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Fiona's Lace av Patricia Polacco

Fiona's Lace (utgåvan 2014)

av Patricia Polacco (Författare)

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"Fiona and her family moved from Ireland to Chicago to begin a new life. Yet, when the family is struck with misfortune, will Fiona's lace help save them?"--
Titel:Fiona's Lace
Författare:Patricia Polacco (Författare)
Info:Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (2014), Edition: Illustrated, 48 pages
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Fiona's Lace av Patricia Polacco


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Patricia Polacco once again mines her family history in order to create a poignant tale, using the story of her paternal Irish ancestors and their journey to America as the basis for Fiona's Lace. When the textile mill near their home in Limerick closes down, Fiona and her family travel to America, where the young girl's parents become servants to a wealthy family in Chicago. When the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 threatens to separate them, Fiona, inspired by the story of how her parents met, uses her beautiful lace as a means of reuniting them...

At one point, I had read all of author/illustrator Patricia Polacco's books (I stopped at 56, I believe), but it has been a few years since I last picked one up, so I was looking forward to Fiona's Lace, particularly as I recently spent a few years living in Ireland. As usual with Polacco's books, I thought the story poignant, and I found myself tearing up a bit at the conclusion. That said, I found the Irish accent/dialect that Polacco used somewhat off-putting - I would struggle to articulate just why, but it didn't feel authentic to me - and I kept wondering what my friends back in Ireland would make of it. As mentioned, Polacco has made use of many family stories in her books, and her ancestors hail from a diverse range of European ethnicities. Despite that fact, I can't recall her using such a pronounced accent when writing the dialogue for her other ancestors, such the Russian Jewish family in The Keeping Quilt. Surely they must also have spoken with a heavy accent? While I'm sure it was not intentional, there was a showiness to the depiction of Fiona and her family that made me vaguely uncomfortable, in a way I have never felt before, reading any Polacco title. Again, it might simply have been my own discomfort at the use of accent/dialect, but I felt as if Polacco the storyteller was external to her characters, in ways she has not been in her other books.

Leaving that issue aside, I was also disappointed to see that the town from which the author's ancestors are said to come - Glen Kerry, Limerick - doesn't appear to exist. Was that part made up? If so, how much else is fiction, and how much non-fiction? As a story of the hardships faced by Irish immigrants to America, and of the power of traditional craft and family tradition to overcome those hardships, I did appreciate Fiona's Lace. But in the end, my positive reaction was mixed with a vague feeling of discomfort at the issues mentioned above. Perspectives (needless to say) vary, so I'd still recommend this one, both to Polacco fans, and to those seeking children's stories about the Irish immigrant experience. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Feb 18, 2020 |
This heartwarming story is about a girl named Fiona with a special talent who uses her talent to bring her family back together. One day Fiona's family decides to migrate from where they are from, Ireland, to Chicago for new opportunities. Little did they know, they would face many trials along their trip. Unfortunately, Fiona ends up getting separated from her family. This was a very devastating moment in the story. There was no need to worry though, Fiona uses her lacing skills to help her family find her! This book was a great read and is definitely perfect for middle schoolers. There are some higher level vocabulary words that will challenge students and the pictures add to the story. The overall story and theme of the book is also great for students, especially in a diverse classroom because it brings awareness to migration. ( )
  Brea_Groce | Mar 11, 2019 |
Fiona and her family come to Chicago from Ireland, they work to pay for their way over here at night Fiona works on beautiful one of a kind lace. She and her family eventually get separated from one another, and it is that unique lace that brings them back together.

I would use this book around March, to teach about Ireland possibly. I could also have the students create their own unique lace and write a story behind that lace. ( )
  lindseyluchak | Nov 25, 2018 |
Fiona is from a poor village in Ireland and her father works in the textile mills. She asks her father how she met her mother. Her father explains he saw lace on the bushes and the lace created a pathway that he followed to find her mothers house. He stopped in front of a little cottage and saw no more of the lace so he knew it was her house. A few days following they got married and had Fiona and her sister. Fiona then ran to show them her day's handiwork her mother was teaching her to be a fine lacemaker. But her mother could no longer stitch because of her arthritis, her fingers were swollen from the pain. Fiona's parents are confident that once she becomes older she will be able to work at the parlor. Unfortunately, the mill in the village closed and it forced many families to leave. One day Annie, Fiona's mother has a conversation with the neighbor. The neighbor explains all she had to do to get passage to America was sign a contract to serve a wealthy family. Within a week they too went to an agency to sign a contract to work for a family in Chicago America. They packed all of their items and left what they could not take. But when they arrived it was not what they expected they were living with their neighbor in very poor living conditions and they were to work for free until the money used to bring them to America was paid off. Annie had to get a second job along with her husband. She got a second job scrubbing laundry. Annie takes Fiona to a parlor that is willing to pay Fiona for as much lace as she can make. One night there is loud screaming there is a fire and everyone must evacuate the house. Fiona and her sister run and do not find their parents. After the fire has passed they fear they will not be able to reunite with there parents. Fiona thinks of how her parents met and decided to leave a trail of lace by cutting the lace they were going to sell. Finally, thanks to the trail of lace Fiona's parents find them hiding. The girls are sad by the destroyed lace, but their parents explain how it is actually worth so much more because it is thanks to that lace that they are safe. I think this is a great book for grade level kindergarten through all grades. It might be too long for kindergarten. This book is great for children to learn about different cultures and how places vary so greatly in different parts of the world like Ireland vs Chicago. It also shows the hardship that many families face and how they are forced to move. Lastly, the ending is a great message for students to realize sometimes things have to be sacrificed for the greater good and that is okay. ( )
  Salma.Mart | Nov 25, 2018 |
This book is about a family that immigrates from Ireland to Chicago, and gets separated. But The main character Fiona makes lace and when she gets lost, it helps her family find her. This book would be good to use in the classroom to teach about immigration and family. ( )
  Megannau1 | Oct 16, 2018 |
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