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Baba Yaga is a witch famous throughout Russia for eating children, but this Babushka Baba Yaga is a lonely old woman who just wants a grandchild to love. "Kids will respond to the joyful story of the outsider who gets to join in, and Polacco's richly patterned paintings of Russian peasant life on the edge of the woods are full of light and color. " -- Booklist "A warm, lively tale, neatly mixing new and old and illustrated with Polacco's usual energetic action, bright folk patterns, and affectionate characterizations. " --Kirkus Reviews
From the book: Stewart and Winston were my neighbors. They were my brothers by a solemn ceremony we had performed in their backyard one summer....Their gramma, Eula Mae Walker, was my gramma now. More than anything in the world, the children want to buy that special Easter bonnet in Mr. Kodinski's shop window for their Miss Eula. She is always so good to them, and how they love to hear her sing - her voice is like slow thunder and sweet rain. But the hat costs money, and the children do not have enough. Then one day, when they are mistakenly accused of throwing eggs at the shop owner's window, they discover just the right way to prove their innocence - and earn money for the hat at the same time. With her characteristic full, vibrant colors and rich, folk-art style, author-artist Patricia Polacco once again reaches into her childhood and weaves a lasting story of acceptance, trust, and love.
In the middle of the dark night, the Crosswhites--including young Sadie--flee the Kentucky plantation they slave on, leaving everything they own behind, including the wooden sparrow January carved for Sadie. Dear January has been beaten and probably killed by the plantation master. They fear they may be next. Across the Ohio River and traveling the Underground Railroad, they make the slow and arduous journey north to Marshall, MI, where finally they are free! Or are they? How the Crosswhite family and the whole town of Marshall face slave catchers in their midnight attack and stand up heroically for what is right is brought to life in art and words by the great storyteller Patricia Polacco.
Everything about going to visit the Harpers Ferry Civil War Museum is mysterious: the war-torn uniforms, the guns, the battlefield photographs. Then Michael and Derek are invited by the strange museum director to "play a game," and before they know it, they're walking through a door straight into 1862. It's only the beginning as they are whisked by carriage to the battlefields at nearby Antietam only days after the battle. There, assisting a Civil War photographer, they see for themselves battlefield after battlefield, finally coming face-to-face with Abraham Lincoln himself. And they begin to wonder--is this a game after all? Once again, beloved storyteller Patricia Polacco brings history to vibrant life, this time a pivotal moment of the entire Civil War. Readers will be intrigued by the time-travel mystery and the idea that museums just might be a doorway into actual history.
[FROM THE BOOK JACKET] "We will make a quilt to help us always remember home," Anna's mother said. "It will be like having the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night." And so it was. From a basket of old clothes, Anna's babushka, Uncle Vladimir's shirt, Aunt havalah's nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha's bcome The Keeping Quilt, passed along from mother to daughter for almost a century. For four generations the quilt is a Sabbath table- cloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket that welcomes babies warmly into the world. In strongly moving pictures that are as heartwarming as they are real, Patricia Polacco tells the story of her own family, and the quilt that remains a symbol of their enduring love and faith. Patricia Polacco comes from a family of storytellers, poets, dirt farmers, teachers and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and a writer of children's books. She now lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two children, and she is the present caretaker of the quilt.
From the Book Jacket: Luba, she lives so happily in her dacha in the country with her mama and papa-until she helps a frightened wren! She only means to be kind to the wren, as she would any creature, but when the wren returns the favor, how Luba's life changes! "Ask for anything you wish," the wren says. Luba wants nothing, but her mama and papa want a rich estate, then to be lords, then czar and czarina -then rulers of the world! Where will it end? In this blazing texture of color, Patricia Polacco brings to her many readers a Russian-style turn on The Fisherman and His Wife, introducing an enchanting new character whose love for simplicity wins the day, as well as her parents' lives. PATRICIA POLACCO comes from a large family of fine storytellers, and her stories reflect that rich family heritage. Luba and the Wren carries on in the tradition of her award-winning Rechenka's Eggs and Babushka Baba Yaga, which highlight her distinctive Russian background. Ms. Polacco lives in Michigan, where she continues to write and illustrate wonderful books for young readers.
