This is such a touching story.
This book does so much right one of the reasons is that it captures the true meaning of the holidays. Like when Molar understands it is better to give then to get. He also sees that Mr.Ringle might be santa clause.
This book teaches some great lessons like friendship. You can always find new friends no matter who they might be. One more lesson is to never give up on yourself because you will never know what you can accomplish. I saw this when molar got Katrina to join the christmas pageant. This book teaches many lessons but these are my favorite.
This Paper Bag Christmas is one of my favorites book of all time I would rate it a 10 out of 10. I look forward to reading more of your books the next book of yours I will read is The Final Note. I love this book and will read it many times more.

Yours truly,
Ryan

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne

I am sheila.I am a student at A E Wright in Mrs.Chadroffs class,period three.I really liked your book, The Paper Bag Christmas.The book was so touching and thoughtful, but a little sad too.The book made me me sort of cry at the end.
I really liked how the book taught me the real meaning of Christmas.Instead of asking for presents I am going to give to those in need.I also learned that I should not be selfish with my presents and take advantage of Christmas only because its a present giving holiday.Like Molar and Aaron asked for so many presents when they went to visit Santa Clause at the mall.
I have changed since reading this book because I told my dad I did not want anything for Christmas,and my dad insisted that he would at least give me money to spend on whatever I wanted.I told my dad I did not need anything,but said thank you.Then an idea came to me I would donate the money my dad will give me to the kids that have cancer like Katrina from the book.And every year I am going to saving money to donate to the kids in hospitals. The importance of family,friendship,and serving others is that when your serving others your doing it because you care and have the desire to help.I mean,I think people should help others because they actually care not just for impression or to make someone proud,but because they have the desire to help others from the bottom of their hearts.And importance of family and friendship is that their always there to help me and each other.
Well,I am really glad I read your book.It really taught me a lesson,and hopefully for the other students in seventh grade that read the book too.I am looking forward to reading other books you have written.I will also be telling my younger siblings about the book and to friends that have not read it yet.

Yours truly,
Sheila L.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne

My name is Thisura. I love your book. I am in Ms. Chadroff's third period class. The characters in your book are very cool. Aaron and Molar are very kind. At first I thought that Katerina was a bit mean in the begging of the book but, later on in the book she gets nicer.The Paper Bag Christmas out of a ten would be a nine.

I really enjoyed your book.There are many reason why I like this book and one reason is because of the vivid detail. The vivid detail really help me see what I was reading. Like when Molar and Arron came to the hospital i could see all the lights in the hallway and the decorations on Dr. Ringles sleigh(wheelchair). Another reason why I like this book is because of the comedy.Like when Madhu tried getting the part of the fourth Wise Men. Ms. Wimble got so mad at Madhu and, Madhu gave such a good speech I almost cried during the pageant.

I have changed alot after reading your novel. If I have old shoes I donated to the less fortunate. The importance of this book is to not judge a person by how they look. From your book I learned to serve others if they need help.

This book is amazing. I can't wait to read another novel by you. When my class was reading your book I wanted to keep reading because the vivid details were so good. After reading your book I realized that Christmas was not all about presents. I hope every one who read this book likes it as much as I did.

Yours truly,
Thisura N.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

in Ms. Chadroff's 3rd period English class there are a lot of people including me, Noa. Even as only hearing about your books I wish that there was a sequel to the Paper Bag Christmas about how Madou lived on. How Mo and Aaron life's changed all because of Katrina. Or go back and tell the story from Katrina's point of view.

in my opinion I think that you wrote this book as a way of telling what Christmas spirit is all about. Like when Katrina was kind enough to give her liver to Madou. Also, when Dr. Ringle gave the one thing that Mo and Aaron did not want for Christmas. Then, Timothy thought that even though other people thoght that Santa dose not he has his own ideas about who Santa could be.

To me i think that Katrina has been a real angle from Heaven. I also think that Molar will never forget about this one of a kind friend, of his that he will miss for the rest of his life and beyond. When you think about the part that Katrina got in the play is perfect for what she is in Haven. There is always then possibility that she could be one of the God of Past, the God of Present, or the God of the Future. If it were up to me yo decide it would have to be the God of the Past.

These are just some of the things that I like about your book, the Paper Bag Christmas. i do wounder one thing about your book if this story is real, and if it is are they still alive? If they are how did you find out about it this story. how did you know that this is the job that you wanted to do rather then a lawyer or a doctor?
Yours truly,
Noa

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Christopher and I'm a student in Ms.Chadroff's period 3 class. I think your book is great because it captures the true meaning of Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is not just receiving presents, but also helping others in need. It also gives you the Christmas spirit. Your book gave me a lot of joy in seeing how Molar helped out others.

I love the Paper Bag Christmas because it tells you everything about the holidays. Your book tells you not only about receiving gifts, but also having miracles. I was surprised that Madhu got a new liver from Katina. I was also glad that someone wanted to give up their part as Mary in the pageant for Katrina. But I was sad when Katrina died.

I'm glad to have a loving family, especially my cousin who is like a brother to me. So, I want them to have a special Christmas because they mean so much to me. When Molar helped out his new friends at the hospital, I felt a new type of feeling. When Molar and Aaron agreed to be elves, it showed that they cared for others. If a person has no one to look up to, then he/she feels sad or lonely. I changed after reading the Paper Bag Christmas by having a new respect for my family by treating them the way I want to be treated.

Christmas should be a time to enjoy friends and family. Your book made me feel proud to be healthy, having a great family, and going to a great school. It makes me feel glad to help someone in need. It was wonderful to see that the hospital had people who cared, such as having a Christmas pageant with all the patients. As you can see, I appreciate Molar and Aaron,s work.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

The Paper Bag Christmas was truly inspiring. My name is Tyler and I am in Ms. Chadroff's 3rd period class. I was so glade that we all of 7th grade read your book. It not only made me realize to be thankful but how to understand the meaning of the expression not to judge a book by its cover

One of the big reasons I like this book is because it had a lot of humor in it. For example, the part in the Paper Bag Christmas when Madhu outsmarted Nurse Wimble about the Three Wise Men. I found that funny because she actually listened to him instead of saying something mean. I also liked how you made Molar sound and act like a real kid would. What I mean by that is Molar found Katrina a little weird when he first saw her wearing the white paper bag. Everybody would question why a little girl would wear a bag over her head. I liked the fact that Molar had to learn how to get past that white paper bag and find that Katrina was a good person. You made it clear that kids do judge people by the way they look, but you just have to learn that looks aren't that important. You didn't make Molar perfect, you made him an everyday kid.

The Paper Bag Christmas changed me and probably other kids in my grade. This book made me want to help people who are sick or a kid who is just in need of a friend. Like the way Molar did with Katrina. The Paper Bag Christmas also reminded me of the importance of friendship. I realized that friends are like family. You help them like you would with family and you love them like their your family. Molar helped Katrina and you could tell he loved her like family. Molar showed me that he loved Katrina because when Katrina died and when he grew up, he put that crumbled up paper bag on the top of his Christmas tree every year.

This book teaches us so many things. In my case, it taught me how to finally understand how to not judge a book by its cover , how to be thankful, and the value of friendship. The Paper Bag Christmas is an amazing book and I would recommend it to all ages. I will definitely be ready other books by you in the future. Although I have never heard of such a thing, but I wouldn't mind having an unordinary Christmas like Molar and Aaron did.

Yours truly,
Tyler W

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Sonny and I'm in Ms. Chadroff's 3rd period class. I really enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas because I think that it showed the true meaning of Christmas. Which to me is more about giving than receiving. I think that it's great because it opens your eyes and pretty much makes you realize that there are some people that are not very fortunate and may have to spend Christmas in a hospital because they are very sick. Although I do imagine that it's not terrible spending Christmas in a hospital because I'm sure that the staff are very supportive and friendly towards the children in there.

One thing i liked about The Paper Bag Christmas is that to me it was inspiring in ways that not many things can do. One example is that Katrina takes off her paper bag in front of the whole auditorium to show everyone the real Katrina not "the paper bag girl", but just plain Katrina an eight year-old girl. Another thing that I'm sure many people as well as me liked was how detailed the story was and how it made you feel like you were there. Especially when Molar and Katrina were doing the gurney races, the detail made you feel like you are Molar riding on the gurney. That detail probably made it my favorite part of the book.

The importance of this book is very high because this actually happens to real people, like my brother has recently been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma, which apparently 1 in 1,000,000 children get. Also people going through things like my parents and I need books to relate to or else you might feel lonely in a way, so this is a great example of a book that my family could relate to. After reading this book I am going to serve others differently especially my brother for a while in ways like helping out my family more like doing things that I know are small but can make at least a small difference. For example I could do more chores and help my mom cook every now and then. I could also even ask my mom to take me around to some other rooms at the hospital and I could ask the nurses if they need any help with anything or I could just simply play with the patient and I could probably even make a new friend!

Anyway the moral of this letter is to tell you how grateful I am that you wrote this book, and that I got to read it. This book is actually helping me through what is happening in my life, so thank you. Maybe one day I could write inspiring books like you one day like you! That would be fulfilling to know that I'm helping people get through rough times.

Sincerely,
Sonny R.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

You're a terrific author. Paper Bag Christmas was a great book. I fell in love with the book starting with the first chapter. It seemed like a book I would really like. It turns out I do! My name is Laura. I'm attending the school A.E.Wright middle school and I am in Ms. Chadroff's 3rd period L.A class.

I think you wrote this book to show kids to respect what people give you even though it might not be what you wanted. for example, when Dr. Ringle saw that Molar wrote down a lot of toys he said to Molar that he should write down one toy that he likes the most. I also think that you wrote this book to show kids that they shouldn't make fun of people by what they look like. They might actually be a lot like you. For example, in the play of The Three Wise Men, one of the girls playing an angel made fun of Katrina for having a paper bag on her head. At the end they become good friends.

What made this book a great book is because from all of the detail. I could see what you wrote as if it was a movie. For example, when you were explaining how Katrina looked like, I could see what she looked like. This book was definitely worth writing. I have changed a little bit after reading this book. I felt more free from thinking how Katrina has to stay in the children hospital for the rest of her life. I also think of what I do in my spare time. Instead of sitting down doing nothing I get up and do something useful with my time.

I am writing this letter to show that I care about your work of being an author. Your writing shows that you care about peoples entertainment. The book Paper Bag Christmas is a wonderful book. It is one of the best books i have ever read. It made me laugh and it made me cry. I wouldn't change one word of this book.

Yours truly,
Laura s.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Tate and I am a seventh grader in Ms. Chadroff's class at AEWright Middle School. I really enjoyed reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas. It was very entertaining to read your book in my language arts class with my teacher and classmates. I haven't read any of your other books, but I would like to.

I liked The Paper Bag Christmas because it showed me the true spirit of Christmas through friendship, thought, and hope. Molar and Aaron help the kids gain hope. The characters were helping each other in unimaginable ways. Before Katrina dies she tells Mr. Ringle to give her liver to Madhu. I liked your book so much that I wanted to read it in one day but unfortunately my teacher said otherwise. My classmates and I all wanted to finish the book faster than we did, but our teacher concluded with the unfortunate statement of saying we could not read ahead.

Your book showed people that you need to be thoughtful to the poor and the sick. I learned that there are more people in need of food and suplies than I thought. So since I finished your book I have been making more donations lately. I think most of my classmates have learned the same thing. Your book is helping others become better people.

The Paper Bag Christmas is a fantastic book. It is encouraging anyone who reads it to lead a better life. it shows the true spirit of Christmas and will make poor and sick people's coming holidays better.
Sincerely,
Tate

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Justin and Iam in Ms. Chadroff's class third period. I admire your book The Paper Bag Christmas. I think that The Paper Bag Christmas Succeeds in teaching everyone about the true meaning of Christmas. It shows that Christmas is not just about how many presents you get under the tree. It also demonstrates the important of friends and family.

The reason why I like The Paper Bag Christmas is because it is one of the only Christmas novels out there that both kids and adults can relate to. For example, we have all experienced a time where we had a good friend go away or pass like the time Katrina passed and Molar Missed seeing her. We also can relate to a time where you did not want to go to a certain place, but after being there for a while, you wish you could stay there until the end of the world. A good example of this is when Molar did not want to leave the hospital after getting to know Katrina and Madhu. The second reason why I admired The Paper Bag Christmas is because it teaches you about friendship and how friends will always be there for you when you need them. In The Paper Bag Christmas, Molar was friends with Madhu, and when Katrina died, he discovered that time spent with friends was more important then sitting at home doing nothing. The third reason why I loved The Paper Bag Christmas was that I could not guess what would happen next in the novel. An example of how it was unpredictable was when Timothy and Molar found reindeer poop in Dr. Ringle's Office. Another way that this novel was unguessable is when Katrina takes off her paper bag at the Christmas pageant.

The Paper Bag Christmas has affected me in many ways. One way I changed since reading your book is to be appreciative of what I have and all the friends I have. I also have learned to be more respectful to kids that are not so lucky aas I am. If people read your book then they would understand why you wrote this book and how it explain the "True Christmas Spirit". I think the message you are trying to give to the reader is the "True Meaning of Christmas" really is and that family and friends are more important than toys or presents that you may get.

There are many things that kids want these days.-iPhones, computers, Legos and the list just keeps growing. Is this what Christmas is all about? Well for some kids, yes, but it should be more about the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is a time when we come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Unfortunately, Christmas has just turned into a contest to see how many presents you get. That is why I think you wrote this book. It is a reminder to people about what Christmas is about how doing someone a favor is like doing your self a favor. If more people could read this book then they would know the "True" meaning of Christmas while laughing and giggling at the end.


Sincerely,

Justin M.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello my name is Corbin I am a student in Ms. Chadroff's class. I recently finished reading your story "The Paper Bag Christmas." I loved your exciting adventeorus heart- sinking story.

Your descriptions of the children in the hospital were heart breaking. It described their horrible fate in such a way it felt like I When katrina takes off her bag and you see the tumor that will eventualy kill her. it made me realize how lucky I am! I also enjoyed the way you described the real meaning of Christmas,Its not all about lights or, presents, its about joy, love and, family through Molars relationship with Katrina she gets the one thing she truly wanted for Christmas, a friend

I think your book is extremely important in understanding the life of terminally-ill children. It tells us some kids live with so much pain and how hard it is especialy during the Christmas season. It made me realize how fortunate i am just to be healthy and enjoy christmas with me family at home. You also stress the importance of serving others through the character Mo, and how he takes his time to cheer up the children in the children in the hospital. It inspires me to go and help people in every way i can.

Your tragic, but uplifting story made me appreciate this Christmas in a whole new way. You helped me see that the time i have with my family is the real gift. but I want to know what happened to Dr. Christopher k. Ringle?

Sincerly,

Corbin J

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Jackson. I am 12 years old, and i am in seventh grade in Ms. Chadroff's 3rd period class. I really enjoyed reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas.

I liked your book because it really helped to show how, like Katrina, you can't judge a book by it's cover. I also liked how you tried to prove to the reader that the best gift is to give, which both Molar and Aaron learned by the end of the story.

I think that your book is important because it helps to teach the reader that they should be appreciative for what they have because other people have much less than them, weather it's time to live or friendship. After reading this book, I think that you should treat your friends, family, and really anyone in general as if it were the last time that you were going to see them.

I really did gain a lot from your book and I think that you did a great job writing it. I look forword to reading the rest of your books.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hello, my name is Kayvon and I am a seventh grader at AE Wright Middle School. I really enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas in class because of the main messages that you conveyed of friendship and caring for the less fortunate.
I am in Mrs. Kimball 4th period English class. I really liked how you showed the importance of friendship through Mo and Katrina. Even though Mo doesn’t like the idea of racing Katrina on a gurney, but he does, so that she can be in the holiday performance. I think it was just great how Mo broke an arm, so that he could beat Katrina, which meant she would have to be in the holiday performance. I really liked it because Mo broke his arm to be a good friend and to know that Katrina wouldn’t be left out anymore. I also really liked how Katrina became unselfish. When she became really sick and she wasn’t going to make it another day, she decided to give Madhu her left kidney, so that he could live. I really like that because she knew she was going to die and didn’t want another person to die especially since she could make him live and that they were good friends.
I have changed a lot in one specific way, which is what I asked for Christmas. I didn’t ask for everything I wanted, but I asked for a few things. When Christmas morning came and I didn’t get everything I asked for I did not get upset, but I was happy that I at least I got some things. I really liked that I am do not want everything anymore because I have learning that some kids just want to live for another year. I am going to continue to serve others like Mo and Aaron did. I live near this one old man and he always falls, so they call me and I pick him up and help him. I actually really enjoy helping out older people because of my grandfather that died over the summer. He used to fall when he had Alzheimer’s and then I would visit him in an elderly home. My grandfather and Mr. Milne are the reasons why I always help people.
I really enjoyed reading this mind-changing, fantastic novel written by Mr. Milne. Life is not all about you and presents, but to help out the less fortunate and to see the smile appear on their face.

Yours truly,

Kayvon

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
I'm Eric a student at A.E.Wright. I'm in Ms.Kimball's class period four. My class has been reading your wonderful Christmas book The Paper Bag Christmas. The Paper Bag Christmas taught every student the true meaning of Christmas; that friendship is the only present worth giving.
The Paper Bag Christmas has moved me in several ways. I liked how the story took place in a children's hospital with all the patients having severe disabilities. This reminded me how lucky I am to have no severe disabilities keeping me from being home on Christmas,and knowing that this might be my last Christmas. Also, I love how you made Moe be nice to all the little girls and boys This made my heart swell with happiness.
This book is very important. The Paper Bag Christmas made my class learn that presents aren't all what Christmas is about. Christmas is about he joy of giving, not receiving, and friendship and family is what the holidays are about. Also, it is very important that we learned that we should help others that are in need of help, because it is the right thing to do.
The Paper Bag Christmas has changed every one of the students at A.E.Wright. All of us now know the true meaning of Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, my name is Felicity, and I am in Ms. Kimball's class, Period 4. I think that The Paper Bag Christmas definitely changed a lot of people's minds about the true meaning of Christmas. I think that it was a great book, I felt like I was there with Molar, Katrina, and other characters, and it is probably the most touching book I have read by far.
I loved The Paper Bag Christmas in so many ways including the vivid descriptions and that it reminds everybody about the importance of friendship, family, and helping others. I thought that the vivid descriptions let the reader touch, feel, and hear exactly what was going on in the book. I even felt like I was in a movie while reading it, especially when Molar and Katrina were racing down the hill on the hospital gurneys. Another reason I loved The Paper Bag Christmas was how it reminded the reader about the importance of friendship and helping others. One example was when Molar showed Katrina that it doesn't matter what you look like, so she took off the paper bag and called Molar a good friend.
While reading The Paper Bag Christmas, I learned that CHristmas or any other holiday is not about the presents; it is about family and giving to others who need it the most. It reminded me of the true meaning of Christmas. I loved how Madhu gave the gift of friendship and love to baby Jesus at the Christmas pageant. The book has taught me to serve others in need, and to help them feel the real joy that everybody should feel during the holidays.
The Paper Bag Christmas has taught all that the true meaning of Christmas isn't just about the presents; it is about feeling the Christmas spirit with family and friends. It was a very good book, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story who will touch his or her heart. I am so glad I read this touching story and I know that during the holidays, I will try to teach others about the true meaning of Christmas. Now I understand how there are other people in the world who do not feel the joy I do, so I will try my hardest to make them feel that wonderful joy I have.

Yours truly,
Felicity

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Miline,
My name is Aidan Goldenson. I am in Mrs. Kimball's class in period 4. Your book, The Paper Bag Christmas was phenomenal. It really taught me a true lesson. I now want to read all of your other books because I think you are a great author. This was one of my favorite books.
What I liked in the book is how Mo made a special connection with Katrina. Another one is it taught a special lesson, which is you should be grateful for what you can give to others. Finally, my favorite part was when Mo made all the angels in the play wear paper bags so it wouldn't make Katrina feel like she is standing out. It was the most nicest action someone could ever do.
I have changed after reading this because I feel like I should go out and help people, That is what Mo taught me. The book is important because not only did it change my actions, but probably everyone else's too. It also says that your family and friends are always there for you, no matter what. If you are feeling down or blue, they will lure you to your happiness. This is also how I will serve others, because I will do the same back to the, as well as society. my goal is to put everybody in an upbeat mood. I swear that I will be a better person.
The book was incredible. The chapters just get better and better. There really was nothing wrong with it. I learned the true meaning of the holidays. You really should make a second book. Merry Christmas Mr. Miline!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Ariana and I loved The Paper Bag Christmas! The book was very heart warming and taught me a lot. My grandmother presently has cancer so I most likely enjoyed your book more than the average twelve year old. I do decorate Christmas trees and give and receive presents for Christmas, but I technically don't celebrate the holiday. I respect your writing skills very much. The Paper Bag Christmas was a spectacular book.
One reason I loved your book is that you taught all of your readers the true meaning of Christmas. I feel that people in the world today have lost sight of why Christmas is celebrated. You showed us that Christmas isn't about finding thousands of presents under the Christmas tree. Christmas is about serving others. Another reason why I appreciated your outstanding novel is that it showed that you should never give up. In The Paper Bag Christmas, Mo helped many children dying from various diseases learn to never stop fighting.
Since I read The Paper Bag Christmas, I have changed in many ways. Being more mature mentally, I now don't expect dozens of perfectly wrapped presents waiting to be unwrapped beneath the sparkling Christmas tree. I really don't expect anything! Now that I am more mature mentally, I can focus more on helping others than the amount of presents I get. I would also like to bring up the importance of family, friendship, and serving others. Without those things, there would be no importance in life. Unfortunately, many people have yet to understand that is you weren't to help others and appreciate family and friends you would never have a truly happy life.
The Paper Bag Christmas was a very inspirational book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Christmas isn't jut a holiday. People celebrate Christmas to honor the birth of Jesus Christ. It was once said by a great author that Christmas Magic is silent. You don't hear it-you feel it, you know it, you believe it. You Mr. Milne were that great author.

Yours truly,
Ariana

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Adam and I am in Mrs. Kimball's 4th period class. I thoroughly enjoyed your novel The Paper Bag Christmas, a story of family, kinship, and the true meaning of Christmas. This novel teaches people to instead of look at what is wrong with the world, but focus on what is truly good about it.
One reason I enjoyed the Paper Bag Christmas was that it teaches about being hopeful and happy even when the situation is grim. For example when Madhu who needs a new kidney is still very optimistic about his condition. Another reason is because it reveals the true spirit of Christmas. This is shown when Katrina donates her kidney to Madhu and pays Frank's younger brother's medical bill with her trust fund.
The importance of your novel is to forget about the material gifts of Christmas and focus more on the true gifts of Christmas like love, compassion, and family. I think more people should realize Christmas is not all about presents. I have changed after reading this novel by becoming more caring about others, and by being more in touch with my loved ones. This book has shown me that the only gifts we need is love and friendship.
This book has largely impacted my life. It teaches a lesson that everyone could benefit from. In the end Christmas is not about presents but family.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Greetings Mr. Milne, my name is Sam. I am a student in Ms. Kimball's Period 4 class at A.E. Wright Middle School. In English Language Arts Class, we read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. The book was well written and I liked how you wrote the story by incorporating children with cancer and what Christmas can mean to them. It was a very touching story and I hope that everyone who reads it will find the message in in it and learn from reading this book.
I liked the Paper Bag Christmas and thought it was a good read. One factor that made this book good was the lesson behind it. I thought that this lesson was a good way to teach people that Christmas is more about giving than it is about receiving. I liked how you could show the spirit through characters and their unique personalities. I also thought that the story had a nice ending. I was happy to find out that Madhu had become a doctor at the children's hospital. Also, I notice how, at the ending, when Mo and his kids started to argue over going to the mall to see Santa, it was almost exactly like the beginning of the story.
I think that this book is very important and everyone should read it. It shows how true friendship can go on forever and that giving is better than receiving. Family, friendship, and serving others are very important elements in this book and in life. Your family and friends will always be there when you need them most and they can give you comfort. Serving others helps the world. If everybody contributed by helping each other, the world would be a much better place.
Overall, I think that this book teaches a good lesson to all kinds of people, all over the world. I think that the children's hospital was a good place to base the story because you could see how children who have certain cancers and other diseases see Christmas and what they feel about their lives. Every year I donate to a charity for Christmas because I have found that you aiding others in their lives is a great think to do and it will make you feel good to help them. I hope that everyone who reads this book learns the lesson in it and will strive to help others, hence improving the world as a whole.

