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  1. Patricia Polacco An Author Study By Cheryl Bohn

  2. Why Patricia Polacco? • Storyteller - personally intrigued by oral and written tradition • Both author and illustrator • Eastern Europe culture and traditions • Stories from family and heritage • Most books have interactions between young and elderly person

  3. A bit of history • Born in 1944 • Mother’s family Russian Jews, and Father’s family Irish • Both grandparents storytellers • Dyslexic - didn’t learn to read until 14 years old • Began writing at 41 years old

  4. Firetalking • Ukranian grandmother called telling stories around the fire “Firetalking” • Patricia and brother would always ask at end of story, “Is this story true?” • Babushka replied, “Of course it is true, but it may not have happened.”

  5. Keeping quilt • Story of her mother’s family coming to United States • Quilt made from mother’s outgrown dress, babushka, and other old family clothing • Still used for weddings, table cloths, & welcoming babies • Black/white illustrations with quilt in color

  6. Rechenka’s Eggs • Goose, Rechenka, accidently tips over basket of lovely painted eggs • Begins laying painted eggs to replace broken ones • Ukranian babushka taught her to make Pysanky eggs • Gorgeous illustrations

  7. Uncle Vova’s Tree • Christmas memories • Russian traditions • Tree decorated with Pysanky eggs • Meal of kutya • Sleigh ride • Decorating tree outside for birds; tree symbolizes “roots” planted when uncle and aunt came to US

  8. Mrs. Katz and Tush • Mrs. Katz emigated from Poland • Bonds with Larnel over a runt kitten who needs a home • Discover they both have a lot in common (dealing with prejudice) • Celebrate Passover together

  9. Babushka Stories • Babushka’s Doll • Babushka only played with doll once • Granddaughter Natasha learns a lesson • Babushka’s Mother Goose • Reshaped tales from Aesop, Mother Goose, and Moldavian Folk tales • Babushka’s Baba Yaga • Russian Folklore • Baba Yaga becomes babushka

  10. Video: Dream Keeper • Patricia Polacco talks about writing and illustrating • Using imagination • Playing the story over and over in her mind before she writes or draws • Listening for the voice

  11. Patricia Polacco website • List of books with samples of illustrations (used in this PowerPoint) • Activities for teachers using books • Autobiography • Create postcards sent via email • Patricia Polacco only responses by US post (not email)

  12. Retelling other people’s stories • Pink and Say • John Philip Duck • I Can Hear the Sun (modern myth) • Christmas Tapestry (adapted from story heard from 2 ministers)

  13. Teasing, Acceptance, or Overcoming Fears • Mr. Lincoln’s Way • Racism is a form of “adult teasing” • Bully overcomes racism for African American principal through building an atrium at school • Welcome Comfort • Children teasing comfort • Boy who grows up to be Santa Claus

  14. Teasing, Acceptance, or Overcoming Fears (continued) • Thundercakes • Autobiographical story about overcoming fear of thunder • Thank you, Mr. Falker • Autobiographical story about a teacher who discovered her dyslexia • Teasing and a bully destroy self worth

  15. Resources • Firetalking by Patricia Polacco; Richard G. Owens Publishers, New York (E 921 Polacco) • Patricia Polacco Website http://www.patriciapolacco.com • Patricia Polacco Dream Keeper Video07:22 - 10:05 “ The Voice” connects all of us in our humanity 10:05 - 12:30 Thundercake