Pink and Say

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Drawing from the rich store of Civil War reminiscences handed down in her family, acclaimed author/illustrator Polacco tells the true story of a remarkable wartime friendship between a young white Union soldier and a young black Union soldier who are captured by Confederate soldiers and sent to Andersonville Prison.

Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story ...

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Overview

Drawing from the rich store of Civil War reminiscences handed down in her family, acclaimed author/illustrator Polacco tells the true story of a remarkable wartime friendship between a young white Union soldier and a young black Union soldier who are captured by Confederate soldiers and sent to Andersonville Prison.

Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-great-grandfather.

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There are few picture books written about the Civil War, and none are as powerful as this one. This story, about how a young black soldier rescues a white soldier, opens young readers' eyes to the injustices of slavery and the senselessness of war. Highly charged emotionally, this masterful retelling of a true story, narrated through the white soldier's eyes, is made all the more powerful when it is revealed that the soldier was the author's great-great grandfather.
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Gr 4 UpSay, 15, had never seen a black person up close until Pink, also a young Union soldier, saves his life. During his brief stay in Pink's home, the wounded boy comes to understand his friend's unconquerable vision of freedom. A memorable family reminiscence with evocative paintings. (Oct. 1994)
Hazel Rochman
Hands and gestures have always been important in Polacco's work. Here they are at the center of a picture book based on a true incident in the author's own family history. It's a story of interracial friendship during the Civil War between two 15-year-old Union soldiers. Say, who is white and poor, tells how he is rescued by Pinkus (Pink), who carries the wounded Say back to the Georgia home where Pink's black family were slaves. In a kind of idyllic interlude, Pink and his mother nurse Say back to health, and Pink teaches his friend to read; but before they can leave, marauders kill Pink's mother and drag the boys to Andersonville prison. Pink is hanged, but Say survives to tell the story and pass it on across generations. The figure of Pink's mother borders on the sentimental, but the boys' relationship is beautifully drawn. Throughout the story there are heartbreaking images of people torn from a loving embrace. Pictures on the title and copyright pages show the parallel partings as each boy leaves his family to go to war. At the end, when the friends are wrenched apart in prison, the widening space between their outstretched hands expresses all the sorrow of the war. Then, in a powerful double-page spread, they are able to clasp hands for a moment, and their union is like a rope. Say once shook Lincoln's hand, just as Say held Pink's hand, and Say tells his children, who tell theirs, that they have touched the hand that touched the hand . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399226717
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 59,238
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.
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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    This is the story of two Union soldiers who find each other, inj

    This is the story of two Union soldiers who find each other, injured, on a battlefield in Georgia. Say is white and Pink is black. Pink carries Say to the home of Pink’s mother to recover from his injuries. Pink and his mother’s selfless gifts shine throughout the story. Pink’s mother dies at the hands of marauders, then, when Pink and say are captured, Pink is hanged. This is not a picture book for early childhood.




    This story gives early elementary students a close view of the war, inequality, and life during the late 1800s. It opens the door to discussions of racial inequality, but also reasons why Say never learned to read. It is heart rending and beautifully told through the voice of a descendant of Say. Everything Polacco writes is excellent, and this is an outstanding example of her gift. Though this is a second hand story, it is one handed down through Polocco's family, making it an excellent example of literary/narrative non-fiction. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    One of the best children's books!

    This is my all time favorite children's book! I used this book to help me teach the Civil War to my fourth grade class. Patricia Polacco does a beautiful job of depicting the relationship between two young boys on opposite sides of a the war. I never finished reading the book without tears coming to my eyes. We are expecting a grandson son and this was a must have book for his library.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    This is the hand that shook the hand.........

    I remember reading this book back in elementary school after seeing it on reading rainbow. It is about friendship between two soldiers, one black and one white, during the time of the Civil War. It is such a great story that every parent should read to their children! It will definitely leave a lasting impression. It might even make you cry!

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Civil War Was Not Just Fought by Grown Men

    Living in Manassas, Virginia, where the Civil War began, I found Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco, one of the best, if not THE best Civil War book to read to students at my schools. I have read it to children in elementary school as well as in high school and they were all fascinated by the story of the two young boys who were fighting in the war, a war that happened just a mile or few from where they were then sitting. I can never read it without my voice breaking as the story, so true, is equally as sad. At the end we all touch hands. Read the story and you will find out why.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Real

    As my son and I read this story we learn some of the realities of the war back when black people did not have any rights and were treated like property. We also saw how people can be good and kind despite what their circumstances are and go beyond for the sake of others. The author of this book did a good job bringing this ideas out for the readers to see and understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    A Touching Story