Anonymous said...



Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Sarah and I'm in Mrs. Kimball's 4th period class. Your book, The Paper Bag Christmas has really changed the way I see the Holidays.
In the book, I thought that at the beginning Dr. Ringle was eventually going to give Mo and Arron a gift. It suprised me that he didn't. Also, I though that when Mo found out what Katrina wrote on her red piece of paper, it really gave him joy that she got what she wanted for christmas. It also amazed me when we found out that Katrina donated her liver so that Madu could get better.
This book made me change my view about how the holidays are not just about receiving gifts but about how important giving is too. I made me realize how lucky i am to have the friends that care about me, and that I have a lot of things that others don't have. It shows me that I want to help others in anyway I can; It may just be telling someone that i like the way you hair looks today or how pretty your clothes are. Your book has opened up my eyes to friendship, family, and serving others. I'm sure this has the same effect on others. As a matter of fact, for an up coming project I'm doing I'm going to help the less fortunate by raising money to buy books and toys for the kids. I'm also going to donate toys and books the children hospital.
Overall, your book shows me that the true spirt of the holiday is nor the gifts and presents we get, but the time and love we share with our family and friends. Thank you so much for writing such and inspiring story.

Your truly,
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Jagg, and I am in Mrs. Kimball's Period 4 class. I really enjoyed The Paperbag Christmas. The book was touching.
My favorite part is when Mo and Aaron sat on Dr. Ringle's legs. Their reaction was hilarious! I also like how Katrina gave Madhu her liver in the end of the story. I would've never expected a mean girl in the beginning to be so kind in the end.
The Paperbag Christmas has changed me because now I know that a lot of children are not as fortunate as others, and do not get presents. The situation would be terrible if one didn't have relatives to support you. The importance of your book is to send a message to the reader that the meaning of Christmas is not about presents.
The Paperbag Christmas has changed me and a lot of others too. A lot of people most likely enjoyed the book. The meaning of Christmas is about giving not receiving.

Yours Truly

Jagg

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Cole and I am a student in Mrs. Kimball's
4th period class at A.E.Wright Middle School. Recently my class your short, inspirational book "The Paper Bag Christmas" and I thought it was fantastic.
Although I am a kid, I have set my regards for the books that I read. If it is too long I end up asking someone who read what happens next. If it is too boring I stop reading it and find something other to do. Your book "The Paper Bag Christmas" in my opinion is perfectly balanced between the two. When I felt I passed the climax another one came. Also, I like the way you incorporated Christmas with this book.
In my opinion, every single kid should read this book at some point in their life. This book taught me that one man's trash is another man's treasure and you should be grateful with what you have. For example, all Katrina wanted for Christmas was a friend, yet other people wouldn't have even thought of a friend for Christmas because they already have many. After reading this book I started being more of a kind person to other people.
Like I said before, this book truly is inspirational. There were so many lessons taught in this book in such a short time. I still question if it would have been better if Katrina didn't die but, I have a feeling it wouldn't have been such a great book if she didn't.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hello, I'm Sofia, A seventh grade student at A. E. Wright Middle School. I'm in Mrs. Kimball's fourth period class, and we just read The Paper Bag Christmas. I overall enjoyed the book, as it went into deep detail about the true meaning of Christmas. I don't feel that the true meaning of Christmas has been forgotten, only lost The Paper Bag Christmas is a great book to be read if the spirit is wanted to be found and shared.
I really liked how all Katrina wanted for Christmas was a friend. I know the feeling of not having any friends, so I can relate to that. She felt that no one, not even Santa Claus, could give her what she wanted. A regular kid gave her what she wanted more than anything in the world. It really shows the amazing powers of what simple friendly gestures can mean in someone's life. I also really liked when, in the epilogue, Mo has Katrina's paper bag on the angel as the tree topper. That really shows what a good friend Mo is, and how much Katrina made an impact in his life. I thought it was sweet how he tells the story of the paper bag to his children every year, so they can remember his real Christmas.
I feel that the importance of the book is to help others celebrate holidays in a meaningful and special way. As I mentioned earlier, it helps find the lost true spirit of Christmas. It may bring families together, or make people realize how much they have and be especially grateful and generous during the holiday season. The importance of family, friendships, and serving others is mainly showing that you care for one another. It helps to have family or friends around during rough times. Katrina new she didn't have very long, and she just wanted someone to be there for her. During the holidays, being with family, friends, or loved ones is very important. Mo helped Katrina have a friend, and he helped many of the other children at the hospital too. Helping a person in need, even if it's something small, can go along way for them, and your soul. I will try to server others by donating to specific charities, and giving back to the world after all it's given me.
The Paper Bag Christmas is a great book for anyone looking for the Christmas spirit. It can be cherished by families, discussed among friends, and helpful for those in need. I thought it was a sweet book, and great for the time of year. It brought joy to me, and most likely my peers as well. I will definitely try to have a lot more real Christmases.


Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hello, my name is Khai. I am in Mrs. Kimball's class, 4th Period. I am a fan of your earliest book, The Paper Bag Christmas. This has a fabulous storyline. It makes me cry but also smile in my heart.
First off, the plot has many twists and turns, often ending in disbelief, happiness, or sadness. A moving and meaningful example was when Katrina took off he paper bag mask revealing her damaged face and laid it next to baby Jesus. Furthermore, the characters are real in so many ways. They care, love, joke, and most importantly, they react! Not in a wooden or mechanical way. The characters can laugh, ignore, and can get hurt, like when Mo crashed the gurney down the stairs and broke his arm. It brings the character to life.
This story, is matter of fact, a guide book to the true meaning of Christmas which is critical in todays society. Nowadays, Christmas gets commercialized so much that the essence of the holiday is ruined. Everyone thinks that Christmas is about receiving expensive presents, toys, mistletoe, elves, and Santa. I used to believe this also until I read The Paper Bag Christmas. Since reading this book, I have felt ... different in some ways. I do not give up, even if it appears to be hopeless. An example was when I was in a swimming relay race. My team was not the best, but on the last lap, I managed to catch up and get first place! Impressive huh?
This is a wonderful book. I am amazed at the words you come up with. They are very inspirational. Out of all the characters form The Paper Bag Christmas, I feel connected to Mo. He is clumsy and needs pointers to help him out, but is also kind, caring, and gentle. Mr. Milne, keep writing! The book is excellently written and contains many hilarious, thrilling, sorrowful moments. I love this book! I feel inspired to go to a children's hospital to give out candy canes.
Sincerely yours,
Khai

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Donovan, and i'm in Mrs. Kimball's 4th period class. I honestly love The Paper Bag Christmas. I think this is coming fro everybody in this class. It changed my perspective of christmas as it did others.
I love the book because it changed me. It was a very touching book to me. Before I read The Paper Bag Christmas I wanted everything. But now I am a more giving person. it was amazing how two boys who wanted every toy ended up helping out as volunteers chose not to have those toys. Near the end where Katrina died got very depressing for some people in this class. I got sad too.Later when Madhu got his liver transplant I got super happy because Mrs. Kimball assigned us to people and I was Madhu.
I learned the importance of family, friendship and serving others.Katrina wanted a friend more than any thing and got one. Lately at school when I see someone sitting by themselves at lunch I go talk to them.When Katrina gave gifts to others she served them. whenever is see a homeless person I give some money. All Madhu wanted for Christmas was to be with his family. i've spent as much time with my family as possible. I will participate in charity work and canned food drives too.
The novel was amazing. I hope everyone who reads it thinks so too. You are an amazing writer to teach anyone the true meaning of of Christmas.
Yours truly,
Donovan


Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hi, my name is Elisha and I am a seventh grade student at A.E. Wright Middle School. I am in Mrs.Kimball's fourth period GATE Language Arts class and have recently read your fantastic novel, The Paper Bag Christmas. It was so touching and insightful.
I loved your book. I really appreciated that you included important themes and lessons in this book. One reason I enjoyed it is because it taught people that it doesn't matter what someone may look like, because it is what is on the inside that counts. I loved that Mo befriended Katrina even though she was sick and and always wore a bag on her head. He was her best friend and always did what he could to make her feel better. this book also teaches people that the holidays aren't just about receiving tons of gifts, but they are about spreading joy and hope as well. In the beginning of your story, Mo and his brother, Aaron, want every toy known to man, but by the end they are content with with helping the children at the hospital and spreading Christmas joy. I believe this is important because many people just see the holiday season as a way to receive gifts and they don't focus on the true meaning of the holidays.
Your novel has opened my eyes to certain topics, such as the importance of giving and the importance of family and friends. I believe The Paper Bag Christmas, is important as it teaches valuable life lessons. Also it gave me the idea to give. Not always money or gifts but something small, like a smile or a simple "Hello". My mission from now on is to preform acts of kindness to everyone I meet. Next, it has shown the importance of family and friends. They are the people that love and care for you, but sometimes you don't know what you have until it is gone. You always have to remember to be thankful for what you have and the people in your life.
Your novel was amazing and inspirational. It made me laugh and it made me cry. The Paper Bag Christmas was one of the best books I have ever read. I want to thank you for writing this incredible book. I hope that other people feel this way as well and do what they can to make this world a better place.

Yours truly,

Elisha

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
This is Andrew from Mrs. Kimball's Period 4 class, and I have recently read your magnificent book, The Paper Bag Christmas in class. It was a great read that gave me new knowledge, and its message told an important lesson that changed the way I act now. To me, it is possibly among the best novels I have ever read.
The plot in your book is extremely strong and appealing. With a storyline that is feasible, it differed form some other book, and it truly touched my heart.The characters are incredibly realistic, and I could "feel" them around me. In fact, Katrina is so real that my eyes conjured up tears when I realized she dies. However, your book possessed much deeper traits that just the well-organized plot. After I finished The Paper Bag Christmas, it was the spirit of giving in your novel that truly left me flabbergasted. Effortlessly conveyed, this spirit inspired me to do what people like Dr. Ringle does in the book. Just as he would always try to help others as much as possible, I want to do that as well now.
Before I had read The Paper Bag Christmas, I had not thought much about giving, and all I really cared for was receiving. I used to value receiving gifts higher than actually giving them. However, now that I have read your book, my life changed abruptly. I try to do my best to give more than I receive, just like Molar. By giving to others, he displayed the true meaning of Christmas: to give. From this point on, I will always try to give as much as I can to all sorts of people I meet, even if it's just a smile, some words of praise, or a little help. After all, giving will brighten up my day as well.
After reading your brilliant novel, I have been filled to the brim with a pure, wholesome spirit of giving. It is the very spirit that encouraged me like no other. Thank you. I can bet others' lives have also been improved after reading your book. All in all, your undersized yet meaningful masterpiece is definitely one that warmed up my life.

Yours truly,
Andrew Y.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hello! My name is Erica, I'm in Mrs.Kimball's, fourth period class. I've recently read your novel The Paper Bag Christmas with my class, I thought it was very heartfelt, book that leaves tears in the reader's eyes.
The Paper Bag Christmas was a touching book, it really spoke to me, especially when Molar tried his hardest to be the best friend Katrina had always wished for. Like the time Mo accidentally broke Katrina's candy cane, but the next day brought her an even bigger one. The novel taught me the true spirit of Christmas, for instance Mo every year after Katrina's death placed a paper bag over the angel tree topper that Katrina once used before. I also learned to stick up for others, such as when Lynn said she wouldn't be in the Christmas Pageant if Katrina can't. U have learned to believe you can do anything, when Madhu was determined to be in the show , and finally convinced nurse Wimball to be the fourth wise man, is an example of that.
In the novel and in general,the importance of family, friendship, and serving others is extremely valuable. When a family member or friend is in need of help, comfort, or anything it is vital to help them any way possible. I come to this reasoning because if the tables were turned I'm almost positive that everyone would want their friends and relatives to help them in a sticky situation. Such as, when Katrina gave Mudhu her liver so he could go home, and she also gave the janitor money, after she died. The Paper Bag Christmas has changed my outlook on he meaning of Christmas. I've always said that I want this or I want that, but I should've been asking do I need this or that. Christmas should be a time of giving NOT receiving. In some way I feel greedy whenever I say I want something, I really don't like that word anymore. It's always an amazing thing to give to others, like helping out the homeless, giving money to charity, or in Mo and Aaron's case volunteering at a children's hospital.
In other words this novel can changes a person's perspective on many different levels. It is a fantastic read, and definitely a heartwarming book. I would personally recommend this book to people who have interest in bitter sweet ending. The novel reminded me to always be friendly and to help others in need. It's a definite must read!

Yours truly,
Erica

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,




My name is Finn and I am a seventh grade student at A.E.Wright Middle School. I am in Mrs. Kimball's fourth period English class and we have just finished reading The Paper Bag Christmas. I thought highly of this book for a variety of reasons. It was about sick children and a little boy and everyone should read this in their lifetime.




As I was saying, I loved this book for a number of reasons, but mainly for these two. Your book actually portrayed what Christmas is all about which I loved. This also had a really sad, heart warming ending that nobody could have said better. Most Christmas stories are about Santa Clause and Rudolph in some fantasy world, but yours had reality in it. It was in a real life situation in a hospital that could be going on now. I better understood the meaning of Christmas after reading. Now I feel like it is a lot more about giving and bringing joy rather than Santa's presents. I truly can't think of a flaw in this novel. It is amazing down to the very last detail.




I feel like your novel served an important cause. It made me feel a bit differently about Christmas. I feel like it made many feel differently about Christmas. This made me think about how real kids are in this situation that Katrina was in. Friends and family are so important in life. I feel like I am lucky to live in a healthy family where none of us are in danger. I feel like Katrina would've been a lot happier before Mo came along if she had a mom, a dad, siblings, or at least someone in her family to rely on. I truly have no idea what I would do without a friend or family. This book has even inspired me a bit to give back to the community. I want to volunteer like Mo did because it sounds rewarding. It is a good use of extra time.




Like I said at the beginning, I'm just a seventh grader giving an opinion. Everybody needs to read this book at least once in their lifetime because it is inspiring, sad, and it gives off an amazing lesson. You did not waste a moment writing this book. At first, I did not like this book, but in the end, I ended up loving it.

Sincerely,
Finn

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne
My name is Nicholas, and I am in Mrs. Kimball's fourth period class. I really enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas. The book was written extremely well, and it made me cry at certain parts. There were so many things I liked about this book.
I liked how The book taught people to not look at a disabled person differently. Katrina was different because she had cancer and a paper bag on her head, but Mo still thought of her as a friend. It is not what is on the outside, but what is inside a person. Reading this part of the story made me think of what happened to me when I was six. I had broken my leg, and I had surgery. I was in a wheelchair, and I thought people think of me differently. Actually, people were nice and caring, and they didn't care if I was in a wheelchair. I also liked that the book showed people to keep an upbeat attitude when something is not going well. Even though Madhu needed a liver, he never seemed down. He was always lively and happy, and in the end he gets his liver.
Reading The Paper Bag Christmas has changed me a lot. I have learned that I should go over to kids that are all alone because people said mean things to them, and I should befriend them. I also learned that I shouldn't avoid or stare at someone that is injured or unattractive because that would be mean. This book is very important. It not just a fun read or something to entertain someone, but it teaches real lessons. The book teaches people about friendship, loyalty, determination, pride, perseverance, to be nice to others, and to care for others. These lessons will stick with me forever.
The Paper Bag Christmas was an amazing book to read, and taught me so many lessons. Before I read this book I thought Christmas was all about receiving presents. After reading this book, I realized that the real gifts we receive are the ones that money can't buy.

Yours truly,
Nicholas

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hello, I'm Athena and I am in Mrs. Kimball's fourth period class. I think that The Paper Bag Christmas was one of the most touching and interesting books I've ever read.
I really liked The Paper Bag Christmas because it was very varied, some parts were funny while some were heartbreaking. When Mo read that all Katrina wanted for Christmas was a friend, I was especially touched because I remember when I was younger and all I wanted for Christmas was a friend, too. I liked how anyone who reads The Paper Bag Christmas can connect with the characters as if they were physically real. It is also interesting to see how Mo changes throughout the story, from first wanting only a toy car that made him excited in commercials, to knowing what Christmas means, being friends with Katrina, and wanting good for all of the children at the hospital. In all, I'm sure everyone thought The Paper Bag Christmas was an excellent story; we laughed at the funny parts and sniffed at the sad ones.
Whoever reads this book is changed forever. You can connect with the characters so openly you find yourself attached to a person not physically real. It also teaches the reader to be thankful for what they have and know that there are less fortunate. The Paper Bag Christmas seems a miracle this way, because it teaches these things using people existing in heart, while a parent tries to teach these things with solid, physical, people, but doesn't have the same effect. It teaches the reader that family is important, because without it, you have no where to go. With it, even if you were ridiculed by the entire world, there would always be someone who didn't. This is shown through Katrina. Katrina also shows everyone how much friends are important, and she somehow teaches people this without physically existing. The Paper Bag Christmas also shows through Mo, how important helping other is, how Katrina acts when she finally has a friend. I find it impossible that someone could not be more determined to help others even more than normal.
The Paper Bag Christmas is a touching book, and no one is immune to how it teaches to be thankful. It's an inspiring book, and important because it may inspire someone to help out another person. If everyone reached out to help a lonely person, I believe Christmas really can last past December and stretch out all through the next year.

Sincerely,
Athena

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Lillie. I am in Mrs. Kimball's fourth period class. My younger sister's name is Lola, and we share a bedroom. Being the exact opposite of my sister personality wise, the main thing that I wanted for this holiday season was to have my own space. Actually, one December day specifically, I was still mad at her from earlier in the morning when she did not put away her dirty clothing. As I continued the day with my classes, my annoyance at my sister did not diminish. I was so caught up in my irritation, in fact, that I almost missed the announcement from my teacher that we would be starting a new book! I did put my feelings for my sister aside as we all sat down to read The Paper Bag Christmas. I was hooked within the first three pages and I forgot all about our fight. Reading more and more were my only thoughts at the moment. This story educated me with morals that I did not realize I was learning. The Paper Bag Christmas was an inspiring and exciting novel.
The Paper Bag Christmas was a work of art that I would gladly come back to. Many great things were happening in this book all concurrently. For example, I liked how the characters, like Molar and Katrina, had depth to them. Katrina was not just some sad girl that Molar helped, but she was a thoroughly depressed girl with an even more depressing history, and she was enthralled to finally have a friend. Likewise for Molar, he was certainly not just a volunteer. He was a naive boy who did not know what the holiday season was really about or how he could possibly change the lives of others. Also, I enjoyed many of the moments with Dr. Ringle. From the moment I met him in the Santa Shack at the mall, I knew that he was going to be a favorite character of mine. I favor the way he gives his time to others--that being selflessly and without a second thought. The ending scene, when Dr. Ringle left the hospital, was outstanding as well. It left me wondering if there are people like him among my everyday life.
I have not been entirely the same since I have read your book. Recently, I have been attempting to be kinder to my sister--and is working out pretty well! Sharing a room has gotten less and less difficult with every passing day. In fact, we organized our room together just a few days ago. Now we have tons of floor space to play games with each other! I also feel like I have been less shy ans more helpful to others. Just the other day, I was at the park with my sister. We were on the monkey bars, and there was a little boy next to us on the rock wall calling for help. I did not take the time to see if somebody else would come--I rushed to his aid and assisted him off. Normally, I might have waited to see if someone besides me would help or would have gotten other help, but this novel taught me, among many lessons, to give back to others in ways I would not have thought of before. It felt excellent to help someone out, and I definitely plan on doing it again. With my Girl Scout troop, or eve on my own, I hope to assist more people in need. Maybe sometime in the future I will be as selfless as Dr. Ringle.
The Paper Bag Christmas undoubtedly made an impact on my life. This novel educated me with an important lesson that has been taught many times before, but never really stuck in my head until now--that life should never be about receiving, but about giving instead. The book is ingenious in the way that it portrays its morals and life lessons, never completely revealing them and leaving them open to interpretation of the reader. The Paper Bag Christmas is a novel to last ages to come--one that I hope I can read to my children and grandchildren one holiday season.
Your truly,
Lillie

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne
Hello Mr. Milne, my name is Claudia, I come from Ms.Kimballs fourth period language arts gate class. Our class has recently just finished your outstanding novel, The Paper Bag Christmas. This book was a great lesson to all people who have read your amazing novel.
A wonderful gift you have brought me, your incredible lessons. One of the most valuable lessons your novel has brought me is when Molar never gave up on Katrina. He kept trying to help her have the best Christmas ever, but not just to fulfill Dr. Christopher Ringle's request. Molar tried everything to bring the spirit of Christmas to Katrina, even if she'd denied it. The first time Molar visits Katrina,I didn't think he understood why he was helping her, but by the end he was fully aware of what Dr. Christopher Ringle's lesson was. Another lovely learning experience for me was when Katrina put herself out there to the hospital. That section of the novel brought me to the attention of being open to the world, ever since then I have learned to be more thankful and courteous of others. This novel was a spectacular read.
The novel has been an amazing experince for me. Ever since I have read your book, I have noticed more the way people treat other people, even strangers. I learned that just giving a friendly smile or compliment could make someone's day. It has been my mission to try to be more gracious to people, by helping others and trying to put a smile on someone's face, because that makes me feel complete. The importance of your book is to try to teach children that beauty is on the inside, to always believe in yourself, and never doubt someone. I believe every family deserves a beautiful holiday, but not all family's can have one, so I am going to help those families as much as I can. I will donate and share things with others, so so they can have a great spirit, which brings them true joy. Family and true friends are what makes a persons personality better and lifts them high in spirit. Your novel has brought the greatness of caring for others and just being kind.
All in all, this book was a perfect lesson for all people. I am very thankful for you writing this novel, it has taught me many lessons that i am grateful for. I hope this book teaches people around the world to be a little more nice.
Yours truly,
Claudia

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Adam and I'm in seventh grade at A. E. Wright Middle School. We read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas in 4th period Mrs. Kimball's language arts class. I thought it was a good book with a nice story.
I liked the book because of the message it told about how friendship is the best present of all. Through out your book, Aaron and Mo make friendships that they never could have made without the guidance of Dr. Ringle. I was shocked to find out that Mo married Lynn, the girl that stood up for Katrina so she could be in the pageant too. I also enjoyed Katrina's bravery with her cancer. She may have had that bag on her head, but other than that, she acted like any other normal kid would. She was by far, my favorite character in your book.
The importance of your book is astounding to me. It teaches the readers that the holiday time isn't about presents, but about how they are about friends, family, and togetherness. That is an amazing lesson that the whole world needs to learn in order to fully enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. The whole book taught me about concepts of friendships that I have never experienced. Cancer is a very bad thing that anyone can get, and I never knew that kids with cancer could do more than I thought they could. I always imagined that it would be hard to be friend of someone with cancer because I thought that they were always confined to their hospital bed and that anything beyond that would be dangerous to their health. So, i thank you for teaching me all the things you did in your book.
Your book has such great things to teach everybody who reads it. It taught me so much, and I thank you again for writing such a gripping story. It truly is one of the best books that I have ever read. I congratulate in advance for the future awards your book will be given. Thanks one last time for such a great story.

