Friday, November 10, 2006Friday Coffeehouse: Patricia Polacco
For today's coffeehouse subject ;) I'd like to share with you all one of my favorite author/illustrators of children's books. She is known for her very colorful, folky illustrations and wholesome stories based on her own life experiences and passions...
Her name is Patricia Polacco. Born in Lansing, Michigan her heritage is Russian, Ukranian and Irish. As a child she spent the school year in Oakland, California, her summers in Michigan on her grandparent's farm... this explains to me where she gets her passion for thunderstorms! I share her passion, and still delight in reading her wonderful book titled:
Thundercake. This is my favorite of her books. The story illustrates a delight in thunderstorms as opposed to a fear. It also is a feast to look at her detailed illustrations which include icons on the walls of the home. If you know your icons, you'll certainly recognize some of them!
G is For Goat-- This book is a delightful, colorfully illustrated rhyming alphabet book. Unlike the normal A is for Apple type, this one is unique in that it follows a little girl around the goat farm. As you learn the alphabet, you learn about goats as well... the Goats who nibble on Oats...
"L is for lunch-get out of their way! M is for Munch; clothes taste better than hay."... to see more of these illustrations go to: http://www.patriciapolacco.com/books/goat/index.html
The Keeping Quilt--
"...A Russian immigrant mother and family arrive in the United States. She plans to make a quilt from a basket of old clothes, telling her daughter, "It will be like having the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night". The quilt is passed along from mother to daughter for four generations. It becomes a Sabbath tablecloth and a wedding canopy. When it becomes a blanket for new generations of children, it really tells a family's story of love, faith and endurance..." to read more from this review, go to: http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/keepingquilt.html
She has many more out there, but these are a few of my favorites. I highly suggest getting some of them out of the library to read. I own a few of them as I wanted them to be a permanent part of our bookshelf for the many years to come.
~Sia, Vancouver, WA
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