    Pink and Say was a great book about the difficulties of the Civil War. I was so touched and sad. I was even sadder when I heard this story was true. I think it was amazing that Say survived the war considering that he was shot and captured. I think that this book is good for all ages of people that can read. Everyone should read this book that understands war. Patricia Polacco did a great job of telling us the story in detail. I hope you read the story Pink and Say which is written in memory of Pinkus Aylee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was a heart warming story about two boys named Pink and Say. Pink was a ¿colored¿ boy, Say was not. They both were fighting too end slavery. Pink lost his unit and Say ran away from his. Patricia Polacco did a great job with this book even though it is sad at the end. This book taught me that slavery is a sad and terrible thing. I recommend it for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Pink and Say

    This was an awesome book. My teacher read it to the class as an introduction to slavery. It helped me understand more how it felt to be a slave, and the hardships of the Civil War. This book was heartfelt, and very emotional. It almost made me cry, since it's so sad, but it isn't one of those 'Oh, the mom died. Boo-hoo.' kind of books. The author, Patricia Polacco, really gets you into the feel, with her descriptive words and her dialogue. Pink and Say is a great book for ALL ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2005

    Pink and Say

    I read the book 'Pink and Say' by Patricia Polacco. 'Pink and Say' is a nonfiction book about slavery and the Civil War. Pinkus Aylee and Sheldon Curtis wanted slavery to be over and to be able to live in a safe country. The boys were captured and sent to a concentration camp where Pink was executed. Say was released when the war ended. Say passed the story onto other generations. Patricia Polacco, a relative of Say, wrote this book in memory of Pinkus Aylee. I would recommend this book to people who are at least eight years old because slavery is violent and anyone who is younger might not understand the subject. 'Pink and Say' was a page-turner because every page left you wondering about what was going to happen next. I was curious if the boys would survive. They seemed to always be in danger of marauders and being captured by the Confederate Army. When Pink and Say were separated at the concentration camp, they never knew if they would see each other again. 'Pink and Say' is an excellent book and I hope others have the pleasure of reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2005

    Pink and Say

    This book, 'Pink and Say' by Patricia Polacco, is nonfiction. It is a true story about the Civil War. Pinkus Aylee and Sheldon Curtis wanted the Civil War to be over so that slavery would end. When that happened, the two friends could go home. They were captured by the Confederate Army and brought to Andersonville, a concentration camp. Pink was hung and Say was released soon after the war was over. Say went home and retold the story to his family, who passed it onto other generations until it reached Patricia Polacco. She wrote this book about her ancestor, Sheldon Curtis. I recommend this book to anyone who is older than eight. The book is somewhat violent and young children might not understand it. 'Pink and Say' was a real page-turner because it was suspenseful. I was surprised to read about Andersonville and the deaths that occurred there. Patricia Polacco kept her words alive by providing vivid illustrations that brought out the story. 'Pink and Say' is a book that teaches us that although the color of our skin does not matter, friendship does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    A Inspirational Book

    In the fifth grade this book was read to me and now as I am currently a sophmore in college I still consider this book to be my absolute favorite book. I don't think that there needs to be an age limit to this book. Patricia Polacco makes a true story come to life in each and every page. It is a must read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2001

    Read it and weep!

    I have used this trade book as a supplement to the history lessons covering the Civil War. It greatly humanizes the connection of negroes and whites, and touches a part of the Civil War the textbooks don't, human connection. My kids all love it, they cry openly...and they are middle school age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2001

    don't take my word 4 it

    I am 14 years old,and this is still my favorite book in the whole wide world.It teaches meaning and gives morals for life.It reminds us of our background and where we came from. I can really appriciate this book.But don't take my word for ,read it and decide for your self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001

    By the end of this book, a roomful of ADULTS were wiping their eyes...

    A sad moment in our country's history is brought to life in this moving book about friendship, and the way in which it transcends race, time, and tragic events. I read this book to a roomful of teachers, and there was not a dry eye in the room at the end of the story. This is a must-read for students third grade and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2001

    Pink and Say is my new favorite book!

    PINK AND SAY IS A SAD BOOK ABOUT A BLACK AND WHITE PERSON WHO IS IN THE CIVIL WAR,THEY ARE THE UNION.PINK HELPS A FELLOW UNION MAN THAT GOT HURT IN AN ACCIDENT.PINK TAKES HIM TO HIS HOME WHERE PINKS MOM TAKES CARE OF HIM AND TREATS HIM LIKE HIS OWN.BUT lATER SOME THINGS REALLY WRONG!TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS.IF YOU ARE INTO SAD STORIES AND WAR THEN THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    What a Great Story!

    This was certainly a moving story! Pink and Say showed many emotions. When I read this book, I was touched because it really made me feel like I was one of the characters in the story. I liked this kind of a story because I could relate to the feelings that the other characters¿ were having, and how they looked at the world through their own eyes. Also, I liked this story because it related to real life. It talked about some things that happened in the war and some of the facts that were in the story happened in real life with real people. If you are interested in action, strong feelings, and books about a love that is strong, I would defiantly read the book Pink and Say.

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