Yours truly,
Adam S.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hello! My name is Kayla. I am in period four in Mrs. Kimball's class. Your special book, The Paper Bag Christmas, has brought me bucket loads of precious joy that I have spread with others all over.
There are so many reasons why I love your book so much, but there are two very important reasons that stand out the most. First, I absolutely adore how your book talks about giving all your troubles to Jesus. For this reason, my favorite part in The Paper Bag Christmas is when ill Katrina humbly places her paper bag by the Jesus doll in the manger. On this topic, that part in the book made me remember that no matter how awful our problems are, they are never to much for Jesus. Another reason why I appreciate your book, is how you created a character that properly taught others to care. This remarkable character is Dr. K Ringle, a man full of goodness. His way of teaching Mo and Aaron to think of others was to let them solve a few problems out on their own. For example, when mo declared he didn't want to go back to Katrina's room after the candy cane incident, Dr. Ringle still made him so that Mo could learn on his own. After Mo grabbed some courage and dragged himself into Katrina's depressed hospital room, he learned may important facts about Katrina that he wouldn't have learned if he hadn't been pushed to go into Katrina's room in the first place. Mo had learned tons of lessons that day from the necessary support of Dr. Ringle, a splendid character in your fantastic book.
After reading your book, I have changed in a very positive way. The Paper Bag Christmas is stuffed with millions of tiny moments that instantly made me thankful for everything in my life. In addition, when I am sitting at home moaning about something that is making me upset, I remember your meaningful book. Now I am not only thankful to be alive, but I am also thankful to have family, friends, support, and love all around me. Even though Katrina's roll in the book made me gloomy at times, more importantly it caused me to be thankful much more often. Placing Katrina in your terrific book definitely taught me to enjoy what I already have instead of wanting. In other words, Katrina caused me to be extremely thankful. from reading The Paper Bag Christmas, I am now feeling like I absolutely need to help out more. At my church, we have been providing meals for the homeless people. Even though Katrina and all the other wonderful characters in your book are not necessarily homeless, I still feel pushed to help out in any way I can after reading your marvelous book.
Once again, your breathtaking story is incredibly moving to me in many different ways. You have done an outstanding job creating this meaningful story. Thank you! I have learned much from your book and will continue to share your novel's joy with others. God is good.
Sincerely,
Kayla

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Annabel from Mrs. Kimball's 4th period Language Arts class, and I started to wonder when I began your book: Have you ever thought that you were the unluckiest child in the world? I know I have. I know the disappointing glaze that I get in my eyes when my mom doesn't make what I want for dinner. When my big brother won't play Mario Kart with me. When I tell my dog to sit and she won't. When I was young and clueless, I thought that these displeasures were the worst feelings you could ever have. As I grew older, I realized that an even more stomach-lurching, heart-stopping, feeling is the feeling of realization. The feeling you get when you see a helpless cancer patient on the eighth floor of your pediatric hospital. The feeling that you get when you watch your own grandfather be lowered into the ground. The feeling I got when I read The Paper Bag Christmas. All of the silly misfortunes I have had in my life seemed to fade into a black hole when I read your book. Although I am Jewish, you made me realize that Christmas spirit is not solitary, but a sensation only a few can embrace.
Your book was brilliant. One of the many reasons that I enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas was because of Mo's obligation to make the patient's in the hospital's Christmas extraordinary. When Mo helped Tim prove that Dr. Ringle was Santa, when he helped Madhu become a Wise Man in the pageant, and most of all, when he was a friend to Katrina. These are just a few amazing examples. Another reason I admired this read was because of Katrina's story. Her struggle through cancer, her loneliness, and the fact that she had to family made my heart sob. If that was me, I would be unbelievably miserable, but Katrina stayed so strong. Her generosity towards others was also a reason that made her one of my favorite characters. When she gave Madhu her liver made me feel so warm and cheerful inside, that even though she passed away, she still helps others.
The Paper Bag Christmas made me realize how privileged I am. After I finished that last page, I was in tears because of how beautifully you portrayed the true meaning of Christmas. Ever since I read your book, I looked at my fortunate life and said, wow. I am so lucky. I could be in the hospital or living out on the streets, but I live in a beautiful house with a comforting family and I am healthy. That, in my opinion, is the greatest gift anyone could ask for. It is so utterly important to enjoy life, for one day the sun may rise, but you may not. If everyone just took a few hours out of their lives to help those that are unfortunate, the world would be a different place. What if I walked into school, and everyone had a smile on their face? I would smile too. Just knowing that someone is happy is a greater gift than I could ever receive. Strong relationships with those you cherish are so crucial, for one day, you may come to the realization that without these people in your life, you may not even be alive today.
Now that I am older, I am wiser. I learned how to play Mario Kart alone, I will eat what ever is in front of me, and my dog now knows how to sit. For a while, my life was the same old routine: wake up, get dressed, eat, go to school, come home, do homework, eat, and go to sleep. Now I have added to that routine to say thank you. Not to anyone in particular, but just to the world. To say I am thankful that I am still alive. Someday when I am an adult, I will show my family what a true holiday is all about.

Yours truly,
Annabel

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Matthew from Ms. Kimball's fourth period class in Language Arts, and I want to inform you on how marvelous your book The Paper Bag Christmas, is. Your book sets itself apart from all the others I have read. It is truly one of a kind.
There are many points and scenarios that I value in this story. My favorite one is how you make Molar develop to become a better person in a way that I could not have thought of. The way I thought of Santa when I was much younger was that he would deliver me presents to make me ecstatic. In your story, Santa provides those to who needs it most and can make that the gift someone never wanted to the ones like Molar. I personally like this part the most because I can imagine that scene, and I'll always remember what Christmas is really about. Another reason why I admire this novel is that the patients in the hospital are always elated whenever things go bad. For example when Katrina is about to perish from her oversized tumor, she remains jubilant and tries to remember her friends and the glee she received. This in particular helped me appreciate that whenever things take a bad turn in life, there is always something to raise my hopes up. Last of all, I admire how Dr. Ringle never stops trying to put a smile on the children's faces even though some children push him away. In the first chapter when Molar goes to the mall with Aaron, Molar asks Santa questions that could potentially offend him. One of them is Molar asks Santa if he could sit on Santa's lap as part of tradition, and when he does, he gets scared, cries out, and jumps off. After all this, Dr. Ringle laughs at Molar and attempts to make it up by confessing he lost his legs in war. This is a type of character where one is always pleasant and tries to spread it around. All these reasons are of why I like this novel, but there are more that I haven't mentioned.
There are much importances and values in this novel that I have gained as I kept on reading through every chapter. One of those values I have gained as I kept on reading is how I have advanced since I started reading the book. The book gave me several new meanings that I have forgotten about Christmas. With Christmas drawing in only once a year, I would tend to forgot what it is and what it means. Another value is how important The Paper Bag Christmas is and what it holds. When I was reading the first chapter of The Paper Bag Christmas, I was skeptical at first to whether I would desire the book or not. After reading the next few chapters, I determined that this book has a great background and moral to this story, and when I finished, I found out I was correct. The greatest lesson I learned is the importance of friendship, family, and especially serving others. I am using what I have learned from the novel already because I can tell I am being more generous and helpful. I have been helpful by carrying more groceries, doing more chores, and additionally helping move furniture. These are all gestures that Dr. Ringle has also done: help making other people's lives easier. There are many importances in this novel, and I hope I can detect more of them when I read it again or at least the summary.
I have attained a lot from this story that I have either forgotten over the past years, or I simply never knew. This novel is definitely an eye opener to the true meaning of Christmas. The novel itself will keep on giving just like how Dr. Ringle has. Other people may have not learned from your story or haven't bothered to think about it. I am glad to announce that I am not one of those people, and that your story has helped me greatly.

Warm regards,

Matthew

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Ashley I am in Mrs.Kimball's period four class. It has been a pleasure reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas. The book really touched my heart and made me tear up at the end. Who knew Christmas would be so sad.
What I liked about The Paper Bag Christmas is that it's not your usual Christmas story. Instead of having a bunch of characters sitting around the fire opening presents, or a rich Uncle Scrooge that never visits, you have a boy who had a change of heart throughout the story. Who knew that going to the mall's Santa could change someones life. I mostly liked Madhu's character. I loved how even though he knew he might die he still kept his spirits up and enjoyed life as it is. You could really see the real Madhu when he gives his love to baby Jesus at the Christmas Pageant. I think what really made me tear up was when Katrina tells Mo what she really wanted for Christmas. That really shows you that not everyone wants a shiny brand new toy or a phone for Christmas. Some people just want someone to care about them. It really made me think of what I could do this Christmas.
This year instead of hoping for a bunch of presents I appreciated all the time I had with all my family and friends. I tried to talk to every single one of them because you never know when you might not see them again. That mostly made me think about the importance of this book. I feel that many people might find different importances for this book. I personally can think of a few. My main importance is to appreciate the people around you and know that Christmas isn't just about the presents. My other thought for the importance is that you can believe in what you believe in no matter what others say. Lastly, an importance that everyone should thing about is that not everyone wants presents for Christmas. Some only want to be thought of as a friend. That is why I think family and friends are really important. They are the people thats always there for you no matter what like Mo and Katrina.
As I said before I truly love this book and it did make me tear up at some points. This book is an example of the true spirit of Christmas. Mo went from a boy who just wanted the presents to a boy with a boy with a change of heart. I guess we all really don't know the true spirit of Christmas until we experience it.


Yours truly,
Ashley

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi, my name is Ryan, I am in Ms. Kimball's class period 4, and I am writing this letter to tell you that the book you wrote, The Paper Bag Christmas, was saddening, but it was still a great novel. All in all I'm very glad you wrote it.Everyone should read The Paper Bag Christmas.
The Paper Bag Christmas is a really awesome book that I liked very much. I mostly liked it for two reasons, the first being how you wrote a book with one of the best morals I've ever read.The way you led up to the moral of how giving rather than is the true meaning of Christmas. I have always known that , but it never sank deep into my heart before. The second being how the book itself was short, but what the book contained was immense. I usually like longer books better, but this book had so much quality it felt like a five-hundred page book. The depth was amazing! The Paper Bag Christmas is now one of my favorite books.
Ever since reading your book, I have changed my perspective of the holiday season. I felt terrible that the gifts I gave to my parents were small, little cards. My parent said they didn't care about some huge present, but I just wanted to make something myself. Your book has made me want to do nicer things for people. Mr. Milne, your book is very important to everyone who has read it. The Paper Bag Christmas has a very important concept that all children should know: the gift of giving to others. Your book has opened the eyes of many people to that concept. Most think Christmas is a time of getting, but it is really a time of gratitude and giving.
Of the books I've read, morally, the best is your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. Everything about your book was the best it could be. If everyone in the world were to read The Paper Bag Christmas, and understand it, the world would be a better place.

Yours truly,
Ryan

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi, my name is Ryan, I am in Ms. Kimball's class period 4, and I am writing this letter to tell you that the book you wrote, The Paper Bag Christmas, was saddening, but it was still a great novel. All in all I'm very glad you wrote it.Everyone should read The Paper Bag Christmas.
The Paper Bag Christmas is a really awesome book that I liked very much. I mostly liked it for two reasons, the first being how you wrote a book with one of the best morals I've ever read.The way you led up to the moral of how giving rather than is the true meaning of Christmas. I have always known that , but it never sank deep into my heart before. The second being how the book itself was short, but what the book contained was immense. I usually like longer books better, but this book had so much quality it felt like a five-hundred page book. The depth was amazing! The Paper Bag Christmas is now one of my favorite books.
Ever since reading your book, I have changed my perspective of the holiday season. I felt terrible that the gifts I gave to my parents were small, little cards. My parent said they didn't care about some huge present, but I just wanted to make something myself. Your book has made me want to do nicer things for people. Mr. Milne, your book is very important to everyone who has read it. The Paper Bag Christmas has a very important concept that all children should know: the gift of giving to others. Your book has opened the eyes of many people to that concept. Most think Christmas is a time of getting, but it is really a time of gratitude and giving.
Of the books I've read, morally, the best is your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. Everything about your book was the best it could be. If everyone in the world were to read The Paper Bag Christmas, and understand it, the world would be a better place.

Yours truly,
Ryan

Anonymous said...

Dear Milne,
My name is Sanaaz. I am in Mrs. Kimball's fourth period Language Arts class. Reading is one of my hobbies. The Paper Bag Christmas is a wonderful and touching book. The book teaches the real meaning of the holidays and Christmas spirit.
There are many things that I liked about The Paper Bag Christmas. To begin with, I liked how the book showed how Molar cared and wanted to help Katrina feel better and less lonely. For example, after the first candy cane incident, Molar came back to visit Katrina with an extra-large candy cane to make up for it. This showed how Molar wouldn't give up until he could help Katrina. Secondly, i liked how Madhu was always optimistic. He was always in a cheerful and positive mood, even with the fact that he had cancer. For instance, Madhu was happily talking to Molar about Christmas with a smile on his face.
The Paper Bag Christmas has touched me and taught me more about the importance of family and friendship. This book is noteworthy because the book teaches its readers that there is more to Christmas than just getting presents and materialistic values. Also, The Paper Bag Christmas showed how important family and friendship can be. Family and friends are going to be with you through thick and thin and they will always care for you. It is family and friends that will support you through tough times.
The Paper Bag Christmas has taught me the true meaning of Christmas. This is a great book that defines what Christmas spirit and the holidays are all about. Christmas is not about the presents you receive, but about helping and giving to others and being with your friends and family.
Sincerely,
Sanaaz

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, my name is Cami, and I am a thirteen year old student at A.E. Wright Middle School. I am in Mrs. Kimball's Period 4 class. My favorite subjects in school are language arts and science. I enjoy language art mostly because I love reading. When I read a book, my mind transports me to the setting of the novel, Neverland in Peter Pan, the arena in The Hunger Games, or the hospital in The Paper Bag Christmas. Your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, is one of my all time favorite books. I have read it three times! The vivid details, lovable, realistic characters, and the lesson hidden within the pages really warms my heart. Outside of school, my main hobbies include tumbling, riding my horse, Victoria, being with my friends, going to the beach, and traveling around the world every summer. Since I live in sunny Southern California, taking a break from the head by skiing and snowboarding in Mammoth Mountain is such a pleasure. During the summer, I also adore wakeboarding and tubing on the sparkling, still waters of Lake Antonio. Throughout the month of December, my class and I read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas together. For every character, Mrs. Kimball would pick different students to read a character's dialogue. Mo by far had the most lines! This method benefited our class because it brought the characters to life. Everyday when I entered the classroom, I could not wait to pick up your magical book and get lost in the world of The Paper Bag Christmas.
While I loved almost every aspect of The Paper Bag Christmas, three certain things stood out to me above the rest. First, one of my favorite parts of the book was Mo and Katrina's relationship and bond. Throughout the whole book, Mo found something more than a job in Katrina; he found a friend. I think that Mo learned a valuable lesson by volunteering with Katrina. He learned that sometimes people thing they have lost everything, and all they need to make them happy is a friend. Mo matured so much after he looked beyond the paper bag over Katrina's head and really got to know the know the personality hiding behind her appearance. Another thing I loved about The Paper Bag Christmas was the fact that the hospital spread Christmas cheer to everyone, even Madhu who was not Christian. I am Jewish and have never celebrated Christmas before, had a Christmas tree, or gotten a Christmas present. The hospital and Dr. Ringle made sure that every child enjoyed the holiday and got a gift. Mo, Aaron, Katrina, and Madhu along with all the other kids at the hospital learned that the magic of the holiday season lies within, and as long as you have the spirit in your heart, you will have a magical holiday season. Lastly, one central theme of The Paper Bag Christmas stood out in my mind above the rest, the idea that Christmas love and spirit triumphs gifts and glory. Today in the 21st century, so many people, especially children, do not understand that Christmas isn't just about presents and trees, but is about the true joy that lies in your heart. Children are so lucky to receive many gifts that they forget that the luck in their lives is that they have a roof over their head, people that love them, and food to eat. On Christmas Eve, while children are falling asleep, they think about all the presents they will excitedly open in the morning. When I'm falling asleep, I think about the kids that won't have anything to open, the kids who won't eat tomorrow, the kids that won't have money to celebrate any holiday, and the kids who's only wish is to cure their illness, or to live. Your book was an excellent way to remind kids and adults alike of what Christmas, love, and the Holiday season really mean.

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The Paper Bag Christmas is such an extraordinary novel, and I think that every child, Christian or not, should read it. Writing a book with a serious theme is not a very easy thing to do, but your managed to write a brilliant novel that children, adults, and teen would love. I think that your book is important because besides being an entertaining, lovable tale, it has a hidden message. The book teaches the reader to be appreciative for what they have in their life. Your book is especially great to read around the holiday season when less fortunate children might feel the most sad or lonely. The book really made me take a look at my life and see how fortunate I am, and hopefully other kids feel the same way. When I read The Paper Bag Christmas for the first time in fifth grade, my sister had just started a charity group called National Charity Organization. Around the holidays, this group helped wrap and deliver gifts to army troops and underprivileged kids. As she was telling me about this experience, I knew I wanted to join the organization when I was old enough in seventh grade, so I could help people in need too. Your book inspired me to make a change in the community for soldier, and for a child's life. Last June, I did join Nation Charity League (NCL). This holiday season, I partook in wrapping donated gifts for soldiers in Afghanistan at Operation Gratitude. Also, i weaved about 250 paracord bracelets for the troops. These bracelets are not only multipurpose cord, but are also a reminder that there are people that deeply care about the citizens bravely fighting for our country. The gifts and the bracelets were put into holiday themed car packages that were then sent to the base camps in Afghanistan. It is heartbreaking to know that many people will not return home to their families for the holidays, but knowing that my actions will put a smile on a soldier's face is the best feeling in the world.
To conclude, your book The Paper Bag Christmas changed my holiday season, my perspective, and my life. The Paper Bag Christmas is on my own recommended list of "must reads." Throughout the whole story, I developed a bond with the characters, and I felt like I was in the story myself. Katrina, Mo, Aaron, Madhu, and so on felt more like old friends than fictional characters. You put so much life and feeling into your writing that the words just seem to leap off the page and into the real world. As I grow up, I will continue to read The Paper Bag Christmas as a reminder of how fortunate I am. I hope you continue to write life-changing novels and I wish you luck on that journey. Thank you Mr. Milne for writing a book that stretched my imagine, warmed my heart, made me laugh, made me cry, and most of all how I see myself and the world around me.

Yours sincerely,
Cami

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, my name is Aviv and I go to A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas. I'm in Mrs. Kimball's 4th period English class. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. It brought me into the holiday mood, and even though I'm Jewish I still understood everything about the book.
Some of the reasons I enjoyed your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, was because it was unlike any book I have previously read. Like I said before, I'm Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas but reading your book really made me understand the true meaning of the holiday season, not particularly Christmas. I learned from your book that giving to those that are in need is far more pleasurable and enjoyable than receiving items that you want not need. One thing I observed from your book is that most kids in the hospital only wish was to be cured. For example, Madhu wished for a new liver. Other kids, like Katrina wanted something that most kids can't even think about. She wanted a friend. At first, when Katrina told Mo that Santa could not make wish come true I thought she was referring to being cured of her terminal illness. Later on in your story, I started to think of other things she could of wanted. In the end of the story when she became closer to Madhu, Aaron and especially Mo, I started to ask myself, maybe she got what was on her list. Although I wasn't sure because I feel like any kid, ill or not, would have more fun and be more happy when they are with the people they love, doing things they like. Needless to say, I was still surpassed with joy when I heard that Katrina got what she wanted. For a second, before reading on, I thought that she was cured and would live. When she told Mo that she wanted a friend, and that most importantly, she got one from Mo, I was still happy, but in my opinion, I was kid of wishing that she would have been cured. Then later, I realized what you had really done, Mr. Milne. What you did was make this book different from every other predicable book. This is why your book is unlike any other. In 99% of books, the ending is what you would expect. Your ending really took by surprise.
Something that this book really made me think about was the less fortunate kids. Not really limited to kids with cancer. It made me think about all kids, all over the world, that don't have what I have. Every day I wake up and put clothes on my back, eat breakfast and go to school. Until I read your book I never thought about how lucky I was. Some kids can't even stand to put their clothes on and some don't even have food. Most of all, many kids don't have the power of education. As I'm writing this on my laptop, I think about one of the greatest gifts of all, education, If I was not able to go to school and learn, I would not be able to read, write and do basic things things that can help me in countless ways in life. In fact, if I didn't go to school, I probably wouldn't have been writing you. Sure, when I was younger and didn't finish the food on my plate, my parents would say 'think about those kids in Africa that don't have food.' I often ignored the message and finished my food. When I read your book, I wanted to help those people. I never thought that words on pieces of paper would motivate me so much, but I guess they have.

Anonymous said...

This is a continuation of my last response because it was too long. . .
Since reading your book, I've changed in a few ways. For starters, my mind now thinks in a different way. What I mean by this is now when I want something, I think to myself, do I really need this? Another way I've changed is that I might do my volunteering hours helping people. Finally, I've noticed that my emotions for less fortunate people, especially kids has gone up. I usually don't give homeless people money, but yesterday, when I saw someone in need, away from their family, I immediately wanted to help. The thought never crossed my money of how much money I had left in my wallet or it I should really give this person my money, it just wanted to help. After I helped this person, I felt good inside and decided to do this more often. I learned that giving back matters. I never considered myself rich, but I realize now that I have a lot more than people. Your book is definitely important because it makes people think the right way. I've talked to a few other friends that have read the book and they all agree with me that they have had a change of heart for the better. I thank you for this, Mr. Milne.I hope you understand that everything I wrote to you about really comes from the heart. I'm sure that many people are writing the same letter to you and are just saying a bunch of fake things to please you. In fact, they'll probably sell your book on Ebay! Trust me Mr. Milne, I won't. I'd like you to know, that everything that you've done to me listed above has made me and other individuals become better people in various different aspects. You Mr Milne, are special.

Yours truly,
Aviv

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milnie
I, Joe, as a reader of your fabulous novel was inspired and enlightend. Reading the Paper bag Christmas in Mrs. kimball's fourth period class was a blast. Your story was a great read that touched me as well as kept me begging to read more. There were many lessons I learned while reading the book.
I thought The Paper Bag Christmas was an astonishing book because there were great morals and ideas placed in the writing. I think the fourth wise man was one of those.This novel also caught my attention with the identity of Santa and his Christmas magic. The hunt for clues to find if Dr. Kristofer .K. Ringle was santa made your novel suspenseful. The search mo had with timothy was pleasing.
I changed a lot since the beginning of your novel. It is not the Air Jammer Road Rammer that cheers me up at Christmas time. Everybody should read The Paper Bag Christmas to believe in a real Christmas. I believe that it is important for people to read because it shows those people what is important in life: Family, friends and serving others. Family is the people who love you no matter what you do. Like family, friends are always their for you. Friends can show you what is wright and wrong. By serving others you can help more than one person. Mo not only helps Dr. Ringle but finds himself a friend as well.
Thank you for writing this wonderous tale. Lifelong lessons I didn't think could be writen , were here in ink. The Paper Bag Christmas was a book I not only read, not only felt. It was a book I Believed in.
Yours truly,
Joe

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi, my name is Brendan and I'm am in Ms. Chadroff's 5th period class. I think your book, Paper Bag Christmas was a perfect example of describing the way Christmas should be, and was truthfully touching.

