I absolutely loved the story "Hattie's Birthday Box" ,because a little box made a HUGE difference in Hattie's life! I was astonished by what she said in the end. She said," Spencer your gift was the best one!" I was very emotional in the middle of it . i was happy to find out that Hattie was not mad at her brother. I loved the way Ms. Conrad used vivid words! I think Ms. Conrad is an excellent author. Hattie was a very tough lady. the box helped through everything from her crops burning to her child drowning. I would have opened the box by then, but she realized that things could get even worse. She tells Spencer,her brother,that the empty box was more than any piece of jewelry. He finally realized that she was thanking him for the box! I enjoyed reading this story. I would love to meet Ms. Conrad one day!