Appelemando loves to dream! The villagers think he will never amount to much, but his friends know better. They can see his dreams drift up from the top of his head and float into the sky. <P><P>Then, one rainy day, Appelemando's dreams are blown onto all the wet walls and roofs of the town, covering the houses and stores with fantastic pictures. The villagers are astonished and angry: How could the children do such a thing! Not until Appelemando and his friends lose their way in the forest do the villagers recognize the wonder and value of Appelemando's special gift.
Aunt Chip saves the town of Triple Creek, where everyone has forgotten how to read because of the invasion of television.
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
When Mary Ellen gets bored with her reading, Grandpa knows a hunt for a bee tree is just what she needs. <P><P>Half the town joins the exciting chase, but it's not until everyone returns home that Mary Ellen makes a discovery of her own: Sometimes, even the sweetest of things must be worked for. 'Polacco has created another charming picture book featuring a child learning from a grandparent in an idyllic pastoral setting?Both the writing and artwork are fresh and inviting. ' ? School Library Journal, starred review?The newest gem from Polacco's treasure chest of family stories extols the virtue of reading'and of taking a study break. 'Like Mary Ellen, readers will emerge refreshed from this respite, ready to seek out new adventures. ' ? Publishers Weekly?Young readers will savor this. '? ? The Horn BookPatricia Polacco lives in Union City, MI.
Lyla finds a great friend in Jamie on her first day of school, but when Lyla joins the cheerleading squad and a clique of popular girls invites her to join them, Jamie is left behind. Lyla knows bullying when she sees it though and when she sees her new friends viciously teasing classmates on facebook, including Jamie, she realises that she doesn't want to be friends with such people and is smart enough to leave the clique. These girls don't take kindly to anyone rejecting them or their ideas though and they are soon out for revenge.
Ever since the Nazis marched into Monique's small French village, terrorizing it, nothing surprises her, until the night Monique encounters the little ghost sitting at the end of her bed. She turns out to be a girl named Sevrine, who has been hiding from the Nazis in Monique?s basement. Playing after dark, the two become friends, until, in a terrifying moment, they are discovered, sending both of their families into a nighttime flight.
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.<P><P> 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.<P> 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.<P> 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.
When the spooky Graves family moves to town and tries to fit in with the "normal" residents of Union City, everyone is in for a few surprises.
When the Graves family goes on their annual camping trip to Lake Bleakmire, they make a frightening discovery in the forest.
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.
During the Depression, a young Memphis boy trains his pet duck to do tricks in the fountain of a grand hotel and ends up becoming the Duck Master of the Peabody Hotel.
When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as "The Junkyard," she is devastated. <P><P>She moved from her old town so she wouldn't be in a special class anymore! But then she meets her teacher, the quirky and invincible Mrs. Peterson, and her classmates, an oddly brilliant group of students each with his or her own unique talent. And it is here in The Junkyard that Trisha learns the true meaning of genius, and that this group of misfits are, in fact, wonders, all of them. Based on a real-life event in Patricia Polacco's childhood, this ode to teachers will inspire all readers to find their inner genius.
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.
Naomi Vlecke lives with her farming family in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. The Amish first came to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s, and to this day preserve a religious and "plain" life-style. As part of her household chores, Naomi looks after the chickens with her little sister, Ruth.From the Trade Paperback edition.
[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 meteor that crash landed in Grandma and Grandpa Gaw's yard set off a chain of gossip and events that brought magic to many of the residents of Mudsock Meadow. This book is based on a true event, and the author's sometimes far-fetched imaginings are at once believable and amusing.
Goats say "Maa-Maa-Maa. " Birds say "Cheep-Cheep-Cheep. " Horses say "Neigh-Neigh-Neigh. " Rabbits say nothing at all! But when all of these animals get together and raise a honking, braying, neighing ruckus, what do mommies say? "Shhhhhh!" With the simplest of texts and a variety of fun animal noises, Patricia Polacco has created another read-aloud winner for the preschool crowd. .
Larnel doesn't know his neighbor, Mrs. Katz, very well, until he asks her to adopt an abandoned kitten. Mrs. Katz agrees on one condition: that Larnel help her take care of the kitten she names Tush. When Larnel starts spending more and more time with Mrs. Katz to help with Tush, Mrs. Katz tells him stories about coming to America from Poland and about the good times she spent with her late husband. As Larnel grows to love Mrs. Katz, he also learns about the suffering and triumph black history shares with the Jewish heritage. Patricia Pollaco has illustrated, as well as authored, countless picture books. She lives in Union City, Michigan.
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.