What I liked was the fact that you can make someones last days on Earth the best they ever had. As in giving a girl named Katrina that is battling cancer her only Christmas gift, a friend. To be a 9 year old boy like Molar and to make a girls Christmas, you have to feel very proud of yourself. To me that has changed my whole entire though about why Christmas isn't just about receiving gifts but to be with friends and family and to give to others and to not fight with anyone.

This book is really important because us teenagers are getting
older and starting to really mature and if we don't know what the
real meaning of Christmas is, we wont know what to do when December 25th comes and that's why I am very lucky to have read your book, and I will recommend it to every family member that I possibly have!

Sincerely,
Brendan

January 09, 2013

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

I am Jackson and I am Ms. Chadroff's 5th period classroom at AE Wright Middle School. I thought your book The Paper Bag Christmas was a heartwarming story.

I liked The Paper Bag Christmas for two reasons. First, it reminds people about the true meaning of Christmas. For example when Molar didn't get any of the toys that he wanted he was just as happy. Secondly, I also liked that the book talked about how people should be more caring and stand up for the people around them. An example would be when Lynn stood up for Katrina when the other kids at the hospital were bullying her.

I feel the importance of your book is that after people read it, they will be reminded that they need to appreciate and care more about the people around them, especially during Christmas. I changed after reading your book because I remembered to care, and appreciate my family during Christmas. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents who live in another state, and we played a lot of Pictionary, and went to the movies.

I believe that The Paper Bag Christmas is a great story to read during the holiday season. I would recommend it to anyone. It is a book that families should read together every year to be reminded the true meaning of Christmas.

Yours truly,

Jackson S.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi, my name is Ali. I'm in Ms. Chadroff's 5th period class. I really enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas, and I hope I can read your other books. This story moved me more than any other book I have read in my entire life!

My favorite part of The Paper Bag Christmas was when Molar and all of the angels wore paper bags on their heads for Katrina. I especially liked this part because I think it gave an important message: be nice to others and treat them how you want to be treated. I also liked how Madhu stood up to Nurse Wimble, which shows that adults don't know everything. It's not the main message of the book, but I still liked how that scene played out.

I think your book is important because it teaches its readers about the true spirit of Christmas. It does this by telling a heart-felt story that a lot of people can relate to. Your book is also important because it tells people to be more giving. After all, it's better to give than to receive. Family, friendship, and serving others plays a big role in our lives, and is very important because helping people and doing the right thing makes you a better person.

The Paper Bag Christmas is a fantastic book, and I wish everyone could read it. Your story has inspired me to be a better, more giving, person. This book has truly moved me. I'm glad you wrote it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Frances and I'm in Ms.Chadroff's 5th period class.Your book The Paper Bag Christmas brought me to tears. It truly made me day. When my class finished reading The Paper Bag Christmas it changed my whole perspective on the real meaning of Christmas.

There were three parts in particular that I enjoyed the most. The 1st one was when Molar went to give Katrina a candy cane, but he tripped and the candy cane hit the floor and broke. I thought Kat and Molar would never become friends. The 2nd one was when Madhu made a whole fuss about there only being three wise men instead of four. He fought for what he wanted, and didn't give up. Lastly when Katrina wanted to be in the Christmas pageant and nurse Wimble said "no" and when all the other angels were laughing at her, the girl playing Mary said that she wouldn't be in the pageant if Katrina wasn't put in the play. At that part I thought "wow!" That takes a lot of guts to stand up for someone that everyone makes fun of.

After I read this book it made me want to go and volunteer at a children's hospital. The importance of this book is to teach us to think about the less fortunate and about the people who help serve our country. The importance of family and friends should never be taken for granted. Spend everyday with them like it's your last. I'm going to serve others by donating all my old toys and clothes to the less fortunate and going to see if I can volunteer on the weekends at a children's hospital.

Your book shows people that Christmas isn't just about the food and the presents, it's about being thankful for being healthy,having a roof over your head, and to have family and friends that love you. All I have to say is this book was amazing and now I really want go and help be one of Santa's elves.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, my name is Teagan and I am a student of Ms. Chadroff's period five class at A.E. Wright. I am the type of person who can get into certain books. Usually, when I am reading a book I sometimes stare off into space and think about random things. In The Paper Bag Christmas I never once went into la la land. So, that means I really enjoyed reading it.

One reason why I loved your book is that it reminded the readers including me about the true meaning of Christmas. I know some people who don't believe in Christmas magic or Santa Claus, but I do. Also, I was fascinated about the characters. You gave each one a special trait that I can somewhat relate to. really think that Mo and Dr. Ringle were the most inspiring. They had a special spark in their personality that made me want to meet them.

There are so many inspiring things in The Paper Bag Christmas that it has led me into several different things. First, I donated things to the troop through my school. I also gave some gifts to my family with my own money instead of expecting presents all the time. My family and friends mean everything to me. Of course they are always there for me, but when it comes to giving back it really reflects my personality. Giving back is a great thing to do because it shows you fell bad for any one who has to struggle in some way. If I didn't have my family around things would change in my life a lot! My friends help me with school crisis' and help me get through thick and thin.

Did you go into a different land? I hope not. The true meaning of Christmas can relate to a lot of things. It can also be compared to understanding the true gift of giving and getting. Again, your book gave me a different perspective on how I look at everything. I appreciate and cherish every little thing I receive or have an option of doing. "Christmas magic is silent. You don't hear it---you feel it, you know it, you believe it."

Sincerely,
Teagan

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Rylee and I am a seventh grader in Ms. Chadroff's 5th period class. I absolutely loved reading your heart-warming novel The Paper Bag Christmas. It was probably the best book I read this year. An amazing story,not only about Christmas, but why we should celebrate it.

I was touched by the true friendship, love, and holiday spirit the book shared. Every time we started reading, I didn't want to stop. I laughed, cried, and learned the true meaning of the holidays. The loyal friendship Molar and Katrina shared reminded me of my best friend and I. While most kids were opening presents with there families on Christmas morning, Molar was sitting in the hospital by Katrina side while she breathed her last breath, and I would have done the exact same thing if anything ever happened to my best friend.

Since reading The Paper Bag Christmas, I have thought more about the less fortunate. The importance of you're book teaches that the holidays is not about receiving, but giving back. I believe Mo and Aaron got exactly what Dr. Ringle promised, the best Christmas gift they will ever receive.

I'm so glad I got to read The Paper Bag Christmas. It was definitely not like any other book I have ever read. It was such a touching and inspirational story. Even though the holidays are over, this book will keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year long.

Sincerely,
Rylee S

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Matille and I am in Ms.Chadroff's fifth period english class. I think that The Paper Bag Christmas was a great write! I loved how you emphasized the true meaning of Christmas. As you might know we read the book right before the holidays and it made me really think about what Christmas is all about, beyond the presents!

In chapter two Gilbert K. Chesterton said- "When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?" In my opinion he is trying to say that we should be thankful for the things that we do have like arms, legs, eyes, ears, a brain, etc. but we are only grateful when we get presents or other material things. In chapter five Calvin Coolidge said- "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." To me, Calvin Coolidge is saying that Christmas isn't just about the presents. It's about cherishing the things you do have, rather then always wanting more.

The importance of your book is to teach us to enjoy the things we have and not always want more. Also, to cherish the things we have because some are not as fortunate as us. We should learn to be more generous, learn to share with one another, and to help others. Christmas is a time to enjoy life, family, and friendship. Although presents are nice this is not the main reason for Christmas.

I enjoyed this book very much and I learned a lot about the meaning of true Christmas spirit. True Christmas spirit is far beyond the presents, it's about being happy for the things you do have, not always wanting more. Being happy for the things you have takes time and makes you really think of the people who aren't as fortunate to have a Christmas like ours.

Yours truly,
Matille G.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi! My name is Connor, and I am a student in Ms Chadroff's 5th period class. I thought The Paper Bag Christmas was one of the best I've read.

I really liked the book because it expressed the true meaning of Christmas. It showed me Christmas is more than just receiving presents and saying "Merry Christmas!" to everyone you meet. One part that really expressed this was near the end of the book, when Molar reads Katrina's list. When it said" All I want for Christmas is... A friend," It almost made me sad. Another part that showed this was when Molar and Aaron were at the mall. When Dr. Ringle tells them they will receive "a greater gift better than anything you can think of," it made me think "What's the gift?" Then, when the gift is finally revealed, I thought "That is anything better than I can think of." Christmas spirit is truly the greatest gift of all.

This book changed the way I look at Christmas. Christmas is a time for well-being, friendship, and most importantly, holiday spirit. It made me go out to a charity meet a few weeks ago to give presents to those who aren't as fortunate as I am. Almost 300 people came to the meet. I was touched to see so many people arriving to help the needy. The Paper Bag Christmas also taught me the true meaning of family. It told me Christmas is a time for friendship, not fighting.

This book is truly amazing. It made me think "a little help can go a long way." I have a sister who is going into seventh grade in 2 years, and I know she will love this book, for she is a very strong reader.

Yours truly,
Connor S.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne

Hi Mr. Milne my name is Maria I am in Mrs. Chadroff's fifth period. Your book The Paper Bag Christmas was very inspirational because now i feel doing a good deed, and helping the people in need is better than any gift you can get. I also recommend it to everyone. The Paper Bag Christmas is the best holiday book I have ever read.

The Paper Bag Christmas has many different emotions and feelings. It depends on how you look at it. For instance some people might find it happy because of the connections of love and care. some people might find it sad because of the death and sickness. I find it happy and sad because of the care and death and how they connect so well.

Your book has changed me drastically. One way it has changed r book, I am thankful for what I have. Not everyone is as fortunate as we are, because we get food and shelter and not everyone gets those things. As i feel the importance of your book is to tel people to not be so spoiled , and to be thankful for what you have because someone out there could love to have what you have.

In conclusion The Paper Bag Christmas is inspirational, sad, and heart warming. This book makes you feel good inside. I feel everyone should do good deeds like Molar and Aaron did. The feeling you get inside when you are doing a good deed is the best gift you can ever get


Your fan,
hresMaria

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, my name is Daniel, and I am a student at A.E Wright Middle School in Ms. Chadroff's 5th period class, and my class has recently read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. I enjoyed reading your book for many reasons, and I will tell you these reasons over the course of this letter.

One reason I enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas was for the interesting characters. You created all of the characters, and they all fit into the puzzle completely. From the fast-talking Madhu to the shy and stubborn Katrina, you kept all of them into the story without leaving any out. Another thing I really enjoyed book, was the emotion and message of it. You really emphasized the meaning of kindness and happiness in stressful times to the reader. The way you wrote the dialogue really made the reader sad for Katrina, but happy for Madhu at the same time. This story was also very detailed. Reading the book made me feel like I was with Molar and Allen through the entire thing.

After reading your book, Christmas didn't seem as much of a receiving holiday, but a holiday where you are grateful for the people around you, and where you don't care what you receive. Your book encouraged me to be rich in spirit rather than in worldly possessions. I have a feeling that other kids who read this book before, me feel the same way. Your book has great importance. It has the power to make people feel more grateful for their health and possessions. The book also has the power to make people want to serve others, or donate to charity.

The Paper Bag Christmas was truly a great book to read with my class for many reasons, and I am glad to have read it. I am happy for the people who will read your book for the years to come.

Yours Truly,
Daniel B.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,


Hi, my name is Tristan, I am in Ms. Chadroff's fifth period English class. The Paper Bag Christmas was a heartwarming and inspirational novel, I was truly touched.

I enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas because it helps people understand that you can't judge a person by their appearance but you should get to know their personality. I also learned that Christmas isn't only about giving and receiving gifts. Christmas is about bringing joy to others, especially those in need, not just kids with cancer, but anyone who is struggling in life.

Since reading The Paper Bag Christmas I have been changed by the sad story of Katrina, her cancer and her wish. The importance of this book was to teach people that Christmas means more than gifts , it's about spending time with family and friends. It's also about helping the people in need.

The Paper Bag Christmas is an inspirational and heartwarming novel, I am very happy to have read your book! I will be sure to continue reading your books, they are amazing!

Yours Truly,
Tristan W.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, my name is Holden, and I am one of Mrs. Chadroff's students in her fifth period class. l would like to say that The Paper Bag Christmas is one of my favorite books because it teaches people the true meaning of Christmas. Also, I love all of he plots, twists, and surprises. the story was sad but also inspiring

While reading The paper Bag Christmas, I really liked the life lessons in the story. For example, when Mo and Aaron were still friends with katrina even though she had scars and a bag over her head. I learned that people should not be judged by their appearances. This is an important lesson because kids can sometimes be judgmental. Another reason I liked The Paper Bag Christmas is that it teaches people the true meaning of Christmas. At first, Mo and Aaron wanted all these cool toys, but after volunteering at the hospital with the sick children, they realized that Christmas is about friendship and family instead of expensive presents. This is a good lesson because people should spend the holidays with their friends and family and not be greedy.

Reading The Paper Bag Christmas changed my view of the holidays. Before reading this book, i thought toys and gifts were the purpose of Christmas, but now i understand that the holidays is more about the thought put into the gift. I plan to serve others by spreading the meaning of Christmas. I want to teach people about friends and serving the community. Maybe I will help others by bringing cookies to the fire station. I think everyone should be grateful around the holidays.

Now that I have understood the true meaning of Christmas, I will share it with my friends. Even if a person;s gift is not what they wanted they should still be grateful for it. Sometimes, this might be harder for a little kid. Maybe some day you could write a sequel to This story and we can read it in school.

Yours truly,
Holden R.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

Hello, my name is Michelle.I'm in Ms.Chadroff's 5th period class. When I first read Paper Bag Christmas the book took me by the hand and I couldn't let go.I was just so interesting.It was such a marvelous book I wanted to read it again.

The reason why I thought this book was marvelous is because it was comical.A part in this book that was funny was when Molar sat on Dr.Ringles lap, and his legs inflated!Poor Molar. Another reason why I think Paper Bag Christmas was good is because I actually got something from the book.Meaning I learned the true meaning of Christmas. I don't celebrate Christmas, but now I know what it is about.

After reading the book I now help and donate to others in need of clothes or food.For example, at our school we have a fundraiser called,"Adopt A Family," which is when you try to give food,clothes, and gift cards to the Troops. When I got home I sorted through all the clothes that were to small or to big for me. Then I searched through the pantry for food we will probably never eat. After I got everything, I put it in a big box, and took it to school. I felt very good about the mitzvah,a deed in Hebrew, I just did. I think your book is very important. Paper Bag Christmas teaches you about friendship,caring, and helping out others. I hope many children all over the world will read this book.

I think you are an outstanding author. You left me with mixed emotions at the end of the book;happy, tearful, and inspired.I hope you continue to write more books. Don't you think everyone should experience what Molar had?

Your fan,
Michelle P.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Ariel and I really enjoyed your book The Paper Bag Christmas. Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, It was still interesting to learn about through a facinating story about interesting characters like Dr. Ringle.

In this book, I enjoyed a lot of meaningful parts. One reason and example would be when Katrina took off her bag which was actually her most prized possesion. I also liked the character Timothy, who was curious if Dr. Ringle was really Santa Claus. I liked these parts because they contained unusual characters that really made the story by creating adventorous conflicts like finding the real Santa.

This book was important because of the fact that you should help others in need. A part that expresses this idea would be when Madhu gives his speech about unfortune at the Christmas pagent. He even stated that his gift to Jesus is to care for each other.

So this is why I liked your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. Even though it is based on a certain holiday, it was still a very thoughtful. So I hope everyone gets a copy of this amazing book.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi I am Chris in Ms. Chadroff's fifth period class. Your book is well written. The Paper Bag Christmas is not only touching, but inspirational as well.

The Paper Bag Christmas makes me sad and happy at the same time. It makes me happy knowing Katrina continued to make people smile even after she passed away. I felt sad Molar witnessed his best friend die. I liked all the friendships that formed throughout the story. I was happy to see Molar form such a strong bond with Katrina, because it was her only wish. Katrina also became friends with Madhu and Aaron which made me glad.

The importance of this book is to show that Christmas is not about receiving presents, but giving to those in need. Molar went to the children's hospital to give the kid's wish lists to Santa. I can relate to how Molar must have felt because last Christmas I went to Skidrow, and gave blankets to homeless people. Family and friends are important because you need someone to share your feelings with, your ups and downs with, and your life with. Katrina told Molar all about her life, and she shared her feelings with him too. My cousins are not just family, but two of my best friends. I feel like I can tell them anything.

This is one of the best books i ever read. This book has inspired me to be a better person in society. I think you should write a sequel about Katrina's life before Molar.

Yours Truly,
Chris

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

Hi! my name is Anya J. and I am in period 5 of Ms.Chadroff's class. I love the Paper Bag Christmas! Before I read this book, I thought Christmas was all just about getting presents. But now I see that it's the complete opposite!

I think you wrote this book because you wanted to show the true meaning of Christmas to everyone. And that you also wanted to share that a lot of people out there are in a hospital just like in the Paper Bag Christmas, who know that they are not going to be alive much longer! How can that not make you feel grateful that you are able to have a chance to live your life?


Your entire book was amazing but my favorite chapter was the epilouge. It is my favorite because Katrina gives Mhadu her liver and the janitor the money he needs to help his brother. It was that kind of chapter that made the book unforgettable. It made me feel like I need to help people out there!


I am so happy that I was able to read this book. I hope that everyone gets to read this book because it will change the way you see Christmas, and the world. Thank you so much for writing this book. I will never forget it.

Sincerely,
Anya J.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Milne,
My name is Nicole. I am in Mrs. Chadroff's fifth period class. We have just finished your book paper bag Christmas. I enjoyed the book, but at the same time, thought it was very sad.

I loved how you made the character Madhu talk really fast. I also, liked how all or most of the kids in the hospital were so sassy! But don't worry that's a complement. I loved how you described Katrina took the bag off her head. I got a full mental picture.

You're book has changed my life. Now I am less greedy and don't want everything. Like for instance, this Christmas I was exited to get something cool like a camera so I could take beautiful pictures. Instead I got three pairs of P.J's, undies, and socks. No camera. I was still happy with what I got. I even got some colorful makeup, so I could look like a candy cane just like Katrina.

All and all I really liked you're book. It was full of comedy and drama. Me and a lot of my friends cried when we read the book. The tears coming out of our eyes were both tears of sadness and tears of joy. So its sort of a win, win.

Yours truly,
Nicole K.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Deziree I'm in Ms. chadroff's 5th period ELA class. I truly admire the Paper Bag Christmas. It showed multiple ways to view Christmas. On Christmas morning I explained the true meaning of Christmas to my parents. They looked stunned that I took the time to explain Christmas before i opened my presents. They explained to me that Christmas shouldn't be about the materialistic things in life. It should be about spending quality time with your family.

One of the two reasons I enjoyed this novel is because it taught me to charish time with someone special because you never know when there time will end. We have to remember time is precious in this world. My second and most favorite reason is giving back to the less fortunate. Next Christmas I'm looking into volunteering at a soup kitchen. I realized taking time out of my holiday vacation isn't the greatest deal in the world because some people aren't as fortunate as others. Some families don't have homes, or anything to eat. I feel I need to be more thankful for all the blessings I have.

The importance of family,friendship, and serving others is a big concept in life. Spending time with family is always going to be important to me especially when I get older because as you and your family grow time runs out. I also like spending time with my friends because my friends are fun. I believe there is a balance of spending time with the people you love like family and friends.

The main purpose I'm writing this letter is to not only compliment you on your novel but share how it has influenced the way I now view Christmas. The Paper Bag Christmas is a book I recommend to pre-teens like myself that haven't read this truly amazing holiday novel. I hope this novel will be around for my own children to read, So they could experience the feelings I did towards this outstanding novel.

Yours truly,
Deziree.G

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne

My name is Idris, and I am in Ms. Chadroff's 5th period class. I think The Paper Bag Christmas was a huge success, and probably the best holiday book I have ever read.
I like The Paper Bag Christmas because it talks about the true meaning of Christmas, and giving. I thought it was nice how Molar would do anything to get Katrina into the Christmas pageant. It was sweet how he got the angels to wear paper bags.
I think the importance of your book is to show others to be rich and spirit, and not greedy. The meaning of Christmas is about family and friendship. After reading your book, I am going to serve others by doing volunteer work.
Overall, The Paper Bag Christmas is a great book, and i will be sure to show my friends and family in hopes they see Christmas in a different way. Next Christmas will be different way.

Sincerely,
Idris

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Milne,

Hello my name is Sam. I am in Ms.Chadroff's fifth period class. In her class when we finished The Paper Bag Christmas, I was fascinated! I thought this was a great read and it was an intriguing story.

I think one reason this book was great because it showed that people change through a period of time. During the part when Katrina dies was one of the saddest part of a story I have ever read! It was sad because through time we got to know Katrina and we got to know that her being in the condition that she was in that she could make her life last with an an abundant amount of ways. Another reason I like the book was because Molar and Aaron at the end when they received they received their best Christmas presents ever, which was to help other than yourself. Your book was amazing that brought great Christmas moments in it.

In the beginning of the book I thought it was just any other Christmas book, but at the end I realized the importance of your book, to give to those in need and receive a better gift than a toy, but a present in your heart.After reading the book it made me want to change, to help others than myself. I went and helped homeless people by giving them food and money.

I thought this was a very well written book by my critique. All in all I loved the book and it was amazing with a hint of fun, a dash of sadness, a sprinkle of friendship, and a whole lot of love.Who knows you might write a sequel.

Regards,
Sam M.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

Hello Mr.Milne, I am Bella from Ms.Chadroff's 5 period class.Paper Bag Christmas is an extremely touching book. The fact that you put the whole book through a nine year old's eyes shows how he learned a very important lesson in life.As many writers try to put purpose to their books but do not entirely reach it, you did. There are many books with the same idea of yours but Paper Bag Christmas reaches it with joy, love and humor.

Paper Bag Christmas was a wonderful book. A part I really enjoyed was how Molar and Aaron sacrificed their amazing list of gifts after working in the hospital. Because they discover the real purpose of Christmas is not about material things. It's truly amazing how Dr.Ringle gave Aaron and Molar their first real Christmas. After all Aaron did not want his Air Road Jammer he was just happy of being able to help around the hospital. I love the part the part when Aaron tells Mr.Rigle there is nothing more he can possibly give them, just being able to work in the hospital and having their new friends was just enough. Yet my favorite part was Katrina's gifts to everyone. A new liver for Madhu, the secret paperbag to Molar, and her fortune to pay Frank's younger brother's medical bill. To some people Katrina might have looked dark outside but there was a very bright shining light inside of her. For katrina a friend was most important of all, she knew the real meaning of Christmas.

After reading this book I learned Christmas time is not about getting gifts, but about spending time with family,friends and being able to help others. This has changed me by realizing that it should make me happy to help others more than getting material things. I am so much more hopeful and excited about Christmas now. The power of happiness goes through family, friends, serving others, loving and giving. The importance of Paper Bag Christmas is that. This book might make someone a better person. Family is good for your heart, friends are good for your smile and helping others in good for your spirit.