The author remembers the summer when she was ten years old and staying with her father in Michigan where she took riding lessons and became best friends with a perfect horse.
Patricia's father is always telling stories, and the best is the one about the magic rock. But does the rock have enough magic to help when he loses his job?
A young girl's story about life on a farm with her brother, mother and grandparents.
Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops.
From the book Jacket: Old Babushka, known throughout all of Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs, is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in an injured goose. She names the goose Rechenka, and they live happily together until one day when Rechenka accidentally overturns a basket, breaking all of Babushka's lovingly crafted eggs. But the next morning Babushka has a surprise awaiting her in the basket. She cries: "A miracle!" It is one of many in this charmingly told tale of friendship and caring. With vibrant, full-color illustrations, Patricia Polacco has joyously re-created the flavor of Old Moscow and its festivals. The eggs, stunningly colored and intricately designed, are authentic reproductions of eggs painted in the Ukrainian style. Rechenka's Eggs is a timeless story of classic beauty. Patricia Polacco, having grown up in a family of artists and storytellers, feels "fortunate to be doing something I truly love." Her education is global, ranging from California to Australia. Beginning at Laney College in her home town of Oakland, she went on to receive both a bachelor's and master's degree in fine art at Monash University in Melbourne. Ultimately she earned a Ph.D. at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where she studied Russian and Greek iconographie history. When not writing or illustrating for magazines, Ms. Polacco can be found running, sculpting, or painting Ukrainian eggs, such as the ones in Rechenkas Eggs. Her interest in these eggs stems from her family origins in the Ukraine and the Georgian provinces in Russia. Ms. Polacco, mother of two children, Traci and Steven, still lives in Oakland, California.
"You're going to read--I promise you that." Little Trisha is overjoyed at the thought of starting school and learning how to read. But right from the start, when she tries to read, all the letters and numbers just get jumbled up. And her classmates make matters worse by calling her "dummy" and "toad." Then, in fifth grade, a new teacher comes. A real character! He sees right through the sad little girl to the artist she really is. And when he discovers Trisha's secret--that she still can't read--he sets out to help her prove to herself that she can. And will! The autobiographical Thank You, Mr. Falker is a story close to author Patricia Polacco's heart. It is her personal song of thanks and praise to teachers like Mr. Falker, who quietly but surely change the lives of the children they teach.
From the Book Jacket: A loud clap of thunder booms and rattles the windows of Grandma's old farmhouse."This is Thunder Cake baking weather," calls Grandma, as she and her granddaughter hurry to gather the ingredients around the farm. A real Thunder Cake must reach the oven before the storm arrives. But the list of ingredients is long and not easy to find ... and the storm is coming closer all the time! Reaching once again into her rich childhood experience, Patricia Polacco tells the memorable story of how her grandma-her Babushka-helped her overcome her fear of thunder when she was a little girl. Ms. Polacco's vivid memories of her grandmother's endearing answer to a child's fear, accompanied by her bright folk-art illustrations, turn a frightening thunderstorm into an adventure and ultimately...a celebration! Whether the first clap of thunder finds you buried under the bedcovers or happily anticipating the coming storm, Thunder Cake is a story that will bring new meaning and possibility to the excitement of a thunderstorm. Patricia Polacco, born to parents of Russian extraction, comes from a large family of storytellers. She reminisces, "My fondest memories are of sitting around a stove or open fire, eating apples and popping popcorn while listening to the old ones tell glorious stories about the past." Many of Ms. Polacco's stories are based on family history, as are Thunder Cake and the recently published Uncle Vova's Tree. Her first book for Philomel, Rechenkd's Eggs, won the 1989 International Reading Association Book Award, Younger Reader Category. Ms. Polacco has studied in both the United States and Australia, receiving both a bachelor's and master's degree in fine art and a Ph.D. in art history, specializing in Russian and Greek painting and iconographie history. Having raised a son and daughter, Patricia Polacco and her husband, Enzo, now live in Oakland, California.
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