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Patricia Polacco

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About the Author

Patricia Polacco was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 11, 1944. She attended Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, California before heading off to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, then Laney Community College in Oakland. She then set off for Monash University, Mulgrave, näytä lisää Australia and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia where she received a Ph.D in Art History, Emphasis on Iconography. After college, she restored ancient pieces of art for museums. She didn't start writing children's books until she was 41 years old. She began writing down the stories that were in her head, and was then encouraged to join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. There she learned how to put together a dummy and get a story into the form of a children's picture book. Her mother paid for a trip to New York, where the two visited 16 publishers in one week. She submitted everything she had to more than one house. By the time she returned home the following week, she had sold just about everything. Polacco has won the 1988 Sydney Taylor Book Award for The Keeping Quilt, and the 1989 International Reading Association Award for Rechenka's Eggs. She was inducted into the Author's Hall of Fame by the Santa Clara Reading Council in 1990, and received the Commonwealth Club of California's Recognition of Excellence that same year for Babushka's Doll, and again in 1992 for Chicken Sunday. She also won the Golden Kite Award for Illustration from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for Chicken Sunday in 1992, as well as the Boston Area Educators for Social Responsibility Children's Literature and Social Responsibility Award. In 1993, she won the Jane Adams Peace Assoc. and Women's Intl. League for Peace and Freedom Honor award for Mrs. Katz and Tush for its effective contribution to peace and social justice. She has won Parent's Choice Honors for Some Birthday in 1991, the video Dream Keeper in 1997 and Thank You Mr. Falker in 1998. In 1996, she won the Jo Osborne Award for Humor in Children's Literature. Her titles The Art of Miss. Chew and The Blessing Cup made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Thank You, Mr. Falker (1998) 3,497 kappaletta
Thunder Cake (1990) 2,846 kappaletta
Pink and Say (1994) 2,762 kappaletta
The Keeping Quilt (1988) 2,703 kappaletta
Chicken Sunday (1992) 2,625 kappaletta
Mrs. Katz and Tush (1992) 1,741 kappaletta
The bee tree (1993) 1,457 kappaletta
Babushka's Doll (1990) 1,444 kappaletta
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (1994) 1,440 kappaletta
Rechenka's Eggs (1656) 1,340 kappaletta
The Junkyard Wonders (2010) 1,246 kappaletta
Just Plain Fancy (1990) 1,237 kappaletta
Mr. Lincoln's Way (2001) 1,210 kappaletta
The Butterfly (2000) 1,135 kappaletta
John Philip Duck (2004) 778 kappaletta
The Trees of the Dancing Goats (1996) 741 kappaletta
Emma Kate (2005) 735 kappaletta
Christmas Tapestry (2002) 694 kappaletta
For the Love of Autumn (2008) 692 kappaletta
Babushka Baba Yaga (1993) 651 kappaletta
When Lightning Comes in a Jar (2002) 593 kappaletta
An Orange for Frankie (2004) 545 kappaletta
Mrs. Mack (1998) 499 kappaletta
In Our Mothers' House (1967) 469 kappaletta
Some Birthday! (1991) 468 kappaletta
Meteor! (1987) 449 kappaletta
The Graves Family (2003) 433 kappaletta
Welcome Comfort (1999) 392 kappaletta
Betty Doll (2001) 375 kappaletta
My Ol' Man (1995) 369 kappaletta
The Lemonade Club (2007) 341 kappaletta
Fiona's Lace (2014) 308 kappaletta
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow (1992) 303 kappaletta
G is for Goat (2003) 294 kappaletta
Luba and the Wren (1999) 286 kappaletta
Appelemando's Dreams (1991) 275 kappaletta
Tikvah Means Hope (1615) 271 kappaletta
I Can Hear the Sun (1996) 259 kappaletta
The Art of Miss Chew (2012) 253 kappaletta
An A From Miss Keller (2015) 248 kappaletta
The Blessing Cup (2013) 240 kappaletta
Bully (2012) 238 kappaletta
January's Sparrow (2009) 230 kappaletta
Clara and Davie (2014) 217 kappaletta
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln (2011) 216 kappaletta
Mommies Say Shhh (2005) 216 kappaletta
Bun Bun Button (2011) 212 kappaletta
Something About Hensley's (2006) 208 kappaletta
The Graves Family Goes Camping (2005) 197 kappaletta
Uncle Vova's Tree (1989) 188 kappaletta
Babushka's Mother Goose (1995) 185 kappaletta
Oh, Look! (2004) 184 kappaletta
Someone for Mr. Sussmann (2008) 177 kappaletta
Ginger and Petunia (2007) 168 kappaletta
Tucky Jo and Little Heart (2015) 163 kappaletta
Gifts of the Heart (2013) 145 kappaletta
In Enzo's Splendid Garden (1997) 134 kappaletta
Firetalking (1994) 132 kappaletta
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece (2014) 118 kappaletta
The Mermaid's Purse (2016) 98 kappaletta
Holes in the Sky (2018) 69 kappaletta
Remembering Vera (2017) 66 kappaletta
The Bravest Man in the World (2019) 57 kappaletta
Because of Thursday (2016) 56 kappaletta
Sticks and Stones (2020) 44 kappaletta
Palace of Books (2023) 38 kappaletta
Still Firetalking (2014) 26 kappaletta
Patricia Polacco: Dream Keeper (1990) 4 kappaletta
Christmas tapestry 2 kappaletta