I thanks you for writing this amazing book, it made me sob like a baby once I was reading . This changed my way looking at Christmas. Happy holiday and I thank you again for your outstanding job.

Yours truly,
Bella C.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Anaya and I am in Ms. Chadroff's 5th period class. I loved your book The Paper Bag Christmas! It was very sad on some parts, but very happy on others. When Ms. Chadroff said we were going to read this book I was thrilled.

What I liked in the book was Lynn stood up for Katrina in the play rehearsal. My other favorite part was when Katrina pulled Mo on stage with her. It was sweet!

I think the importance of you writing this book was to show kids that there might be one last chance to see someone special in your life and also to show kids that Christmas is not all about presents, it's to spend time with your family. I have changed by reading this book because now I know that I need to participate in more with helping the sickly. I am very happy you wrote this book!

Thanks you very for writing this because it changed my life. Since I am a kid, yeah, I think Christmas is for presents, but after reading this, to me it's not about presents anymore.

Love Always,
Anaya P.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Olivier, I was born in D.C. on March, 8. I went to school there, and I am now in 7th grade at A.E. Wright Middle School in Southern California. I am in Ms.Chadroff's 5th period class. I enjoy many things, one of which includes reading. When we read your book in class, I was very intrigued by it. Your book The Paper Bag Christmas was inspiring too.

The reasons I enjoyed it was because, it was inspiring, and it pulls the reader right into the story. It was inspiring because it teaches you that the best thing is to give, not to receive, after Molar learned his gift was knowing that he helped out and made people happy. It makes people want to give to others too. The way it pulls the reader into the story, is that there is a reason to continue on, suspense that will pull you further. Whether it is to find out what Molar and his brother signed up to do, or to find out what their gift turned out to be, you can't always guess what is going to happen next. Most people would not have guessed that their gift was just serving others.

I have served others in many ways in the past. I have done community service at church, I have made snack packs for the homeless, and I also helped a neglected, homeless girl in Honduras by donating money to help her get food, and an education. Now my mom and I are going to feed, and distribute blankets, toothbrushes, socks, etc. to the homeless. The importance of serving others is to show them that they are wanted, loved, and that people care about them. The importance of friendship is that there is someone who accepts you for who you are, and they will always be there for you. Finally, the importance of family is to provide support for one another, and have the other persons back.

I believe that the importance of all these things is taught throughout the book. The book is very well written, it can be enjoyed by many age groups, and the message provided, teaches a valuable lesson that we will always keep in mind. Though, in reality, you have to help yourself, before you can help others, like they say on the plane, secure your own mask before assisting others

Sincerely,
Olivier

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Welcome to the world of love, support, and faith. This is the world of April. Hi, I'm April from Ms. Chadroff's 5th period class. Your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, has changed my point of view on how I see everything. You have made my world so much better.

I could name a billion reasons why I loved your novel. Specifically, there are three reasons that really stand out to me. First, you showed us it is important to give to others. Being selfish is a horrible to do. Thinking of others before yourself makes you feel something inside that is unexplainable. It's such a marvelous feeling. If you don't help others then who will? Next, I really loved your novel because it shows the reader to always have faith and believe. The Paper Bag Christmas helps us not to give up and gives us strength to keep going. This can help anyone through a tough time. It lifts our spirit. Finally, it was a great read because you put the thought of being thankful into our hearts. Some people can't even comprehend how lucky they are. Especially, when other are struggling to put food on the table. After I read your book I was a thousands times more grateful for what I have. The Paper Bag Christmas shows us the true meaning of Christmas.

I have a countless amount of people that I care about. Everyone deserves love and support. You don't need anything else besides your family and friends. They are with you through the crazy adventure that is life. I don't know where I would be without my loved ones. I have been serving others because of your novel. From the big help to the small help. It is the best feeling in the world that you are making the lives of others better. I wouldn't trade that feeling for the world.

The Paper Bag Christmas is such a moving story. A single tear would fall here and there. I have nothing but amazing comments about your book. I am very picky with books I read. It is hard for me to enjoy a book. I loves your novel so much that I am going to start reading like a bookworm. I don't know what I would have done without reading The Paper Bag Christmas. I would have been a total mess. Thank you so much for writing the book of my life! Believe it or not you actually changed the world. Well, my world at least.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne

My name is Griffin and I think that your book is amazing and very heartwarming.

I liked it because it sends a good message like how Molar and Aaron volunteer at a hospital to help sick children. I also like it because it was suspenseful and hard to put down. For example when Katrina and Molar do the gurney races and you don't know what happens to Katrina or who won.

I think that this book is very important because it shows what it means to help others in need. I have helped others by bringing in food and movies for troops in the war. I also helped others by donating jackets to people who lost everything in the hurricane.

I know what it means to help others and how good it feels. I am glad that you wrote this incredible book to show others about giving and not getting. Who knows maybe someday I will volunteer at a hospital.

Sincerely,
Griffin P

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Noah D. I am from Mrs. Cox's 6th period class. I recently read The Paper Bag Christmas and I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed it because it was exciting and interesting
I found The Paper Bag Christmas exciting and interesting because Molar and Aaron started out selfish but experience a life-changing event. By being forced to go to the mall, they met Dr. Ringle, the mall Santa Claus, who invited them to go to the hospital to visit sick children. While at the hospital, Molar met a kid named Timothy, who claimed that Dr. Ringle was Santa Claus. He also met a girl named Katrina, who he befriended even though everyone else made fun of her. These children change Molar and Aaron's life.
Since reading this story, I have realized that friendship, family, and helping others is important. Friendship is important because it's hard to have fun when you have no friends. Family is important because it provides you with shelter, food, and safety. Serving others is important because it teaches you compassion, and how to put others first.
I thank you once again for writing this book. I think that this kind of kind of story is important because you learn to be kind and compassionate to others. I thought that it was interesting and exciting; because of this story, I now want to grow up and become a writer.

Sincerely,

Noah D.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

Hi! My name is Eli, and I am a seventh grader in Mrs.Kimball's sixth period class who goes to A.E. Wright Middle School.I have recently read your wonderful, touching book, The Paper Bag Christmas with my class. It was outstanding! I just loved how well-written the book was and the tremendous details that you included. The Paper Bag Christmas is one of my favorite books.
I thought it was amazing because of the action and characters. For example, when Molar and Katrina went racing down the top floor. I thought that was a clever idea. Next, are the different traits and personalities of the characters. For example, Madhu. I just love his outgoing attitude and his intelligent way he talks. Also, with Molar, I like how he is somewhat awkward around people at first, but when he gets to know them he gets more comfortable with them.
Lastly, I do believe that if anyone read this book that person will change in a good way. This book really changed me by really experiencing how hard it is for the sick and how they long for a normal, healthy childhood. I have heard about it on the news, but reading an actual detailed book about it really made me realize how hard it is. Also, I am going to help others as much well. This book has taught me that helping others is the best thing that anyone can do.
In conclusion, The Paper Bag Christmas is a true heart warmer, Mr. Milne. This book shows that there can still be genuine people out there. Also, this book was simply outstanding and I will recommend it to all of my family and friends to read it. I may not a whole genuine person quite yet, but I will strive for it.

Yours truly,
Eli

January 9, 2013

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Andrew and I'm in Mrs. Kimball's sixth period class. I truly enjoyed reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas. Your story reminded me that Christmas isn't only about receiving presents. Christmas is a time for family, friends, and being grateful for what you have.

In The Paper Bag Christmas, I liked how Katrina donated her liver to Madhu and her life savings to the janitor. It made me feel joyous when Madhu received his new liver and became healthy again. Reading about Katrina donating her life savings to the janitor so he could pay off the bills for his sick brother in the hospital inspired me to think of others who are less fortunate in my community. Also, I enjoyed how you illustrated each character speaking in their native accent. This added amusement to the story. For example, Madhu talking super fast really made me chuckle.

First of all, reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas has really made me think about how I can help others during the holiday season. Your book has really changed my perspective about the holidays, and what Christmas means to me. Next, I think the importance of your book is to teach kids, and even adults about the true meaning of the holidays. The holidays aren't only about receiving presents, it's about spending time with your family and being thankful for what you have.

Your book is very interesting, amusing, and even heart-warming at times. It made me think twice about what I do or say during the holiday season. Reading your book has made me appreciate the life I have. All in all, The Paper Bag Christmas is great book to teach people the true meaning of the holidays.


Sincerely,
Andrew

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi, my name is Trey. I read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, with my language arts class. Mrs. Kimball, my teacher for sixth period, definitely picked a great book for us to read during the holiday season!
In The Paper Bag Christmas, I really liked how all of the characters had awesome personalities which added to the greatness of the story. Even small characters such as Nurse WImble, or the Janitor, had great lines. Also, I liked when all the angels agreed to wear bags on their head for Katrina. That moment was beautiful. It made the story even more heartwarming than it already was.
I believe the importance of family, friendship, and serving others is to be caring, and to have goodwill. Also, you should have empathy towards others like Molar did to all of the patients. Now that I have read this book, I'm going to serve others by trying to give more during the holiday season. I will find out what my friends and family would like and try to get it for them.
The writing style, the quotes on each chapter, and the great characters are just a few of the many things I liked about The Paper Bag Christmas. I would like to read your other books. Lastly, I hope you write many more.

Yours truly,
Trey

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hello, my name is Ruby. I am in Mrs. Kimball's seventh grade, sixth period, honors language arts class. We had the honor to read you book, The Paper Bag Christmas. It was a fantastic story.
There were many reasons I loved this book. It was the type of book you don't want to put down once you've started reading. I liked how Molar and Aaron connected to other characters. For example, when Dr. Ringle told Aaron to visit with Madhu, they seemed to have made a friendship right away. Another reason I enjoyed the book is how thoughtful and loving Katrina was even though she had a condition. I remember a time when I met a girl with autism and despite her condition she always seemed happy and loving.
After reading this book, I have really thought about the true meaning of Christmas. Receiving presents and having people spend money on you isn't what Christmas is about. It's about being around friends and family. I have changed inside, and I didn't expect any huge Christmas present this year. Instead I focused on spending time with the people I love and who make me happy. This book shows the importance of what Christmas is really about. It shows that you should be thankful for what you have and not take advantage of the holidays. The importance of friendship is also shown in the story. Instead of opening presents on Christmas morning, Molar went to the hospital. During this part in the book I was crying because it was so touching.
This story can change the way one acts, thinks, and speaks. A truly inspiring story, it is. I would like to compliment you, Mr, Milne, on this amazing story about the true meaning of Christmas. If everyone read this book, I believe the world would be a better, happier place.

Yours truly,
Ruby

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Bennett and I'm twelve years old. I'm also in Mrs. Kimball's seventh grade class. In our language arts class this year we read one of your many terrific novels The Paper Bag Christmas. Although this novel was quite tragic, it also inspired me to go help others that are in need.
In the novel I barely disliked anything except for a few parts, but I did like a lot of things. For example, I liked how all the angels put paper bags on their heads to show that Katrina isn't very different from anyone else. I also liked how Mo was willing to participate in a gurney race to get Katrina to try out for the pageant. It was very inspiring to see someone willing to do anything to make someone happy.
I have changed a lot since I read The Paper Bag Christmas. It showed me that no matter how bad your life is right now there are always people who have tougher lives than you. That's why you should help other people whether it's donating food or helping at your local animal shelter. Your novel has a ton of meanings, but the importance of your novel is you never know how long you're going to live your life so you have to live every day of your life as if it's your last. Katrina was supposed to die a year before the present day Christmas, but all she ever did was lay in her bed all day alone until Mo came along and brought he joy and happiness. which is why she was always so grumpy like the Grinch.
All in all, The Paper Bag Christmas was a very good story except when Katrina died that was extremely sad. Even though your life is gloomy there is always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter what.

Ariel Aramnia said...

Dear Mr.Mine,
My name is Ariel I am currently a student at A.E.Wright Middle School.I am in 7th grade. I absolutely love your book The Paper Bag Christmas. I enjoyed it very much.
The Paper Bag Christmas was a very heartwarming book. I almost cried when Katrina donated her live to Madhu. Also, when she gave Frank the money to pay for his brothers medical bill. Franks brother had also been a patient in the same hospital as Madhu and Katrina. Another reason I loved was because it had a great hook. I couldn't stop reading it. At the end of the chapter, I would never want to put the book down. I had to force myself not to read ahead.
I have change a lot since reading this book. I have been giving back more to people less fortunate than me. It really taught me to be courteous to others.
I told my family members and they were inspired. We visited the local hospital and we gave toys and stuffed animals to the children at the hospital. If you don't read this book, you're missing out. This is truly an amazing book. You can read this book as many times as you want and it will still be incredible book. I wish I had read this earlier. I'm surprised this book hasn't won an award.
Sincerely
Ariel

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi my name is Connor and I am in Mrs. Kimball's Seventh Grade Honors English class. We just read The Paper Bag Christmas and I thought that it was a truly moving book that I really enjoyed.
I liked the book because it was a deeply heart-warming book that will move anyone who reads it. It is heart-warming because it makes you think about how good your life is especially when Katrina passes away. I also liked this book because it had a very good story to it. It had a good story because when it ended it left your heart smiling while your eyes teared up.
I have really changed since reading this book because it really gave me a new perspective on the holiday season. It made me realize that I should be grateful for the more important things in life that I have instead of thinking only about what I want. Just like how Molar decided that he didn't need anything for Christmas because he was already so lucky that he was healthy and that he could spend Christmas morning at home with his family instead of lying down in a hospital bed. The Paper Bag Christmas also taught me that helping others can be even more rewarding than getting tons of presents. This book taught me that when Mo and Aaron realized that they liked helping the people in the children's hospital more that anything else.
As you can see I definitely think that this book was a very moving book that has changed my perspective on almost everything. It makes me want to read more of your books in the future.

Your truly,
Connor Kelly

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi. My name is Cailee. I am a student in Mrs. Kimball's sixth period, Honors, English class at A. E. Wright Middle School. Recently, we read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. This book is a heart-felt Christmas story that I very much enjoyed.
In the book, there were many lessons about the true meaning of Christmas. When Katrina decided to join the Christmas Pageant, I thought that it really brought her out of her shell, even though she didn't want to do it. Mo, Aaron, and Madhu were so excited and couldn't believe that she was going to do the pageant. When Nurse Wimble said that there were no more parts for Katrina and said that she looked stupid with the paper bag on her head, my heart sunk for Katrina. I loved when Madhu and Lynn stood up for Katrina, and forced Nurse Wimble to give her a part. When Lynn said, "If Katrina doesn't have a part, then neither do I!" I think that made Katrina feel really good inside. Also, when Madhu received the letter from Katrina, I felt extremely joyful for him and his family. I think that just because you are not Christian or Catholic, doesn't mean you cannot have the Christmas spirit in you. For example, I am not Catholic or Christian, but I still have fun with Christmas.
Your book sends a very good message out to everyone that not many books have. The importance of your book, in my opinion, is that Christmas isn't all about receiving gifts, it is about giving and being thankful for what you have. We are very lucky to be living with with care and to be alive. Giving a gift is better than getting a gift, in my opinion. Even though we all like to get gifts, it is not all about us. Christmas is a time to be selfless and think of others, too. This holiday season, I got presents for my mom, my dad, and my brothers with my money. I have changed since reading this book because I have learned not to take health for granted. I personally am usually in a cast because I have very fragile bones. Kids with cancer and other deadly diseases don't always survive, and sadly, we don't always remember and think about that.
Mo and Aaron learn to help others, and not only get gifts. Even though Mo wanted many things that were on his Christmas Wish List, there was only one gift that mattered to him in the end. Giving, not getting. In conclusion, your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, has taught many people the Christmas is not always about receiving gifts. Christmas is about giving. "Christmas magic is silent. You don't hear it, you feel it, you know it, and you believe it."
Your truly,
Cailee

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Liza W. and I am in Mrs. Cox's 6th period class. I really enjoyed reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas.
One reason why I liked The Paper Bag Christmas is how you completely changed my mind about the holidays. Before my class read your book, I did not know how unfortunate sick children are. By reading this novel, I learned how important Christmas really is. Another reason why I liked reading The Paper Bag Christmas is because I realized that it is better to give than to receive. Santa gave Katrina a friend because that is all she ever wanted. Before Katrina died, she gave Madhu a new liver so he could go home with his family and live a long and healthy life. She also gave Frank her trust fund which helped pay for his brother's medical bills. They all gave something to make someone else as happy as possible.
The importance of your book to me, is how you changed the way I thought about Christmas and made me realize how fortunate I am. I am so lucky to be healthy and have a family and friends who care about me.After reading The Paper Bag Christmas I have changed because I have stopped being so greedy and I have focused on the more important things. I have become so much more grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life.
The Paper Bag Christmas is truly an amazing book. I am so happy I got the chance to read it. It was such a great novel and it really touched my heart. I could read it a billion times and it wouldn't get boring or old. It would just be as amazing as it was the first time. I am proud and happy to say that the Paper Bag Christmas is one of my favorite books.
Sincerely,
Liza W.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Adam and I am in Mrs.Kimball's sixth period class. Honestly, I thought The Paper Bag Christmas was outstanding. I loved the Christmas spirit throughout the whole book.
I really enjoyed the way Mo progressed throughout the book. At first, he wrote about a million things on his Christmas list, but at the end of the book he only wanted love from his family. Additionally, I was amazed by Katrina. By donating her liver to Madhu, she truly showed Christmas spirit. Also she gave her pride to Mo by giving him her paper bag. So, I was truly touched by Katrina because of her bravery.
I have changed immensely by reading your book. Now I know the importance of goodwill and holidays. I just donated all of my toys from when I was a kid to charity. The Paper Bag Christmas taught me that Christmas is about giving and being with your family. So that is exactly what I did for Christmas. The Paper Bag Christmas was so amazing because it showed me how fortunate I really am.
The Paper Bag Christmas inspired me to never give up and anything can happen if you put your mind to it. I never thought I would, but now I know what Christmas is really about. You made me realize how fortunate I really am, and now I don't complain about silly things such as not getting dessert.

Sincerely,
Adam

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi, my name is Olivia and I am in Mrs. Kimball's 7th grade 6th period Honors English class. When we read The Paper Bag Christmas in class, I thought it was an amazing story with a great theme that I learned a lot from.
The first part that I loved about The Paper Bag Christmas was how Mo became a great friend to Katrina when that was all she wanted for Christmas. I really enjoyed how Mo and all the other angels went on stage for the Christmas pageant with paper bags over their heads, so Katrina wouldn't be the only one wearing a paper bag. I really liked this part of the story because I liked how Katrina had Mo as a friend before she died, so she was happy. The second part I loved about The Paper Bag Christmas was how Katrina donated her healthy liver to Madhu when she died. I liked this part because it was Madhu's Christmas wish to get a new liver, and that was exactly what he got. This showed that Katrina cared deeply for others about their healthiness and their happiness.
This book has changed me in so many ways. I have learned to be a lot more thankful for what I have such as a loving family and being healthy. Even though I only read this book a couple of weeks ago, I have learned to appreciate everything ever since. The importance of your book in my opinion, was to teach people to be more grateful for what they have in their life. The book also teaches people that they don't need much to be happy. All it really takes sometimes is to have someone that loves and cares about you. This book has made me think about how many people aren't healthy and don't have a loving family, which makes me think I am very lucky I do.
I really enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas because it really had a wonderful story to it. It was a really good book to read, especially if you wanted a quick, heartwarming story about love and friendship. This book had a great theme about being thankful for everything and anything you have in life.
Yours truly,
Olivia

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
I am a student here at A. E. Wright Middle School. My name is Destiny, and I am in Mrs.Kimball's language arts class, period six. We read your wonderful book, The Paper Bag Christmas, in class, and I enjoyed it very much.
One reason I really liked The Paper Bag Christmas is because it was entertaining to read. When Mo and Aaron first met Madhu, they learned that he talked really fast which was funny. Another thing that made this book entertaining is Dr. Ringle. Nobody believed that Dr. Ringle was actually Chris Kringle when he really was, and Mo didn't find out until the end. The second reason why I liked this book is because it has a meaning to it. Christmas is a time to be grateful for everything we have and to be generous. One example is Katrina. She unfortunately died due to a horrible illness, but before she died, she gave Madhu her liver, and she helped pay for another person's hospital bill.
To me, the importance of The Paper Bag Christmas is that it teaches everybody the true meaning of Christmas. The meaning of Christmas is to be grateful, to be kind to one another, and to enjoy it. Mo and Aaron learn the meaning of Christmas, and they end up not asking for anything. The present they received though, is learning the true Christmas meaning. Also, another thing that I think is the importance of this book is that beauty comes from within and looks do not matter. For example, Katrina was a sweet girl, but she didn't like her appearance. She thought that her appearance matters, but what really matters, is her personality because that's what made her beautiful. After reading this book, I think I have changed. I wasn't looking forward to receiving lots of presents on Christmas, but I was looking forward to seeing my family healthy and joyful.
This book, The Paper Bag Christmas, is meaningful and touching. It was an amazing book overall. I hope everybody who read your book learned the importance of Christmas.

Yours truly,
Destiny

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Sydney. I'm a seventh grader in Mrs. Kimball's sixth period English Language Arts Honors Class. I thought The Paper Bag Christmas was a bittersweet book.
There were many reasons why I liked this book. First,I think this book is similar to an orange because oranges can start out being tangy, but then become sweet. Like an orange, The Paper Bag Christmas is tangy or sad when Katrina dies, but sweet when Katrina gives her liver to Madhu, who is in need of one. I also liked this book when Molar persuades Katrina to join the Christmas pageant, so she could have holiday joy and fun.
This book changed my feelings toward the holiday by making me appreciate it is not just the joy of gifts under the tree, but appreciating what I already have. Family and friendship are very important in someone's life. They are a source of love and help when one needs it. They also provide joy when a person is feeling sad. I feel the bittersweetness of the book makes it a spectacular novel, well worth reading. This book has brought tears, but also smiles. Katrina may have passed on, but the things she has done will last forever.
Yours truly,
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Paris. I am in Ms. Cox's 7th grade, 6th period, English class.I read your book The Paper Bag Christmas, and it was one of my favorite books. It makes me want to cry, but at the same time my heart is smiling.
I liked this book a lot because it made me understand the true meaning of Christmas. It also made me understand that it's not on the outside that matters, it's what is in the inside that does. In the book I loved when Katrina wrote the note to Madhu saying that he should have her liver. It made me very emotional. I was touched that she would give away her liver for somebody else.
I have reshaped my attitude by reading this book. I have become a new person. I have gained so much confidence. The importance of this book is incredible! I learned that you don't have to be scared of who you are, you are you. The importance of family, friendship, and serving others is extremely important. Your family are the ones that are there for you. Your friends are there to catch you if you fall. Along with serving others is one of the most important ones. Being courteous is contagious. I am going to treat others the way I would want to be treated by them. I always tell my friends to treat others the way you would want to be treated.
The Paper Bag Christmas is an amazing and touching story about Christmas. It was an amazing story that touched my heart. This book was a great read! I really recommend this book for everybody!

