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Patricia Polacco

Författare till Thank You, Mr. Falker

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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, visa mer 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) visa färre
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Verk av Patricia Polacco

Thank You, Mr. Falker (1998) 3,496 exemplar
Thunder Cake (1990) 2,846 exemplar
Pink and Say (1994) 2,760 exemplar
The Keeping Quilt (1988) 2,701 exemplar
Chicken Sunday (1992) 2,624 exemplar
Mrs. Katz and Tush (1992) 1,739 exemplar
The bee tree (1993) 1,457 exemplar
Babushka's Doll (1990) 1,443 exemplar
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (1994) 1,439 exemplar
Rechenka's Eggs (1656) 1,340 exemplar
The Junkyard Wonders (2010) 1,246 exemplar
Just Plain Fancy (1990) 1,236 exemplar
Mr. Lincoln's Way (2001) 1,210 exemplar
The Butterfly (2000) 1,133 exemplar
John Philip Duck (2004) 778 exemplar
The Trees of the Dancing Goats (1996) 741 exemplar
Emma Kate (2005) 734 exemplar
Christmas Tapestry (2002) 692 exemplar
For the Love of Autumn (2008) 692 exemplar
Babushka Baba Yaga (1993) 650 exemplar
When Lightning Comes in a Jar (2002) 593 exemplar
An Orange for Frankie (2004) 544 exemplar
Mrs. Mack (1998) 499 exemplar
Some Birthday! (1991) 468 exemplar
In Our Mothers' House (1967) 467 exemplar
Meteor! (1987) 449 exemplar
The Graves Family (2003) 433 exemplar
Welcome Comfort (1999) 391 exemplar
Betty Doll (2001) 375 exemplar
My Ol' Man (1995) 369 exemplar
The Lemonade Club (2007) 341 exemplar
Fiona's Lace (2014) 308 exemplar
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow (1992) 304 exemplar
G is for Goat (2003) 294 exemplar
Luba and the Wren (1999) 286 exemplar
Appelemando's Dreams (1991) 275 exemplar
Tikvah Means Hope (1615) 271 exemplar
I Can Hear the Sun (1996) 259 exemplar
The Art of Miss Chew (2012) 253 exemplar
An A From Miss Keller (2015) 248 exemplar
The Blessing Cup (2013) 240 exemplar
Bully (2012) 237 exemplar
January's Sparrow (2009) 230 exemplar
Mommies Say Shhh (2005) 216 exemplar
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln (2011) 216 exemplar
Clara and Davie (2014) 215 exemplar
Bun Bun Button (2011) 211 exemplar
Something About Hensley's (2006) 207 exemplar
The Graves Family Goes Camping (2005) 197 exemplar
Uncle Vova's Tree (1989) 188 exemplar
Babushka's Mother Goose (1995) 185 exemplar
Oh, Look! (2004) 184 exemplar
Someone for Mr. Sussmann (2008) 177 exemplar
Ginger and Petunia (2007) 168 exemplar
Tucky Jo and Little Heart (2015) 162 exemplar
Gifts of the Heart (2013) 145 exemplar
In Enzo's Splendid Garden (1997) 134 exemplar
Firetalking (1994) 132 exemplar
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece (2014) 118 exemplar
The Mermaid's Purse (2016) 98 exemplar
Holes in the Sky (2018) 69 exemplar
Remembering Vera (2017) 66 exemplar
The Bravest Man in the World (2019) 57 exemplar
Because of Thursday (2016) 56 exemplar
Sticks and Stones (2020) 44 exemplar
Palace of Books (2023) 38 exemplar
Still Firetalking (2014) 26 exemplar
Christmas tapestry 2 exemplar
Mr Lincoln's Way 1 exemplar
Reading Rainbow: Appelemando's Dreams [1994 TV episode] (1994) — Författare — 1 exemplar

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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 andra recensioner | 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 andra recensioner | 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.
erwinkennythomas | 87 andra recensioner | Nov 15, 2023 |
Not one of my favorite's of this author, still worth reading. This is intended for a younger audience than her other books. Outlining noises made by various animals, this ends with the sound of "shhh, shhh, shhh" made by a mother to her child.
Whisper1 | 25 andra recensioner | Oct 29, 2023 |



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