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									Patricia Polacco




          By
     Alicia Fallaw
           &
     Jamie Martin
       Biographical Information
• Born July 11, 1944 in Lansing Michigan and spent
  her early childhood on her grandparent’s farm.

• Her mother was Russian and her father was Irish.
  She wrote The Keeping Quilt that tells how her
  mother’s family came to America.

• Both sets of grandparents were captivating
  storytellers.
• She is a dyslexic, disnumeric, & disgraphic.

• Yet, she still managed to overcome her weaknesses
  and earn a Ph.D. in art history.

• She didn’t begin writing and illustrating children’s
  books until she was 41 years old.

• Before that she spent her time as a wife and mother.
• Patricia’s mother was a classroom teacher for 38 years.
  Patricia deems her mother as her inspiration as well as her
  hero.

• All of Patricia’s books begin as a thought that boils in her
  head as she rocks in her rocking chair and lets her
  imagination soar.

• She takes rocking so seriously that she has one or two
  rockers in every room in her house.

• Patricia states that drawing makes her “heart sing”. As far
  back as she can remember, she knew that drawing connected
  her somehow to the universe and maybe even to God.
           Classroom Keeping Quilt
After a Patricia Polacco author study students
 are given a choice of their favorite Polacco
 book. They then write a short summary of
 the story and illustrate it. Summaries are
 backed on colorful paper and put together as
 a keeping quilt.
                     My Grandma’s Thundercake

Cream together, one at a time                    1 cup cold water
        1 cup shortening                         1/3 cup pureed tomatoes
        1 ¾ cup sugar                            Sift together
        1 teaspoon vanilla                       2 ½ cups cake flour
        3 eggs, separated                        ½ cup dry cocoa
          (blend yolks in. Beat whites           1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
          until they are stiff, then fold in).   1 teaspoon salt

Mix dry mixture into creamy mixture.
Bake in two greased and floured 8 ½ inch round pans at 350 degrees for 35-
40 minutes. Frost with chocolate butter frosting. Top with strawberries.
                Awards & Recognition
•1988 Sydney Taylor Book Award

•1989 International Reading Association Award

•1990 Santa Clara Reading Council

•1992 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Golden Kite Award for Illustration

•1992 Boston Area Educators for Social Responsibility
Children’s Literature and Social Responsibility Award

•1993 Jane Adams Peace Asoc. and Women’s Intl. League
for Peace and Freedom (Katz and Tush)
•Parent’s Choice Honors
Association Children’s Book Award

•1996 Jo Osborne Award

•1997 Missouri Association of School Librarians

•1997 West Virginia Children’s Book Award

•1998 Mid -South Independent Booksellers for
Children Humpty Dumpty Award

								
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