Patricia Polacco. Author and Illustrator. Background. Patricia . . . Was born in 1944 in Lansing, Michigan to parents of Russian and Irish heritage. Lived with grandparents and parents. Grew up in Michigan, Florida, California.
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Author and Illustrator
Patricia . . .
Patricia is from a family of storytellers. Her babushka (Ukrainian grandmother) would tell tales of magic and mystery. She and her brother would ask “Bubby, is that true?” And she would reply, “Of course it’s true….but it may not have happened.”
Patricia . . .
Because of a learning disability, Patricia did not learn to read until she was 14. She wrote this book about the teacher who taught her to read.
Patricia keeps two rocking chairs in every room. She explains that as she rocks, “Thoughts boil in my head. They catch the air and fly. I feel like Applemando.”
In Chicken Sunday, as in many of her books, Patricia’s characters learn from one another’s various religious and ethnic backgrounds. Children and the elderly are particularly prominent.
In An Orange for Frankie, a young boy learns to share with his less fortunate neighbors. Basing the story on her own family, Polacco again emphasizes the importance of valuing differences.
The Graves Family is about a strange family whose neighbors slowly learn to appreciate their uniqueness. Polacco’s characters again learn to appreciate the differences among them.