Welcome is the name of a young boy. He moves from foster home to foster home and is teased at school. The school janitor, Mr. Hamp befriends Welcome, spends time with him, and gives him confidence and love. Christmas is coming, but Welcome doesn’t believe in the magic of the season. After all, he says, “I don’t have any family, and Santa! He’s not even real.” Mr. Hamp helps Welcome to believe in the season, and Welcome’s life is changed forever. Welcome Comfort is a story that depicts the importance of acceptance, the power and long-lasting, positive effects of supportive role models. Enhanced by Patricia Polacco’s emotion-filled illustrations, Welcome Comfort is a captivating and beautiful story.

Published 1999, Puffin Books