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Title: Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco
By Alicia Fallaw Jamie Martin
Biographical Information
  • Born July 11, 1944 in Lansing Michigan and spent
    her early childhood on her grandparents farm.
  • Her mother was Russian and her father was Irish.
    She wrote The Keeping Quilt that tells how her
    mothers family came to America.
  • Both sets of grandparents were captivating

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  • She is a dyslexic, disnumeric, disgraphic.
  • Yet, she still managed to overcome her weaknesses
    and earn a Ph.D. in art history.
  • She didnt begin writing and illustrating
    childrens books until she was 41 years old.
  • Before that she spent her time as a wife and

  • Patricias mother was a classroom teacher for 38
    years. Patricia deems her mother as her
    inspiration as well as her hero.
  • All of Patricias 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

My Grandmas 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
  • Awards Recognition
  • 1988 Sydney Taylor Book Award
  • 1989 International Reading Association Award
  • 1990 Santa Clara Reading Council
  • 1992 Society of Childrens Book Writers and
    IllustratorsGolden Kite Award for Illustration
  • 1992 Boston Area Educators for Social
    ResponsibilityChildrens Literature and Social
    Responsibility Award
  • 1993 Jane Adams Peace Asoc. and Womens Intl.
    Leaguefor Peace and Freedom (Katz and Tush)

  • Parents Choice HonorsAssociation Childrens
    Book Award
  • 1996 Jo Osborne Award
  • 1997 Missouri Association of School Librarians
  • 1997 West Virginia Childrens Book Award
  • 1998 Mid -South Independent Booksellers for
    Children Humpty Dumpty Award