Yours Truly,
Paris

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne
Hi! My name is Tanner, and I go to A.E.Wright Middle School. I am in Mrs.Cox's class 6th period. My class and I just read The Paper Bag Christmas. I was very moved by the story. In this story you showed how it is netter to give than receive.
There are many reasons I liked this book. One reason is the way you described the details of the story, and how the characters felt. For example, when you described Katrina when she was in the hospital and didn't want to see Dr.Ringle, or Molar, I could really feel what Katrina was feeling. The second reason I liked this book was how it is better to help people who are in need than enjoy your vacation and relax. For example, Molar and Aaron took out all of their winter break to help kids in need.
I think that you have reached out to almost every kid in my class to be a better person and go outand help kids in need. It has definitely inspired me to be a better person and reach out. I think this book is extremely important because some people don't really care for other people who are sick, and they should care for other people. The importance of family is like the importance of earth being here today. For example, you wouldn't be here if it wasn't for your family. Second you need a family to support you in life, and be there for you.
I really enjoyed this book and I hope to read more of your books. You have inspired me. Thank you. I hope you keep writing books like this one.
Yours truly,
Tanner

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Justina. I go to A.E.Wright middle school, and I am in 7th grade. I am in Mrs. Kimball's sixth period honors language arts class. Our class read one of your magnificent novels. It was called The Paper Bag Christmas. It was really touching and I loved it! I cried in some parts of the book because it was just amazing.
I personally like The Paper Bag Christmas because it was taught me the true meaning of Christmas along with friendship. It taught me the true meaning of Christmas and how Christmas isn't about the presents or the tree, but the time you spend to celebrate Jesus' birth and help others. The way Mo and Aaron changed from the beginning of the story to the end was incredible. This novel brought tears to my eyes as it thought me about friendship. The way Mo tried so hard to be Katrina's friend and to make her happy was so touching. Mo broke through Katrina's walls and got to her, but she also let him. They shared great moments together and my favorite was the moment of the paper bag because Katrina died. It was truly a great gift.
This book has truly changed me, my thoughts and ideas on Christmas. It has also showed me the importance of family, friendship, and serving others. Since I have read this book, I have been trying to act like Mo from the story. I have tried to be nicer, more caring, understanding, and considerate towards others. I have realized that without my family, there would be nothing of me. I would be lonely, I wouldn't even be breathing! It would be horrible to not have a family to be with every holiday and birthday that I celebrate. I have realized that without friendship, we would be living in a cruel, selfish, horrible world. My friends have truly brought out the best of me and I am glad I have them. Lastly, if no one served others and only took care for themselves, this world would be more selfish and more of a mess! We serve others not only for sympathy, but to feel better about ourselves.
My sixth period language arts class read The Paper Bag Christmas. It was truly a gift and it brought out the best of Christmas. It was one of the best books I have ever read, and I am so glad Mrs. Kimball shared it with us! It helped me learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Sincerely,
Justina

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello! My name is Alexis P. and I am in Mrs Kimball's sixth period class. I greatly enjoyed reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas in my class. It's serious yet sweet loving quality and bittersweetness warmed my heart.
One thing I loved about this book was the way all the characters were really connected and cared about each other. For instance, the moment in the last few chapters when the chorus of angels all agreed to wear bags like Katrina's was absolutely touching. Also, the bittersweetness in the end just about killed me. Katrina passes away, but is able to give Madhu her liver (with a tear-jerking letter). I felt so overwhelmed at that moment with all the guilty things that happened in my life, so depressed that something like Katrina's line of events happen every day.
Since reading this book, my mind has very much changed about kids that may be different in some way and cancer. Although your book isn't a true story, it is really based on depressing facts. I did some research and found out 46 kids in the US are diagnosed with cancer every day. Sadly, 1 out of every 5 kids diagnosed will pass away. Cancer is a disgusting disease that one day will hopefully be cured. From now on, every time I have a bake sale or lemonade stand, I'm going to donate half of it to children/teen/adult cancer research. They need the money a lot more than I do. I will also try to help out in my community at school and at home whenever I can. Before reading your book, I had read Out Of My Mind, a book that is about a super smart girl named Melody with a mental disability, who everyone just thinks of as 'that girl in the wheelchair.' I find this similar to The Paper Bag Christmas and Katrina's story. She is a bright, friendly girl, but everyone just thinks of her as 'that girl in the bag.' Both characters are mind-blowing seeing as what they've been through, but they're still strong.
Your book was really amazing to me. As an amateur author myself I can only dream of writing something so inspiring. I really hope a lot of people read your book so they can now see what cancer really does and the sheer goodness of caring and helping others. Now if only you could write a sequel about Molar's kids and their experience at the hospital. I really want to see who plays Dr. Madhukar's fourth wise man.

Sincerely yours,
Alexis P.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello! My name is Alexis P. and I am in Mrs Kimball's sixth period class. I greatly enjoyed reading your book The Paper Bag Christmas in my class. It's serious yet sweet loving quality and bittersweetness warmed my heart.
One thing I loved about this book was the way all the characters were really connected and cared about each other. For instance, the moment in the last few chapters when the chorus of angels all agreed to wear bags like Katrina's was absolutely touching. Also, the bittersweetness in the end just about killed me. Katrina passes away, but is able to give Madhu her liver (with a tear-jerking letter). I felt so overwhelmed at that moment with all the guilty things that happened in my life, so depressed that something like Katrina's line of events happen every day.
Since reading this book, my mind has very much changed about kids that may be different in some way and cancer. Although your book isn't a true story, it is really based on depressing facts. I did some research and found out 46 kids in the US are diagnosed with cancer every day. Sadly, 1 out of every 5 kids diagnosed will pass away. Cancer is a disgusting disease that one day will hopefully be cured. From now on, every time I have a bake sale or lemonade stand, I'm going to donate half of it to children/teen/adult cancer research. They need the money a lot more than I do. I will also try to help out in my community at school and at home whenever I can. Before reading your book, I had read Out Of My Mind, a book that is about a super smart girl named Melody with a mental disability, who everyone just thinks of as 'that girl in the wheelchair.' I find this similar to The Paper Bag Christmas and Katrina's story. She is a bright, friendly girl, but everyone just thinks of her as 'that girl in the bag.' Both characters are mind-blowing seeing as what they've been through, but they're still strong.
Your book was really amazing to me. As an amateur author myself I can only dream of writing something so inspiring. I really hope a lot of people read your book so they can now see what cancer really does and the sheer goodness of caring and helping others. Now if only you could write a sequel about Molar's kids and their experience at the hospital. I really want to see who plays Dr. Madhukar's fourth wise man.

Sincerely yours,
Alexis P.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello. My name is Sam and I am in Mrs. Kimball's seventh grade, sixth period, language arts class. Just before we went on break, our class finished The Paper Bag Christmas, and I loved the book. It makes me look at the holiday season in a totally different way. I am not one who emotionally tears up very much, but this was an exception for me. This story leaves me with mixed feelings about everything in general. It made me rethink what I wanted for Christmas. It made me want less and help more. I sadly didn't have any chance to volunteer even though I had the time. I am thinking about volunteering at a children's hospital this summer or in a year when the holiday season is upon us yet again.
There are many reasons why I loved The Paper Bag Christmas. The main reason is that it delivers a great message about giving. For example, in the end of the book, Katrina gave her liver to Madhu when it was the only thing she could give. It shows that there is always something to give in the hardest of times. Also, I love how you ended the book by referencing the beginning. For example, when Mo was an adult, his daughter was making leftover turkey sandwiches from Thanksgiving just like Mo. Also, I thought it was interesting how Madhu became the Santa at the mall. It made me smile and think about the beginning of the book as if I was taking the journey with Mo.
This book has a great importance in today's society. I don't think we acknowledge the basic needs in life. We just think of it as something with no importance. You hear people say, "I'm so thankful for my iPhone.", but you don't hear people say "I'm thankful for the roof above my head when I come home from work or school". We are all guilty of not thinking about the basic needs about life that we take for granted. I think that more people on Thanksgiving should think about what we are thankful for instead of watching football. We all need to think about how lucky we are to celebrate the holidays with our families.
All in all, I loved your book, and I think it made my whole class feel a bit more selfless. I believe that we should all be thankful for what we have, and we should do volunteer work no matter what season it is. I think that everyone should read your book. It will make everyone think differently. I also have a question, what inspired you to write this novel? Was it something to do with your own life? In the end, I loved your book and it changed my life. It makes me what to read more of your novels.
Best regards,
Sam R

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hi, my name is Trevyn. I am in Mrs.Cox's 6th period Language Arts class from A E Wright. When we read The Paper Bag Christmas I found it to be one how my favorite Christmas books. This novel was a funny, sad, and joyful book.
I like books like The Paper Bag Christmas. I like this book because this is the type of book that has suspense and makes you wonder what happens next. It seems like the book itself makes you keep on reading! This book as all the details that make books awesome. Like when Molar and Timothy go in Dr.Ringle's locker and finds hints that might lead that he in fact maybe Santa! Also my favorite character is Madhu.
i have changed a lot since reading this book. Like when some kids don't even get to spend time with their family's. I felt really bad for kids who don't get to spend Christmas. The importance of your book is for people who don't know the true meaning is to learn the true meaning. The true meaning is to spend time with your family ans friends. Also serving others, everybody has to take time to donate their old clothes to a charity.
Like again this is one my favorite Christmas story. This is a very great book to read. It doesn't madder if its Christmas or not, this is always a great book to read!

Yours Truly,
Trevyn

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

I am Talia from Mrs. Kimball's six period honors class. Even though I am Jewish, The Paper Bag Christmas was very delightful to read. This book taught me many lessons such as being friendly to the less fortunate and stand up for what you believe in. A part where I most enjoyed reading was when Madhu read Katrina's letter because it made me tear up, and when I tear up, it's a sign that I'm really connecting to the book.
One reason why I enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas is because it had lots of great details, such as the description of Nurse Wimble's heavy southern accent. Another reason why I enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas is because I really related to the book. For example, I used to be naive about diseases, just like Mo at first, but we both learned that diseases can make you die, and we should be lucky that we don't have a disease or a disability. Overall, this book had excellent descriptions of objects and characters and is easy to connect to.
Something that changed me since reading The Paper Bag Christmas is that now I want to volunteer at hospitals to help sick children. Before reading The Paper Bag Christmas, I was a huge germaphob; I didn't want to go anywhere near ill children. Also, I can stand up for what I believe in, just like Lynn. I used to be shy and let people bully me, but now I protect myself by standing up for myself. Next, I think the importance of this book is that you should respect others, despite their disability. Also, you should stand up for others like Lynn did when Nurse Wimble wouldn't let Katrina be in the Christmas Pageant. Third, family plays a big role in life because they are the ones who will always love you and care for you. Friendship also plays a big role in life because you can trust them to be by your side and make you laugh. Lastly, serving others is also important because if you serve a stranger, that stranger might be your new friend. As I mentioned earlier, I am going to serve others by trying to go to children's hospitals or homeless shelters. Also, I am just going to be generous to the ones around me.
After reading The Paper Bag Christmas, I learned the importance of family, friends, and serving others. This truly was an excellent read. I'm sure many people around the world will read your book, Mr. Milne. Now the seventh graders at my school will truly know what Christmas is all about.

Yours truly,
Talia

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
This Christmas, Ms. Kimball, my sixth period language arts, honors class teacher had the class read a book called The Paper Bag Christmas. After we finished, I felt that I had a new vision of Christmas. The book made me think of the true meaning of Christmas. These types of books don't come around often, but when they do they are wonderful. I am Niamh. I go to A.E. Wright Middle School. I am now one of your biggest fans because of your book. I can't wait until I get to read the rest of your books.
I loved The Paper Bag Christmas. I loved this book for so many reasons. One of the reasons is that by the end of reading this book, I knew what the true meaning of Christmas was. All of the other Christmas books that exist don't have the true meaning of Christmas or even close to it. Yours does have it. Before your book, I thought that Christmas was about giving and getting presents. Now I know that it means to give your time or things for people who don't have as much. In The Paper Bag Christmas, Dr. Ringle teaches Molar the true meaning of Christmas by having him help at the children's hospital. Thank you for teaching me the true meaning of Christmas. Another reason, of many, that I liked this book is that it is so detailed. I feel like I am part of the story or that I'm there with Molar and everyone else. I feel like I can see Katrina and all the other patients on the fifth floor. I haven't read a book like yours in a long time. Each paragraph is loaded with details, adjectives, and popping-out words. Those are just a few reasons The Paper Bag Christmas is one of my favorite books of all time.
I have changed from reading The Paper Bag Christmas by knowing what Christmas means to me and others. I take Christmas much more seriously because of reading this book. Before reading this book, sadly, I thought of Christmas as a day to get free presents. Now I think of it as a whole period of time to help and give. After reading this book, I had my family donate a lot of what we don't need to charity. The other important thing is that life can be short. We should take time to play and toss socks just like Molar did with one of the other patients. We should take time to tell everyone hoe much we love them. The Paper Bag Christmas should be a very important book for others. Most people think of Christmas as I did. They shouldn't any more. The Paper Bag Christmas captures the true meaning Christmas so well. I hope that when I told my family about the story on Christmas Day, they will also learn what I learned.
Who taught you the true meaning of Christmas, Mr. Milne? The Paper Bag Christmas taught me, Molar, Aaron, and now is going to teach my family every year. I will never forget this important meaning I learned from you through this book and that is why I am writing this letter to thank you. When I went home after school, I asked my mom if we could do something nice for someone this Christmas. I hope you write more. Thank you for writing The Paper Bag Christmas that has taught me the true meaning of Christmas.

Yours truly,
Niamh

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Sarah Levin, I think the novel The Paper Bag Christmas was a touching story of the journey of two new friends escaping reality and just having fun. Their relationship didn't start off that way though, and that's why I found the book so interesting. I'm in period six Mrs. Kimball's class, and we discussed the importance of not locking yourself away and beg for more and more when others have nothing, but to open up and give. It really doesn't matter how much you contribute, as long as you open up your heart.
The book was truly well written. I really enjoyed the way it was told, the point of view was different than anything I've read before. Instead of it being about Mo, it truly shows his commentary and thoughts through everything that happened to him. For example, when he broke Katrina's candy-cane, it showed the sorrow and guilt flowing through his veins and that he just wanted to curl up in a ball and hide from her, from Dr. Ringle, and from the hospital. It added more explanation to parts of the book I didn't understand. This book was filled with symbolism which I am a huge fan of. The paper bag was not only something to hide Katrina's face, but it represented her pride. When she gave it up, she let herself into the open world. She expected judgement and cruelty, but all the other angels let it go as well. They didn't do it because it was weird to have a bag on your head, but they supported Katrina.
Reading this book made me feel more open to helping others. It would just be a chore Like Mo thought it would be, it could be fun and I could even make a new friend. I am now more sympathetic towards others and sometimes I don't know what people go through so I shouldn't make assumptions. Everyone should know that serving others in need and good will is not only something you are forced to do. My seven year old little brother has Down-Syndrome and I got to a lot of events to raise money for the DSALA. Mahdu's character inspired me to never give up even in the worst of times. A smile lit up his face at every moment of the day, no matter how bad things may be.
Sometimes things may seem like it wont get any worse, although it will. Everything happens for a reason and though it might not occur until much later, it will get better

Yours truly,
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne
Hello I'm Danie Y., a student at A.E.Wight Middle School. As part of my sixth period language arts class we read your book The Paper Bag Christmas. I found The Paper Bag Christmas to be a heroic and insperational tale.
I enjoyed the fact that Mo had been changing through out the book. He became a more mature person. He come to realize that Christmas is not only about material material but also a spirtual gift. Mo learns that his friendship with Katrina means more to him than having an air jammer road rammer. In your book Katrina is so heroic that she decided to give her kidney to Madhu and this had made my teacher, Mrs.Cox choke up.
Your book inspired me to see the holidays a different way this year. Yes, I did recieved some gifts under the tree but the greatest gift was spending time with my friends and family. I believe The Paper Bag Christmas with it's themes of love,sacrafice, and joy will continue to touch the lives of kids like me for many years to come.
In closing I salute you for being as Plato would say "Physician for the soul."

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Aino and I'm in Mrs.Cox's sixth period class, and I would like to say that after I read the Paper Bag Christmas it became one of my favorite books. I really liked how you captured the true sprit of Christmas. That it is better to give than to get. That's what Aaron and Mo did in the hospital.
One reason I liked it so much is because it was mostly about giving not receiving. Also in a way it said somthing so little can be so big.In the book I loved how even though the children had little time Christmas spirt made there life so big. I liked how Aaron and Mo got the best chtistmas gift they never wanted. By helping out around the hospital.
Since I read this book I have changed.I've done more to help the less fortunate.I think that this book is important because it teaches that it is better to give than to receive. I think that family friendship are important because even in the downiest of days they can brighten the day. since this book was so life changing for me I'm going to serve others I am going to do so by donating items to them
I really liked the Paper Bag Christmas. It is a true inspiration. It is also life changing. I would defiantly recommend it to others. It is one of my favorite books.
Sincerely,
Aino

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Hossain, I'm twelve years old.I'm in the seventh grade at A.E.Wright Middle School, and I'm in Mrs.Cox's Language Arts class.I think that the whole concept of your book The Paper Bag Christmas was to share, and to remind people of the true feeling of the holiday's.But not just the holiday's but every day life, like Christmas of course.Plus to actually make people think of others instead of people always thinking about themselves.

Something I like about The Paper Bag Christmas was that it had feeling, and emotion in it.For example, some kids in my class were starting to tear up towards the end of the book.It's like you really were Mo, or Madhu or anyone else in the part were Madhu received the Christmas present he's been longing for in his room at the hospital.Another thing I liked was how these two little helper's or elves made such a difference in the lives of the patient's on the fifth floor.Not only Mo, and his brother but everyone including Katrina and others.I loved how Katrina was so willing to help out lot's of people like Madhu, and Frank and expected really nothing in return even before her passing.

I have changed a lot since reading this book.For example, I'm always thinking of how to help other people in my everyday life.I have also changed in other ways to.For example I don't like wasting anything, I try to be very nice, and always others the way I want to be treated.Something else I learned from the book is how important family, family, and helping others out is.Think about it most of our life's revolve around our family and friends.
So basically I think the whole concept of the book The Paper Bag Christmas is showing people the true meaning of the holiday's.I think this book was like opening a whole new door into a completely different point of view of looking at the world.It was a good read and I'll be sure to recommend it.
Yours truly,
Hossain

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne
My name is Dawson and I am in Ms.Cox's 6th period class at A.E. Wright Middle School. I am in 7th grade, and I recently read your book The Paper Bag Christmas. As soon as I finished the first chapter I was immediately hooked, and couldn't wait to read the next chapter the next day. I remember sitting at home wondering what would happen next. I couldn’t wait to get to get to my Language Arts to read the next chapter. I was literally sprinting to my class because I was so excited to read, and I didn’t want to be late!!!!

Every chapter I became more and more addicted to this spectacular book, but I couldn’t resist reading ahead. I laughed when Molar flew off his gurney. I thought that was brave. At first I was upset that we had to read another book for school, but after I read some of it I was in love. My favorite part in the book is when argued to be the fourth wise man in the play. In the epilogue I thought Madhu should have been a lawyer don’t you think! I thought his speech at the end was very heartwarming.

When I finished the book, I learned that Christmas is not all about receiving presents, But about giving and caring for others. I have changed so much since I read this book. Your book is important because it teaches the true meaning of Christmas. For example, when Molar went to the hospital to see Katrina every day I thought that was the true meaning.
The Paper Bag Christmas is a book with so much meaning. This book is one of those rare, special, and happy books that have a true moral. Thank you, Mr.Milne, for writing an excellent book for this world

Sincerely
Dawson

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne
My name is Dawson and I am in Ms.Cox's 6th period class at A.E. Wright Middle School. I am in 7th grade, and I recently read your book The Paper Bag Christmas. As soon as I finished the first chapter I was immediately hooked, and couldn't wait to read the next chapter the next day. I remember sitting at home wondering what would happen next. I couldn’t wait to get to get to my Language Arts to read the next chapter. I was literally sprinting to my class because I was so excited to read, and I didn’t want to be late!!!!

Every chapter I became more and more addicted to this spectacular book, but I couldn’t resist reading ahead. I laughed when Molar flew off his gurney. I thought that was brave. At first I was upset that we had to read another book for school, but after I read some of it I was in love. My favorite part in the book is when argued to be the fourth wise man in the play. In the epilogue I thought Madhu should have been a lawyer don’t you think! I thought his speech at the end was very heartwarming.

