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Children's Literature
Patricia Polacco's numerous autobiographical picture books are confirmed and echoed by this entry in the "Meet the Author" series. In it, she tells how she grew up in a family of storytellers, spent summers with her father and his Irish relatives, and the rest of the time with her mother and Russian relatives. From this rich heritage, Polacco has drawn not only stories and subject matter, but also a way of illustrating that reflects her rich heritage. The author of The Keeping Quilt, Pink and Say, and Chicken Sunday, among many others, also tells of her difficulties in learning to read, her family, and how she works. Readers see a marked-up draft of one of her picture books, and the process of creating a double page illustration as part of understanding how people make books. An excellent addition to the elementary school teaching shelf, to explaining the creative process as exemplified by one very successful picture book author/illustrator, and a fine read-aloud for fans new and old. 1994, Richard C. Owen Publishers,
— Susan Hepler
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Gr 2-5-Warm and personable, these autobiographies by three children's book creators are a pleasure to read. Goble writes about his childhood in England, his lifelong fascination with Native Americans, and his home and work in Nebraska. Howe takes readers through the activities of a typical workday. Polacco explains how childhood evenings of ``firetalking'' with her Russian and Irish grandparents formed the basis of many of her stories. The black-and-white and full-color photographs add to the intimacy of the texts, showing the writers as children, working, relaxing, and in family-oriented situations. These books can be read independently or shared with younger children along with the authors' picture books.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878450555
  • Publisher: Owen, Richard C. Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Meet the Author Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.
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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    This book is charming and gives the reader a peek inside the lif

    This book is charming and gives the reader a peek inside the life of a creative author of children's picture books. 

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