Search Results: "Patricia Polacco"


BOOK REVIEW

REMEMBERING VERA by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fitting addition to the annals of doggy courage. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A stirring tribute to an abandoned dog who became a Coast Guard hero. Read full book review >

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FIONA'S LACE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Polacco's large and multiethnic family yields up another fine story, this one in greens and grays, lace and fire. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the textile mill in Glen Kerry, Ireland, is closed, Fiona's family accepts passage to Chicago to work as servants for the family who paid their fares. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVES FAMILY GOES CAMPING by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Delightfully gross and utterly unserious. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Polacco again exercises the surprising streak of goofiness revealed in The Graves Family (2003). Read full book review >

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JOHN PHILIP DUCK by Patricia Polacco
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"An excellent read aloud for older crowds, but the ever-so-slightly anthropomorphic ducks will come across best shared one-on-one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Edward and his father work for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis since the Depression has brought hard times for so many. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVES FAMILY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Halloween or any other time. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Polacco sets her wildest romp yet around an actual "haunted house" in her Michigan hometown. Read full book review >

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BETTY DOLL by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a beautiful, loving treatment of one woman's life, but in the end likely to resonate more with adults than children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll becomes the vehicle for Polacco's (The Butterfly, 2000, etc.) deeply felt remembrance of her mother, Mary Ellen. Read full book review >

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I CAN HEAR THE SUN by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"If only the rest of the book were as real as she is. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Polacco (Babushka's Mother Goose, 1995, etc.) adds to her list of memorable characters in this somewhat mawkish tale of throwaway (homeless) people, a blind goose, and a park keeper named Stephanie Michele. Read full book review >

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BABUSHKA'S MOTHER GOOSE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"Mother Goose's high spirits reside in this Russian fare, accompanied by boldly painted scenes of people and animals dashing around and happily kicking up claws, paws, and heels. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
An anthology of original poems and flavorfully adapted folk tales and rhymes, carefully sourced and credited. Read full book review >

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PINK AND SAY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"A spectacular achievement. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4- 8)"
A white youth from Ohio, Sheldon Russell Curtis (Say), and a black youth from Georgia, Pinkus Aylee (Pink), meet as young soldiers with the Union army. Read full book review >

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MY ROTTEN REDHEADED OLDER BROTHER by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Polacco has proved time and again that she is masterful both as illustrator and storyteller, and this book is no exception. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Patricia has an older brother who looks "like a weasel with glasses," but that's just for starters. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN SUNDAY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 1992

"A unique piece of Americana, as generously warm as Miss Eula herself, with her glorious singing voice 'like slow thunder and sweet rain.' (Picture book. 4-9)"
Drawing on her Oakland childhood, Polacco tells a wonderful story about helping her beat friends get an Easter hat for "gramma." Read full book review >

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SOME BIRTHDAY! by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Both the lively narrative and the energetic illustrations capture the thrill and humor of these shenanigans; Polacco's characters' flamboyant gestures, like mime, adroitly convey both their comically exaggerated reactions and their subtler feelings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"My mom and dad were divorced," begins this refreshing variant on a familiar theme. Read full book review >