When I finished the book, I learned that Christmas is not all about receiving presents, But about giving and caring for others. I have changed so much since I read this book. Your book is important because it teaches the true meaning of Christmas. For example, when Molar went to the hospital to see Katrina every day I thought that was the true meaning.
The Paper Bag Christmas is a book with so much meaning. This book is one of those rare, special, and happy books that have a true moral. Thank you, Mr.Milne, for writing an excellent book for this world

Sincerely
Dawson

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne
My name is Alyna. My name can be hard to pronounce. (uh-lee-nuh) I have read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, I thought it was very touching and helped me realize the true meaning of Christmas. This book has a great meaning that could change people.
Some of the reasons I liked this book was because you could feel the emotion, you gave lots of details so that you could feel what the character was feeling. Even my teacher got emotional when she was reading to the class. Another reason why I liked this book was because you showed that it's better to give than to get, the true meaning of Christmas. For example, Katrina gave Madhu her kidney, then she payed for the janitors, brothers, bill, because he was in the hospital. When Mo and Aaron first met Katrina, they didn't get a good vibe from her, they thought she was mean and bitter. Later on, Mo helped Katrina by telling her that she was beautiful even if she was sick.
Now that i have read this book, I am going to treat people who are sick with more respect. They deserve it. I'm sure that they have gone through a lot. I'm trying to be more grateful because a lot of people don't get to be with their families on Christmas like i do. I don't appreciate it enough. This book has changed me so i can give, rather than to get.
This book can change people, and possibly make them nicer. This book has a great meaning to it. The epilogue has a great twist. I'm probably going to read this book over and over. I'd be happy to read any other of your books because I know that they will be just as good as The Paper Bag Christmas.
Sincerely,
Alyna G.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Lourdes S.I am twelve years old and in Mrs.Cox 6th period class.I am a big fan of your book The Paper Bag Christmas.Your book The Paper Bag Christmas is an amazing book with an amazing message.Every reader that has read this book comes out a new person.Well,at least I did and I bet others did too.
What makes your book amazing is that you can put yourself in the character's shoes, and feel what they're feeling.I liked that in this book you learn it's better to give than receive.Many authors teach messages about Christmas in their books, but they don't say the real meaning of Christmas.For example,they say Christmas is about being with family it is,but Christmas is also about learning that it's better to give than receive.Some authors never say that.
I learned a lot from this book.I learned that even by smiling to someone that has had a bad day you can make their day better.I learned what the importance of family,friendship,and serving others.At my church my pastor talked about how we are supposed to serve others before we serve ourselves. I learned what that actually meant in this book.
After I read your book I was asking myself three questions.Have I been grateful? Have I ever helped someone? Have I ever been a friend to someone who needed one? After reading your book I discovered a new me and I'm so glad. Thank you.
Yours truly,
Lourdes S.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Happy Holidays! Hello my name is Lena and I go to A.E.Wright Middle School. I am in 7th grade in Mrs. Kimball’s 6th period G.AT.E. class, and we just finished your amazing story, The Paper Bag Christmas. It was an absolutely touching tale that had my whole class in tears at the end of the story. I know we all learned a great lesson from the book, especially me.
The Paper Bag Christmas is one of those extraordinary holiday books that touch people’s hearts. The story certainly touched mine. Sadly, I recognized Christmas as a time to get all the things I want that came out since my birthday. After reading your book, I am horrified I ever thought that way. Christmas is so much more than just gifts! I completely understand that now. Your book has taught me the same lesson that Mo and Aaron learned, just not physically, but mentally. That is one of the things that I love about your book. No matter who you are, you can learn an extremely valuable lesson, just like Mo and Aaron. I learned that Christmas, for most kids, is a way to get presents, but truly that is so not what it is at all. It’s really a time to help others and be thankful for what you have. It’s sort of like another Thanksgiving. Mo helps Katrina to the best of his abilities, and by the end of the story, just helping Katrina was enough and he didn’t want any presents. All kids should think this way. They should still enjoy the perks of Christmas, but maybe go help out someone else who isn’t as lucky to be sitting with their family with many gifts surrounding them. Kids should also be more thankful that they are healthy and get to live their everyday lives without tons of precaution. Another thing I loved in your book, were the characters. Every single character in your book has a special story to tell. Mo and Aaron were just normal kids with a long list filled with toys they wanted for Christmas. That is until they sat upon Dr. Ringle’s deflating lap. Dr. Ringle is the gift and lesson giver in the story; Katrina is the girl who just needed a friend to get through the day; and, Madhu was the one who always looked on the bright side of situations and tried to help others out, Frank was a guy who needed to take care of his brother and was trying his best to do so. All these people have something in common. They all just want to be happy and make others happy. People like this are truly special and I found that reading about how much they wanted others to be happy and to be happy, made me want to do the same thing! Your story has had a very big impact on me and I really want you to know that.
I am very glad you wrote this book because for many more years Christmas would just be a time for me to get what I want. This year I had started up with a charity organization called T.K.O. (turn kindness on), and I have gone and fed the homeless. I made cookies and more and went to deliver them to the homeless. The way their face lit up when I handed them a cookie, something I take for granted everyday just walking to my pantry and getting a cookie, made me feel so special. After reading your book, the next time I do it I know I’m just going to feel this rush of kindness because your book really opened my eyes for real. I am going to start doing that even more than I already do. Your book is important because of everything I just told you. Your lesson, the way you changed the way I look at Christmas, the way your story changed how much charity work I am going to do now are all examples. I hope all kids can read this story and feel a change as great as I did. Thank you Mr. Milne.
I knew you had an important purpose in writing your story. I definitely got your lesson and will cherish it forever. I know I am going to pass the true meaning of Christmas down to my kids. For that, I thank you and maybe one at a time we can all do as Mo and Aaron did and make Christmas even more merry. Thank you Mr. Milne
Yours truly,


Lena

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Maddie, and I am Mormon. I told you I am Mormon because your bio said you went to Brigham Young University (BYU), and that is a pretty Mormon college. Anyway, are you Mormon are not? I am in 7th grade. THis letter was assigned from Mrs. Kimball's 6th period, Honors, language arts class. Personally, I thought that The Paper Bag Christmas was an awesome Christmas novel. In fact, it is the best Christmas book I have ever read. If you think everything I just typed is untrue, you would be very wrong.
The Paper Bag Christmas has many reasons that made me enjoy the book. Let me tell you some. First, I love how Mo and Aaron want everything they see. Mo was funny when he was trying to fill up all the lines on the "All I want for Christmas....," list. Mo said there was a lot of lines too. Second, it is funny how Katrina is so difficult to deal with. When she raced Mo on the gurneys to see if she would be in the Christmas pageant or not, I could barely contain my laughter. Third, I loved how Madhu was so cute and sweet. Madhu was so sweet when he presented his gift to baby Jesus as telling the innocent baby he believed in him and wished him luck on his journeys.
This novel you have wrote changed my perspective on many things. One of them is the favored holiday everywhere in the United States of America. Christmas. Ever since m first Christmas, Christmas has been about getting the most and best presents, but this year I was more excited about giving than getting. The look of joy on my siblings faces when they unwrapped their presents that I gave them made me more excited to give more presents this year. Another perspective changed by the novel is friends and family. How Katrina had no family left in the world made me want to cry every single time I thought about that. Also, when all Katrina for Christmas was a friend made me want to cry again. Ever since reading The Paper Bag Christmas I have realized how lucky I am to have my wonderful family with me on earth. Friends are now way more important now that I have read your book. Hanging out with them is now something that I try to accomplish more often.
In the first paragraph I told you that The Paper Bag Christmas is an awesome novel. I also mentioned that The Paper Bag Christmas is the best Christmas book that I have ever read. Now do you believe that this is true? This novel taught me more about Christmas, friendship, family, and love faster then anything else I have heard. After the book ended all I wanted was a sequel to the novel for Christmas. Can you fulfill my very simple wish?



Yours Truly,
Maddie

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hello, and happy New Year! My name is Talia A. I'm just a typical twelve year-old who dreams of becoming a famous actress. I have always had a certain connection to books, no matter what the genre. I am happy to report that I found a connection with the Paper Bag Christmas, as well. Since I was little, I have always had a strange longing to paint a picture with words in the colors of black and white, using the world's most powerful pixel, imagination. I envy any being who can put immense dedication into creating such a novel, as you have.
I'm Jewish, so usually I'm stuck at home watching old Christmas films that carry the same message as the last. I must admit that when Ms. Kimball informed us that we would be reading a novel in class about the true meaning of Christmas, my heart sank a little. To my surprise, your story possesses the same repetitive theme, but is told in a refreshed way. In the book, your characters, Aaron and Molar, volunteer at a hospital and learn to care about others, not just themselves. I was reminded of other people who are, for example, starving in Africa, or suffering somewhere else. I was so happy to see someone as open minded as Mudhu. He was not Christian, and he was still interested learning the religion. He even opens the minds of others by contradicting the logic behind the Three Wise Men. It was wonderful to read a novel that contains true friendship and good qualities in people. I think that everyone can afford to be a little more like any of the protagonists in the Paper Bag Christmas.
Before finishing your novel, I was lost in my own world, filled with anxiety, wanting, and selfishness. I was then taken from all that, after completing your book, and was deposited into a familiar world, that I had revisited on occasion, full of self awareness, happiness, and then knowledge of how fortunate I really am. Your book has inspired me to be even kinder to the children with special needs, and shake off my minor problems that appear in my life. I would then put on a smile, and enjoy the time I have with my family, keeping in mind the youth in the world who have nothing.
Thank you, Mr. Milne, for you have introduced me to a happier life through your old fashioned colored world held together with binding, stuck in between two covers. Most of all, thank you for giving me everything I never wanted for Christmas.
Yours truly,
Talia A.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne
My name is Riley, and I am in Mrs. Kimball's 6th period Language Arts class. We have just finished your book, The Paper Bag Christmas. I enjoyed it very much, it was a wonderful, touching story. Because I am a major horse person, I usually enjoy reading horse books more often, but this was actually an amazing story. When I get older this is definitaly one I would read to my children.
One reason I really enjoyed The Paper Bag Christmas is the message it gave out to the people who read it. It really made me think about the real meaning of christmas. As a child, all I knew was Christmas equaled presents. It was all get, get, and get, instead of giving. As a gradually got older, I learned that giving was the meaning of christmas, but I never went out of my way to do anything. Around the age of ten, I realized how happy giving made other people, and now after reading this book, it made me want to go out of my way and be grateful for what I have, and give others what they don't. When Katrina gave away everything she had to make others happy for Christmas, it really changed the way I looked at Christmas. It is also a way to teach people (children) that even though someone may look different on the outside, they are still the same on the inside. Judging people by their looks can really hurt people more than you will ever know. For example, everyone was making fun of Katrina for the paper bag over her head instead of getting to know her. It really explained in detail of how much it hurt her. In the end people finally got to know her and realize she was just like all of them.
I have changed a lot after reading this book. I have learned to give more; sometimes someones smile and happiness is the greatest gift to receive. For example, Mo realized that at the end of his time helping out at the hospital, he didn't need any other gift Dr. Ringle was supposedly going to give him. The gift he gave to others was better than any gift he could of gotten. Sometimes friends and family is most important, because you know you always have someone there for you, and someone who can give you honest, emotional feedback. Sometimes, all someone needs in a friend. For example, Katrina was so lonely, that all she wanted for christmas was a friend.
Overall, this was a really amazing book; it was mostly very touching and very entertaining. While reading the book I never wanted to put it down. I have definitely changed after reading this, just as Mo has throughout the story. I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends; it is the perfect story for the winter season, and for what Christmas is all about.
Sincerely,
Riley L

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, Mr. Milne. My name is Kelly, and I am in Mrs. Kimball's seventh grade, sixth period, Honors, English class. We read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, in class, and I absolutely loved it. It is beautifully written with exciting twists and turns that made me want to read more and more!
One reason I liked The Paper Bag Christmas is because of how Katrina changed through the kindness of one individual. Katrina started out as a sickly, prideful girl who wore a paper bag over her head and had no friends. Through Mo's kindness, Katrina became a child with many friends and no paper bag on her head when she died. I believe this proves how quickly people can change and how much one person can do by being kind to others. I also loved the way that Katrina and Mo started out as enemies and became great friends. It made me think about all of my friends and how I met them. For example, I met my friend, Kayla, on a soccer team when we were just five years old. She and I were the best players on the team, so we were always competing against each other in practice. We never went easy on each other, but if one of us fell, we'd always help the other one up. Through the years, we have played on many soccer teams together. We could have easily let our competitiveness make us enemies, but we both realized that we brought out the best in each other.
The Paper Bag Christmas has changed me completely. I used to be the big, bad sister with a fiery temper and little forgiveness at my house. Now, I try to treat my siblings, David, Peter and Claire, with respect and forgive them as much as possible because of the example Mo set for me. I now realize how much my actions and words can affect others. Reading The Paper Bag Christmas also makes me want to serve others. I plan on serving others by cleaning the house for my mom, being a good example for my younger siblings, treating everybody with respect, and being the best person I can be. Mo set another good example by volunteering at the Children's Hospital. My friend, Maddie, and I are planning to volunteer at the animal shelter near our houses. It's not the same as a children's hospital, but it's a start!
The Paper Bag Christmas is an amazing book and is extremely touching. I wish I could read it over and over again. I know that I will never forget that book and will always remember what it means to me. It taught me to be warm-hearted and kind to everyone I meet because you never know what effect compassion can have on someone.

Sincerely,
Kelly

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hi, my name is Varshini. I am in Mrs.Kimball's sixth period class. The Paper Bag Christmas is a really amazing book explaning the true spirit of Christmas. My class was really touched by the relationship between Molar and Katrina. This was an amazing story, written by an amazing author.
One of reasons I like about The Paper Bag Christmas was that it taught me what Christmas is about. Every Christmas I get so caught up in decorating, buying gifts, baking cookies, and much more. I never really realized why I celebrate Christmas, but now I learned that it was about being with your family and giving to others. Another reason is that I like how Molar changed from the beginning to the end. First, Molar thought that Christmas was about getting a bunch of toys. Then he learned it is about giving and helping others. The Paper Bag Christmas taught me a lot.
After I read The Paper Bag Christmas I learned to help and serve others. The day before Christmas Eve I dug out all of my old toys and clothes because I neither use them nor wear them. Then my mom and I gave it all to charity. Your book is important to everyone because it teaches everyone friendship and much more. It made me think that friendship is stronger than anything else. Your book is amazing.
The purpose of this book was to really explain the true spirit of Christmas, which it really did. This book made me get tears in my eyes. Now I learned what Christmas is about. It doesn't matter if you're Jewish, Indian, or any other religion the true spirit of Christmas is with us all.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello, Mr. Milne. My name is Kelly, and I am in Mrs. Kimball's seventh grade, sixth period, Honors, English class. We read your book, The Paper Bag Christmas, in class, and I absolutely loved it. It is beautifully written with exciting twists and turns that made me want to read more and more!
One reason I liked The Paper Bag Christmas is because of how Katrina changed through the kindness of one individual. Katrina started out as a sickly, prideful girl who wore a paper bag over her head and had no friends. Through Mo's kindness, Katrina became a child with many friends and no paper bag on her head when she died. I believe this proves how quickly people can change and how much one person can do by being kind to others. I also loved the way that Katrina and Mo started out as enemies and became great friends. It made me think about all of my friends and how I met them. For example, I met my friend, Kayla, on a soccer team when we were just five years old. She and I were the best players on the team, so we were always competing against each other in practice. We never went easy on each other, but if one of us fell, we'd always help the other one up. Through the years, we have played on many soccer teams together. We could have easily let our competitiveness make us enemies, but we both realized that we brought out the best in each other.
The Paper Bag Christmas has changed me completely. I used to be the big, bad sister with a fiery temper and little forgiveness at my house. Now, I try to treat my siblings, David, Peter and Claire, with respect and forgive them as much as possible because of the example Mo set for me. I now realize how much my actions and words can affect others. Reading The Paper Bag Christmas also makes me want to serve others. I plan on serving others by cleaning the house for my mom, being a good example for my younger siblings, treating everybody with respect, and being the best person I can be. Mo set another good example by volunteering at the Children's Hospital. My friend, Maddie, and I are planning to volunteer at the animal shelter near our houses. It's not the same as a children's hospital, but it's a start!
The Paper Bag Christmas is an amazing book and is extremely touching. I wish I could read it over and over again. I know that I will never forget that book and will always remember what it means to me. It taught me to be warm-hearted and kind to everyone I meet because you never know what effect compassion can have on someone.

Sincerely,
Kelly

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Shane and I am a seventh grader at A. E. Wright middle school. Thank you for writing the Paper Bag Christmas. We read the book in Mrs. Kimball's sixth period Honors English class just before we went on Winter Break. I thought it was a great story that showed the true meaning of friendship, family, and Christmas.

I especially liked the humor and character development in The Paper Bag Christmas. The characters were funny and entertaining. Mo, the main character did silly things that I did not expect to happen. Normally, hospitals are very safe places. In your story, I laughed out loud in the middle of the reading when Mo and Katrina raced down the hospital corridor on gurneys. Unfortunately for Mo, he broke his arm and ribs. Fortunately, he did it in the hospital so he didn't have a long way to travel to visit the doctor. Not only were the characters funny, but they also developed into better friends as the story progressed. At the beginning of the book Katrin is bitter and mean. She was always angry and did not want anyone to visit her. As Katrina and Mo become friends, she opens up to Mo, sharing her feelings and letting go of some of her anger. By the end of the book, when Katrina donated her savings to Joe the janitor, her liver to Madhu and gave her paper bag toMo, Katrina had become a true and loyal friend. My heart felt heavy when I thought about Katrina's death, and it made me appreciate how fragile life can be.

Your story certainly emphasizes family, friendship, and how important it is to help others. Sometimes we offer physical help like the organ that Katrina donated to Madhu and sometimes, we offer emotional help, like the help Mo gave to Katrina by being a true friend. My Mom always tells me "the more you give, the more you get" and this is brought to life in your Christmas story. The main characters get far more than they give in the form of happiness and friendship. The Paper Bag Christmas taught me valuable lessons on how I can help other people too. One way I am going to reach out to people is by befriending other kids who look lonely. I'll make sure to act friendly, offer to sit with the kids and learns about them. If I see someone in need of help, I will reach out to them and not ignore their troubles.

Thank you so much for showing me the true meaning of Christmas. As a kid, it's easy to get excited about the presents and decorations, but your story reminded me that there is so much more to the season than getting. You reminded me that the true spirit of the holiday is about giving. Most of all, The Paper Bag Christmas made me appreciate the goodness in the world and how people help each other every single day.

Yours truly,

Shane

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Sawyer. I'm in Mrs. Kimball's 6th period class. Your book The Paper Bag Christmas was like an actual gift. The book had many layers of wrapping paper that had to be unwrapped until you get to the actual gift.
Although the message of The Paper Bag Christmas is the same message that goes through one ear and out the other while we are unwrapping our new I-Phones, computers, and clothes. This Christmas was different. Having read the book, I had a new perspective in Christmas.f The thing I most enjoyed about the book was the characters. Mo was an extremely relatable character, much like every kid at our school. To be honest, being teenagers, our focus is mainly on ourselves, and the thought of volunteering our spare time is even in the back of my mind. I really how you had Santa "trick" the boys into volunteering. When Santa said "Boys, would you like something for Christmas, better than anything you've ever written down." (page19) It was wonderful imagining the look on Mo's face. I also really liked the storyline of Katrina. Having an operation, and being self conscious of the scar it left on my knee, I was able to empathize with Katrina. When Katrina says, "it's because I'm ugly." (page54) I totally understood her sadness and anger.
Our teacher wanted us to answer how we have changed since reading this book. I don't think any of us has really changed, but I feel that I have evolved emotionally. Of coarse volunteering is good to do, and helping others can be thought of as altruistic, but that isn't what I got from the book. I really got the feeling that the life that we are given to live on this planet is so short, and we shouldn't waste it on things. Life is really just a bunch of experiences. Sometimes we have wonderful experiences and some not so great, but they are experiences. The special part is we create our experiences or memories for other people to remember. This brings me to how important my friends and family are. Without my friends and family, I would not be who I am today. They have helped me with my experiences, and now after reading your book , I take more care in making their experiences better.
In closing, I think it is important for you to know that you have added to my experiences in a positive way. Although, I may have gotten a new I-Phone for Christmas, what I liked most about that gift was the look on my parents face when I opened it. They were so exited for me to open the gift. Or when I dance around the house with my friends listening to music on it. Although, it is a physical gift, the experiences I have created and shared on it will be remembered more clearly now.
Yours truly,
Sawyer

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Andrew BP from Ms.Kimball's 6th period Language Arts class and we have just finished your spectacular book The Paper Bag Christmas. I'm thirteen years old and this was one of the best books I have read in middle school it was touching and influential.
I loved the book because it was moving, doleful, interesting and because it taught me so much. I found the story moving when Kat donated Madhu her liver so he could go home to his family. When mo got Kat's Christmas present for him and he found out her gift she wanted was a friend, I was touched. The part that made me doleful was when Mo was called to the hospital and Kat died right after talking to him. It had also been very emotional when Mo and Aaron had found out Dr.Ringle had lost both his legs and just had stumps. What I found interesting about this book was that it talked about doctors, medicine and the very real diseases kids have. I'm thinking of working in the medical field myself so I enjoyed the fact that this book offered insight like this unlike many books. Your book also explored the possibility of more than three wise men at the birth of Jesus. I have learned so much from reading the book. I have learned there is much joy in helping others and being a friend to them. Finally, I have learned that by helping others, being kind to others and serving others you can learn the true meaning of Christmas.
The importance of your book was to make the readers think about helping others. It told the reader not to be so greedy during the holiday season, like filling up a two page of presents you want. Finally, you wanted the readers to know that everyone needs a friend. There are many ways I can serve others throughout the year. Some of these include helping those in need and supporting others. I can also be a friend to those who are friendless.
Your book reminds us to give more than we take; most of us take more than we give. If we could remind ourselves to offer simple acts of kindness year round instead of just around the Christmas, our world would be a much better place. Perhaps your book has done that, Mr.Milne, reminded people of what they have forgotten. I know that I will try harder to be a better person, perhaps we all will...what then?

Warmest Wishes,

Andrew BP

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Greetings, Mr. Milne. My name is Max, and I am in Mrs. Kimball's 6th period class. I am an enthusiastic young writer on the 8th chapter of the book I'm writing. Reading is also one of my passions, over 200 books in the last year alone. Some of my favorites are Atlas Shrugged, White Fang, Oliver Twist, and of course, The Paper Bag Christmas. Let me start by saying that your novel is a beautifully crafted, and is deeper than the Mariana Trench. You are a true Michelangelo of the literary arts. The Paper Bag Christmas was truly worth the read.
The way you styled the novel was impeccable. Your characters evolve so dramatically in the span of 160 pages that there is no equal. Mo learns that no worldly trinket is as rewarding as helping others, Katrina grows from a melancholy recluse to a joyous friend, and Nurse Wimble becomes an emotional wreck from an imperial train. Another wonderful component of your book is the bittersweet ending. You make the audience crestfallen when Katrina's malapropos, or untimely, death occurs. Then, the readers learn of the recovery of Madhu and Frank's brother, which truly makes your fans merry.
After reading this artistic work, I have a new lease on life. Although I am of the Jewish faith, The Paper Bag Christmas has opened my eyes and touched my heart. From what I've seen of TV Christmases, I thought Christmas was a wholly commercial holiday of buying and getting, but after reading your book, I see this holiday in a whole new light. Christmas is a time for giving, for being there when others need you. Christmas is a time for being selfless, but most importantly, Christmas is a time to help others less fortunate. A time to volunteer at a homeless shelter or hospital. A time to be with those who have no one. Actually, these activities should be practiced year round. If you help others, the reward is a bit better than reindeer poop.
Your book also shows that no matter how small the gift, the thought will go a long way. Molar first only hung out with Katrina due to guilt, but once the seeds of friendship take root, a blossom forms. When Kat's ED finally arrived, she died peacefully with her one Christmas wish right beside her. A friend. This shows that even small acts of friendship can change people's lives. From now on, if I see someone sitting alone, I'll invite them to my table. If I see someone fall, I'll give them a hand. When someone's left out, I'll let them join me.
The Paper Bag Christmas is a stunning novel. Your book has an important message for all: helping the less fortunate is better than plastic toy. The characters in your novel. The characters in your novel are deep, essential, and humorous. This novel has left a profound mark on me, and changed me for the better. This was no ordinary Christmas story, and this was no ordinary Molar.























Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi, my name is Gracie and I’m in Mrs. Kimball’s fourth period Language Arts class. I very much enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Christmas! I think it’s very kind of you to write a book just to show kids the meaning of true Christmas spirit.

There are so many reasons why I liked The Paper Bag Christmas. For example, I loved the way that you showed that all some kids need is a friend. It really made me think when I read about how the only thing Katrina wants for Christmas is a friend. Also, throughout the whole book, you make people understand the real meaning of Christmas joy! For example, when Dr. Ringle states that some children with illnesses truly understand love and appreciation. Those children appreciate things like time with their family. That made me think about things that I just expect and don’t really appreciate.

Something major that this book taught me is to realize what Christmas is all about and to think about and to think about all of those children who need a friend. Also, that you should appreciate time with your family and friends. Also, I now understand and appreciate how important it is to help out our community and spend time serving others. I recently volunteered to serve on our school’s Site Council. During the first meeting, I saw how much the teachers and principal at our school want to make it a better place for kids to learn. I am going to keep working to help make our school better by making sure that I’m friendly to everyone and by looking out for kids who seem lonely or seem like they need help.

Most of all, I think it’s important to know that even though we are young kids, we can still help and volunteer. We can still help others and make a difference. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a good lesson, and I think that’s most people. Thank you very much for writing this book, it definitely thoroughly explains the true meaning of Christmas.