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Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (1888) — Kuvittaja, eräät painokset1,400 kappaletta

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Independent Reading Level: 2-5
Awards: ALSC Notable Children's Book
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csehr | 88 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 5, 2023 |
A wonderful book of sharing the terrible way in which the Nazis Jews living in Russia a short time to get out of the country.
As usual, Polacco weaves real life experiences of her family into her writings and, while her illustrations are not soft and beautiful, I've read so many of her books that I've grown to enjoy her artistry.

This tells the tale of a loving community of Jews who had to suddenly vacate their homes and take only enough room for a small amount of possessions to fit in a cart. The Blessing Cup was very carefully packed so as not to break the family heirloom.

The tea set was given to her great grandmother from an aunt in Minsk. The note inside the package said it was a gift for her marriage elebration. Anyone who drank from the tea cups would experience the magic of blessings from God. They will never know a day of hunger. Their lives would always have flavor and they would know love and joy...and never be poor.

Sadly, while the tea set was stunningly beautiful, and held special significance, the items promised did not come true. Life was exceeding difficult for Jews. I think of how difficult it would be making decisions of what is so special that it has to be included in the cart that was used to carry them away from their community in Russia.

Polacco's Great Grandmother, Great Grandfather, and their two children left in haste, saying sad goodbyes to those they loved and were leaving, knowing most likely to never see again.

Enroute, Patricia's Great Grandfather became very ill. They were taken in by a very kind doctor who shared his fine home. He not only housed them at great personal risk, but to save their lives, he sold a very precious persian rug to purchase traveling papers so they could cross the border safely, and arranged passage on a ship to take them to America. The evening before they left, the precious tea set was taken out for all to celebrate blessings. And, the tea set, except for one tea cup was given to the doctor as a supreme act of thanks for all that was done for them.

The cup was then passed down to the next generation and remained in the family and called "The Blessing Cup" because of the shared blessings.

In 1962, Patricia's mother gave the blessing cup to her on her weddding day. She kept it in a special place, passing on the story of the blessing cup to her childen. During an earthquake in San Francisco Bay of California, the cup was broken evenly in two pieces.
Patricia has two daughters.

This is a beautiful story, and, in reading this book, I was once again reminded of the very, incredible rich heritage of Jewish families who knew the most important thing was the stories and the love that held the family together throughout the terrible years of pure evil hatred.
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Whisper1 | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 3, 2023 |
A young boy rebels against piano lessons. His grandfather has a story to tell him abount the importance of learning to play an instrument.

The story toldl by his grandfather is about a young orphan, Jonathan Harker, who plays his ragedy violin to those on the street who stop to listen to him. He becomes accidently stowed away on the Titanic where by chance he meets Wallace Hartlery who is hired to provide music to people on the Titanic. Soon, Jonathan is taken under wing by Wallace Hartley. The story of Wallace Hatley is true. As the Titanic, a beautiful ship, hit and ice berg and was doomed to sink, Wallae Hatley encouraged his men to stay on the ship and play beautiul music as the ship was sinking.

Sadly, the magnificent ship, was dramatically sinking, bravely Wallace Hartley continued to provide music to those who were terrified rearding what was happening, around them some were getting in boats, while others are floating and dying in bitter cold water.

This is a uniquely different book by the author Patricia Polacco, whose previous books were her personal events throughout her life. Patricia Polacco is an award-winning writer who produced many books.
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Whisper1 | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 18, 2023 |
A Civil War story of hope and a tragic end. This Black and White drama will certainly move its readers to tears. Still, Pink although good-natured was killed, but Say survived, to tell us about their amazing ordeal.
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erwinkennythomas | 88 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 15, 2023 |



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