Don’t Fear Differences…Celebrate Them!

The Graves Family By Patricia Polacco   Patricia Polacco has written beautifully in her picture books about what it means to be an “outsider.” Many of her books were based, it seems, on her hometown of Union City, Michigan. And “The Graves Family” is no exception as there appears to be a real “Graves” house…

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Way Back Wednesday Essential Classic: Passover Edition

Mrs. Katz and Tush By Patricia Polacco   Sacrifice, suffering – and a gradual, hard won ascendance are part of the dual Jewish and African American histories. Is it possible to blend these two cultural stories into a simply wonderful Passover story? You bet. If your name is Patricia Polacco and you’ve had some hard…

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Another Gem from Patricia Polacco!

Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece By Patricia Polacco   School is back in session at the same time that one of my favorite picture book authors, Ms. Patricia Polacco, offers her newest picture book and it is reason to celebrate on so many levels.Artistically and narratively, her books are a joy to read. They draw you in…

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Getting Ready for President’s Day!

Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln By Patricia Polacco     There is a huge resurgence in interest this year in the 16th president of the United States, one Abraham Lincoln. Not that there was any doubt of a wane in his popularity given the fact that he preserved the Union, ended the Civil War, freed…

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The New Phase of Bullying

Bully By Patricia Polacco I’d like to piggyback this newest title from Ms. Polacco entitled Bully to my last blog entry (posted on August 22nd), also by the same author. That title is called Thank you Mr. Falker. They’re sort of book ends that address a similar problem in school seen from different grade levels…

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Celebrate Women’s History Month 2012

The Art of Miss Chew By Patricia Polacco   Women’s History Month, which is running March 1 through March 31 of this year, has adopted the theme of Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment. In viewing their web site, I found it filled with information I found surprising. For instance, women far outrun men in the…

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A Mother’s Day classic by Patricia Polacco

Chicken Sunday, written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco Have you ever been fortunate enough to have a mother figure in your life? I have. In fact, I’ve had several. If you’re lucky enough to come into the sphere of influence of these remarkable people, they touch you in ways that nurture you, filling some empty…

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