Yours truly,
Gracie

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hi! I’m Rachel, from Mrs. Kimball’s sixth period seventh grade class. We just finished reading The Paper Bag Christmas, in which we learned about Katrina, who as you know wore a paper bag on her head to keep from being noticed. She turned out to have cancer, and was only self-conscious, because of the scars and bruises on her head and face. Katrina actually was a very sweet girl and she didn’t deserve to be so scared. That is the problem with the world! Sweet little girls who happen to be unlucky and have a disease should never ever be bullied! If more people would read this book, I bet a lot less bullying would happen.
One of the reasons I liked The Paper Bag Christmas so much is that it shows you to be upbeat and optimistic even when the odds aren’t in your favor. When Molar and Aaron volunteered at the Children’s Hospital, they met Madhu, a young boy with a failed liver. He showed them how even when you have to be away from your home, and you don’t know when you will get back, to always look on the bright side. Myself, I tend to focus on the glass being half empty, but Madhu taught me otherwise. I also loved how in the end, Katrina was willing to take off her bag in front of everyone. She showed courage, and that is a very important quality to have. Hopefully, she inspired the rest of my class as much as she inspired me.
Everyone should read The Paper Bag Christmas, even if they don’t celebrate the holiday. It teaches so many lessons about friendship, caring for one another, and well, as cliché as it is, the true meaning of Christmas. I believe that that is the reason you wrote the book. You wanted to teach young children, teens, and even adults to be thankful for what we have. I often get tangled up in that new pair of boots or the annoying test coming up, but now I can just think of Katrina and Madhu and get pulled back to what matters. It cannot be stressed enough how terrible some kids have it, and we need to start realizing what a blessing it is that we are healthy, have family, have friends, have a home, and are loved.
Finally, I would just like to say how much I loved your book. It was interesting, suspenseful, inspiring, jaw dropping, and even tearful. You did an excellent job at describing the characters, and what was going on at all times. My favorite part would have to be when Mo puts Katrina’s bag on the top of his Christmas tree. He retells the story of his first real Christmas every year to his children, which just shows how much of an impact the whole experience had on him. Madhu even stays with him after all those years, for he is joyous around the tree, not depressed, because of his lost friend. I hope that this book encourages many more people to help out and have their own paper bag Christmases.

Yours truly,


Rachel

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,


Hello my name is Cyrus. I am from Mrs. Kimball's language Arts class. I've recently read your book The Paper Bag Christmas. I thought it was very interesting and endearing to Christmas and its true purpose. It has a great twist to it and really tells about the lesson in the story. It shows an equal amount of detail in the character’s thoughts that makes it interesting and show a lot expression, but not to much detail that it would bore the reader.
I liked the story because of the characters and the lessons it teaches. My favorite characters are Molar and Katrina. In the story Molar discovers that Katrina is dying from a brain tumor and realized that this is why she wore a paper bag to hide her scars. Katrina felt a connection with Molar, so they became friends. This made her feel happy that she made a friend before she died. I'm glad Katrina’s wish came true when they became friends. Friendship was the best gift to give someone other then material items because it shows what Christmas is truly about. Christmas is about spending time with family and friends.
From my point of view, the importance of your book is to teach others that there is no other greater gift than being with your family and friends, and giving to others without expecting anything back. The importance of family, friendship, and serving others is what people need to have a good fulfilled life.
I’ve read many books before that I had no real interest in. The Paper Bag Christmas is probably one of the best that had read. I would recommend this book to adults and kids to encourage Christmas spirit. Maybe it will make everyone feel more about giving to others rather then getting. We’ll never know.


Sincerely,


Cyrus

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

My name is Anthony and I am in Ms.Chadroff's third period class. I think that the Paper Bag Christmas is a fantastic book filled with Christmas joy. Your book really touched my heart and all my friends. I think that your book changes the way a person acts and makes them a better human being. The Paper Bag Christmas shows what people should really be doing on the holidays. I think the main thing i learned from this book is that if you are a good person then good things will happen to you.

One reason why I really like the Paper Bag Christmas is because it shows what a true friend would do for another Just as when Mo joined a gurney race just to and broke his arm just to get his friend to go to a Christmas pageant. I also liked how Mo and Aaron got "what they never wanted for Christmas" which was to feel the true spirit of the holidays. Another time when real spirit was shared was when Madhu said that he had nothing to bring to the lord but love, because he did not need anything else. Last but not least I loved how even though In the beginning of the book Mo and Kristina Did not like each other they slowly grew to become best friends.

I think the thing that made this book great is the fact that Molar went through every obstacle that stood in his way for his friends and family. This is what i have now learned to do. I think that is the true importance of the family and friendships you have. The thing that makes your book special from others is that you show people that they do not need things to be happy but each other. The way I have changed since I have read your book is that I am trying to be a better person than I was before.

My name is Anthony and I think the Paper Bag Christmas is a fantastic book filled with Christmas joy. I think that the Paper Bag Christmas is the best holiday book ever!Also everybody should get a chance to read it. I have gained and learned many things after reading this book and I am sure every reader will. The Paper Bag Christmas has encouraged me to be a better person and I am NOW trying to help out in my community just like Molar and Aaron!

Yours truly, Anthony M.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
I am a student from Ms.Chadroffs 3rd period class.My name is Michael and I am in seventh grade.I am writing to you right now because, my class and I have read and enjoyed your book.One of the things that I thought was nice about the book is,that in almost each chapter your book is reminding us to be happy with what you have because,others might not be as lucky as you are.

The detail in the book was just great,reading it made me feel like I was watching a movie.Dr.Ringle known to be Santa Clause made me get more feelings for the book because, all my life I have always thought of Santa as a nice guy who cares about every one.

When we finished the book, I actually felt like it changed me.I started thinking to myself, that many people you are not so nice to, could be going through some difficult times.The book is actually important to me because, it has taught me some things I could not have learned without it.Most of them taught me to respect what you have in family and friends.Family and friends could always be there for you but, some people in the world are not as lucky to have friends or family.That is why helping or serving others might be great.

I actually once had a friend who was diagnosed with cancer.I never knew he had cancer until he told my friends and I.When he told us we were a bit confused because,we were in second grade at the time.I knew him for about 4 years but then we finished elementary and never saw each other again.

Yours truly
Michael M.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

Hello Mr. Milne! My name is Autumn, and I am 12 Years old. I am a student at A.E Wright Middle school, I am in third period, and my teacher's name is Ms. Chadroff. I am so thrilled that I am able to communicate with you about your book, The Paper Bag Christmas.

I think that this book was.......AMAZING! Mr. Milne, your book was the best Christmas story that I have ever read in my whole life! The first time when I received the Paper Bag Christmas, one look at the front cover, and I was in love. The cover was so beautiful, that I just already knew that it was going to be a spectacular book. But, it was even better than what I imagined it to be. Ha ha. Sorry, this is going to be really off topic, but don't you just LOVE the beautiful crackling and popping sound of a book when you first open it because it is so brand new? Well, that same thing happened to me when I opened up the Paper Bag Christmas for the first time. But, when I actually read the Paper Bag Christmas, the beautiful crackling noise was not even slightly as beautiful as what happened in the book.

Some parts of your book were thrilling, somewhat upsetting, and of coarse, really, really funny! The happiest part of the book was when Katrina took of her paper bag, along with all of the other angels, and Katrina placed her paper bag underneath the baby Jesus's manger. The most upsetting part of the story, was when Katrina coudn't live any longer, and Molar had to say goodbye. When Ms. read us that part of the story maybe a few people or so, plus Ms. Chadroff and I, were all crying. I didn't really notice anyone besides Ms. Chadroff and I who were really crying a lot. I don't know why, but whenever I read a book, I always think that it's real. So, whenever something happens in a book that frustrates me, I always say to myself,"Why did they do that? Why couldn't they just have done this?" You wrote the Paper Bag Christmas so well that I could read it all over again and not be sick of it. The most funniest part of the book was in the beginning when Dr, Ringle was dressed up as Santa Clause, and Molar, and Aaron sat on his lap. I was laughing my head off when it got to the part where his legs deflated, and Molar and Aaron were squealing and came running off his lap! I got a really good image of what it would've looked like. I also got an excellent kick out of the book.

I am sooo happy that I am actually communicating, and being able to type a letter to a REAL live author! I really think that you've done such a great job of writing this book, that you could become the most famous writer in the WHOLE world! Thank you so much for your time Mr. Milne. I really look up to you.

Sincerely,
Autumn

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Regina and I am a 13 year old student in Ms. Chadroff"s 3rd period class. I thought The Paper Bag Christmas was an enjoyable story.

I think that this book gave a good message that presents aren't what make people happy. Families who are less fortunate can't afford to buy things to their kids, but love and spending time as a family is what makes them happy. In the Paper Bag Christmas, when Molar gave Santa a list of things he put, Santa told him that he wasn't able to get everything that was on the list. This shows that people shouldn't be greedy, but they should be thankful for what they have.

The dialogue and the characters' personalities made the book a good read because I liked how the kids were still energetic and how well the personalities fit in the character. I also liked how detailed you wrote the book because it was like a movie playing in my head.

The Paper Bag Christmas was a very inspiring book. This book teaches that friends and family are all you need to be happy.

Sincerely,

Regina R.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,

Hi! my name is Anya J. and I am in period 5 of Ms.Chadroff's class. I love the Paper Bag Christmas! Before I read this book, I thought Christmas was all just about getting presents. But now I see that it's the complete opposite!

I think you wrote this book because you wanted to show the true meaning of Christmas to everyone. And that you also wanted to share that a lot of people out there are in a hospital just like in the Paper Bag Christmas, who know that they are not going to be alive much longer! How can that not make you feel grateful that you are able to have a chance to live your life?


Your entire book was amazing but my favorite chapter was the epilouge. It is my favorite because Katrina gives Mhadu her liver and the janitor the money he needs to help his brother. It was that kind of chapter that made the book unforgettable. It made me feel like I need to help people out there!


I am so happy that I was able to read this book. I hope that everyone gets to read this book because it will change the way you see Christmas, and the world. Thank you so much for writing this book. I will never forget it.

Sincerely,
Anya J.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,


My name is Mikayla. I am in Ms. Chadroff's 5th period Language Arts class at A.E.Wright Middle School. I cannot tell you how inspiring it was to read your novel right before the holidays. Reading your book reminded me what Christmas is really about. I hope you enjoy my feedback on The Paper Bag Christmas.

Part of me hints that you wrote this book to give children a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. For example, that is exactly what Dr.Ringle does when he recruits Molar and Alan as volunteers to bring joy to the hospital patients on the fifth floor. Another hint is when Dr.Ringle asks the boys,"How would you like to receive something better than you have ever written down?" Another reason I think you might have written this book is because Mo shows Katrina that there is no need to shield herself inside the paper bag when it is what is on the inside that counts.

What made your book a great read is that it gives you a sense of warmth and Christmas cheer to your heart. It was definitely worth writing your book. At our middle school, students are donating to the foundation Adopt a Family and Give to the Troops. we are giving things such as toothpaste, candy, and movies. Throughout the school A.E.Wright we have donated over 600 movies.

The Paper Bag Christmas reminds people what Christmas is really about. As one of your book reviews says, " this book leaves your eyes teary while your hear smiles."

Yours Truly,
Mikayla S.


Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,

My name is Brandon, and I'm in Ms. Chadroff's 5th period ELA class. When I read the story THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS, i was truly inspired. Not just to help others, but i also learned the true meaning of Christmas.

In THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS, I think the story was made most realistic because of the order of the story and the events happening. Like how two regular boys helped change other lives by changing themselves.

I think that your bbok THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS is very important for children who celebrate Christmas. It teaches the children the true meaning of Christmas, along with a touching story that will change your views on what Christmas is about. Not just receiving gifts in the morning delivered by Santa Clause. It is about helping others and being with your family and the ones you love most.

I hope you liked this review of your novel, Mr. Milne. I enjoyed every page of the story. I too will now try my best to give children a better Christmas.
Yours truly,
Brandon B.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hello, my name is Maya from Mrs.Cox seventh grade fifth period class at A.E. Wright Middle School. After reading your book, I realized many things that I didn't know before. I found out that Christmas is a holiday of meaning and not gifts. As some people say Christmas is a holiday for joy, they need to make sure that the joy is coming from the birth of Jesus, and not from getting presents. Also, Christmas is a time for thinking about others and not just yourself. I liked that there were kids with different religions, and that they also got to experience true Christmas joy. Another reason i liked this book is because it had many different concepts that all eventually ended with everyone being happy. Also, it was enjoyable that there was a mystery if Mr.Ringle was Santa. I was fascinated at how Molar always kept Katrina in his heart.
How I have changed after reading this book is that I have given more thought into how Christmas started. The importance of this book is that you should always be thinking about others less fortunate than you, and don't get to be with their family during the holidays.
This book was very well written and definitely be inspiring to others. I suggest that more schools have the students read this book so that they understand the meaning of Christmas and will be grateful for the true meaning.
Yours truly,
Maya

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
My name is Frankie. Mrs.Cox is my 5th period Language Arts teacher.My opinion on The Paper Bag Christmas is that it was an amazing book, and I learned so much from it. I also think that many kids learned from this book.
The Paper Bag Christmas makes you walk in other peoples shoes, and be thankful that you have a home or food to enjoy. I liked this book because it taught me a lesson. Imagine being sick in a hospital, and your only wish was for a friend. Just like how Mo became Katrina's friend.
I have changed since reading this book because now I am more thankful for everything.When I was younger if I didn't get something I would throw a fit, but now I am thankful for everything. The importance of this book is the lesson it teaches. This book teaches not to be greedy.
The Paper Bag Christmas was a truly heart warming book, and I think if everyone read it the world would be a better place. Some kids are greedy and this book would teach them not to be. You, Mr. Milner really did a phenomenal job writing this book. Everyone should read it to be a better person.
Sincerely,
Frankie C.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hey, I'm Chasen and I am a seventh grader from A.E Wright, and I was amazingly touched when I read your heartwarming novel, The Paper Bag Christmas. Before I read your book I thought it was going to be another cheesy Christmas story. Well, I was wrong. There are countless reasons why I enjoyed your book, but I can only list a couple.
One reason is that each chapter ended with a cliff hanger, leaving me left with questions. Each time a chapter ended, I wanted to read another. Eventually, I started to read ahead a few chapters as soon as I got home. In my opinion, the cliffhangers in your book made the reading much more worthwhile. Not only that, I was shocked at how much dialogue you included into your book. The dialogue definitely added drama and comedy into tons of scenes. I think the dialogue also helped me stay awake during the pages.
After reading your bitter sweet novel, I think I changed a lot. I now really know the true meaning of Christmas. I believe the meaning of Christmas is to be generous to the less fortunate and to spend time with your family. I find myself being more generous instead of being selfish as usual. Your book was very important because it taught me how important family is, and that Christmas isn't just about presents, but making new friends and spending time with your family. Also, it teaches us that being beautiful on the inside is much more important than on the outside.
All in all, I really enjoyed your book and I think it earned a place in my heart. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone who doesn't have a stone of heart. I think Katrina had the real Santa spirt. She was the one who gave very important gifts that saved people's lives.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hi! My name is Neala. I am a 7th Grade student at A.E. Wright middle school. My 7th grade English teacher is Mrs.Cox. I think in the the book The Paper Bag Christmas, shows how much caring and doing little for others really can change your life. This book shows good will and emphases the holiday season.
However, I think that Mr.Milne wrote this book to show the real, the true meaning of Christmas and how it came to be. I like the book The Paper Bag Christmas because it puts everyone in the holiday mood. Also, it shows how powerful Christmas and a Paper Bag, can make a huge difference in a person. For example, when Madhu received his liver the Katrina had given to him, after she passed away, Madhu was able to stay with his family for the holidays. I liked that part of the book because it reminds me of the girt giving part, of Christmas. Lastly, when Dr.Ringle weeled his way out of the hospital room after Madhu received his liver, Molar went after him but, he was gone in an blink of an eye. It shows that you cannot hear or see Christmas magic, but you can feel and believe it. Somehow when I read that I felt the Christmas magic.
Furthermore, when I read this book I felt a big change within myself. This isn't about the clothes or the shoes or the phones it is about caring for others, and doing good for others. This book shows the importance of friends, family and others because it shows how much one person can do for another. In the year 2012, I helped serve others by donating to the troops. I also volunteered at Guide Dogs Of America. There were only two women who worked there. I gave the puppies food and water, and played with them. Helping others really puts a smile on my face.
Lastly, the book The Paper Bag Christmas really helped me look into the true meaning of Christmas. This book put me in the holiday mood, and made me eager to help others. This book shows good will and emphases Christmas. Caring and helping people. All in all, I think the book The Paper Bag Christmas, really makes everyone stop what they are doing and do good for others!
Yours truly,

Neala

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hi, I'm Riley and I thought The Paper Bag Christmas was very good book. It is a great book because of its main idea. I enjoyed this book because I like Christmas stories.

I enjoyed this book because of its main idea. I also enjoyed this book because it makes people be nicer to disabled people. The main idea of this book is to be thankful for what we have. I also liked that Katrina gave Mo a second chance to be her friend.

I have changed, and thought about the importance of family since reading this book. I changed by being nicer to people who are disabled. I realized that they are the same as me. I also thought the importance of family, and where I would be without them.

The Paper Bag Christmas Was a very good book. The book was very well thought out. This is the kind of book that you do not want to put down. You did a great job writing this book.
Sincerely,
Riley H.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hello Mr.Milne, my name is Will and I live in Calabasas,California. Your book has changed the way I look at the holiday we call Christmas. I have learned a whole new lesson on giving and helping people.
I absolutely loved the book Paper Bag Christmas for a lot of reasons. One reason I love this book is because the way it was written made me feel as if I was right there every step of the way throughout the story. It really had a lot of detail, which made it an amazing book. Sometimes I felt as if I was actually in the room with Molar. I also loved this book because it teaches people the real meaning of Christmas. That everything you think you have ever wanted is not really what you want.
I have had a big change in my life ever since I finished reading this story. Before, I was a kid who thought Christmas was all about getting presents, money, or other goods. However, now that I've read this book, I now know that Christmas is all about spending time with family and serving people in need. This book is very important for kids all over the world. It's very important because 99% of kids think that Christmas is all about getting presents on Christmas morning, when really it's all about giving presents. That's important for kids all over the world to know.
All in all this is a phenomenal book with lots of passion and meaning. More importantly, people who did not realize it before will learn that it feels better to give than to receive. Thank you for writing this amazing book Mr. Milne.

Yours Truly,
Will Vangelos

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hi, I am Jake from A.E. Wright Middle School. I'm 12 years old and live in a family of five. My brother, Nick is ten years old, and my sister, Anneli, is seven years old. Your book The Paper Bag Christmas was an emotional story, but great in the end.
I liked this book because it showed how much friendship can mean to someone. Like the friendship between Katrina and Mo. Another favorite part I liked is how every person has a very specific attitude. How Mo tries to help and participate in varies things.
I think the importance of your book is to spend more time being with your friends and family than get presents. Time flies when your having fun. I serve others with respect and care. I only treat people bad if they treat me bad.
In conclusion, the book is about friendship and having a good time. The book was a great book. It was sad at the end. Spending time with loved ones is the greatest thing.
Yours truly,
Jake

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
Hello! My name is Nima, and I am a big fan of your writing! I am in Mrs. Cox's fifth period English Language Arts class. Besides reading The Paper Bag Christmas, I have read one of your other books: Sweet Misfortune. Same as Sweet Misfortune, The Paper Bag Christmas is truly extraordinary. The book made me laugh and cry, and I just could not put it down. Everyday, as my teacher read it in class, I would want to go ahead. If I had to choose my favorite part, it would be the ending. It was a huge twist!
To start, I loved the quotes from every chapter. They were just as inspirational as the book! In the beginning of the book, Molar describes how his Christmas started on Santa's lap, but that it wasn't any ordinary lap. That was very creative! Also, I feel as if I can relate to Molar because of all his adventuress in the hospital. My favorite adventure Molar had definitely has to be the Christmas Pageant. Katrina's speech was so powerful! Speaking of Katrina, she was such a brave little girl. And besides Molar, she was also my favorite character. Madhu was very smart, and I loved how he talked to the adults such as Nurse Wimble. All of the adventures in the book sounded so fun, I wish I could have tagged along!
I have learned many things from this amazing book. One thing I learned was that even though someone is gone, you may still get something out of it. From memories, to a liver! I have gained much more self-confidence in myself, and learned that it is key in life. I also learned that happiness doesn't just come from others, it comes from you too. You are very great at teaching life's morals!
The way the book was written was perfect. I always imagined tat I was actually there. One thing that I getting taught while reading was that when opportunity knocks, answer it! Even though things don't always turn out as you planned, you have to realize that everybody makes mistakes. I will always remember this book and recommend it to every book lover out there! Keep on writing!
Yours truly,
Nima

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr.Milne,
Hi my name is Sean. I'm a 7th Grader attending A.E.Wright Middle School. I'm here to tell you what a phenomenal job you did on the The Paper Bag Christmas. Reading this story made me realize the true meaning of Christmas, and to join with family and friends on a marvelous night. Each chapter urges you to read on with hints and clues on every page. The thrills and excitements in the book that catch your eyes fill your heart with sadness and joy. I for once think this book is by far the #1 book I have read this year.
I fell in love with this book because of the characters they just connect so well together and had different characteristics, for example, Maduh was very energetic, friendly, and loved to talk, bout on the other hand Katrina was shy, angry, and always stubborn. Also, Mo tried to become friends with Katrina but always failed but he never quit because he was determined to help Dr.Ringle and tried harder to not let him down. Each character was very different but seemed to all fit perfectly together. Another reason that made me fall in love with this book is the adventures and characters took in the story, like the time Timothy and Mo went around searching for clues to see if Dr.Ringle was the real Santa Clause. Also, a great adventurous part in the book is when Mo tried everything he could to make Katrina attend the pageant, and made everyone wear a bag over their heads so Katrina wouldn't look ridiculous in front of the crowd, for I thought it was outstanding and so sweet of Mo to do. The book over all was a brilliant masterpiece, well done Mr.Milne.
The book changed my feelings on how to help others and what I could do for my community. Anyone who reads this book can connect to the conflicts and characters. The importance of Christmas or any holiday is to love one another, and celebrate, its to not worry about the past, it to think about the future. It's the time to come together and to help others.
You took me on a Journey into the life of a boy named Mo who was brave, kind-hearted, and wonderful. You wanted to show people what the true meaning of Christmas really was and you executed the meaning perfectly. Every time I read a page or so I was eager to read more and more. I was hooked on every page I just couldn't stop reading. As I said this book is by far the #1 book I have ever read this year.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Milne,
My name is Sophie, and I am a student in Mrs. Cox's fifth period class. Also I really liked how The Paper Bag Christmas states the real meaning of Christmas and how the book was written. I liked The Paper Bag Christmas, because it tells you the actual meaning of Christmas, and also sometimes I would get so into the book that it actually felt like it was happening to me. When it states the real meaning of Christmas it doesn't say it right away. You would have to read further and figure it out with the problems or things going on too.
When Katrina passing away, she gave what she left and gave it to the people that really needed it. Another reason I like the book was I would get so caught up into it, because of the way it was written, and just the problems going on you would really get tangled into the book. For example when Katrina decided to be in the Christmas pageant and nurse Wimble said she didn't have any spots left, I felt really bad and I would just want to yell at her and say," Let her be in the Christmas pageant." This book was a really good book to read and I liked how it explains the real meaning of Christmas, and how you actually felt like you were part of the book.
Your book was important to read, because it had a lot of lessons in it. One of them is it is better to give then receive. For example when Molar and Aaron gave their time to the sick kids instead of doing other things. Another lesson we learned was that shouldn't make fun of people who look different or did different things. For example, when Katrina was in the pageant and she was put as an angel, some of them said they don't want her, because she had a white paper bag on her head. The Paper Bag Christmas is a good book to read, because it has a lot of lessons in it.
"What do you want for Christmas?" exclaimed Santa. In The Paper Bag Christmas it is a good book to read, because it states the real meaning of Christmas, you actually feel like your in the book, and it has a lot of lessons in it. I think if a lot of people read this book, they would rethink what they really want for Christmas.

Yours truly,
Sophie

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