Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book writers and illustrators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha's dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we.
Drawing from the rich store of Civil War reminiscences handed down in her family, acclaimed author Patricia Polacco tells the true story of a remarkable wartime friendship between a young white Union soldier, Say Curtis, and a young black Union soldier, Pinkus Aylee. They are captured by Confederate soldiers and sent to Andersonville Prison.
"Another Polacco Classic"
All the children want is to buy the most beautiful Easter hat for Miss Eula. But when they are accused of throwing eggs at Mr. Kodinski's shop, they must find a way to prove their innocence and earn enough money for the hat at the same time.
When Mary Ellen gets bored with her reading, Grandpa knows a hunt for a bee tree is just what she needs. Half the town joins the exciting chase, but it's not until everyone returns home that Mary Ellen makes a discovery of her own: sometimes, even the sweetest of things must be worked for.
She was the last of her kind. A creature of legends. A being of the forest. And stories were told of her - stories of the terrible, horrible Baba Yaga.
In truth, Baba Yaga was kind and very lonely. And as she watches the babushkas of the village delight in their grandchildren, she longs for a grandchild of her own. Then she has an idea: She will be a babushka instead of a Baba Yaga.
Old Babushka is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in Rechenka, an injured goose who shows her that miracles really can happen.
Virginia Vincent Folsum, better known as Ginger, is a very elegant lady. She's an accomplished pianist, socially active - and what style! "You are what you wear" is her motto. But Ginger's greatest passion is her pet pig, Petunia, whom she pampers endlessly. When Ginger is called out of town for a performance, Petunia is left on her own. Donning Ginger's stunning gowns, Petunia poses as Ginger and conducts business as usual, with no one the wiser.
There's something about Hensley's! No matter what you need, that general store is sure to have it. It's almost magical the way the manager, Old John, seems to know what the townsfolk need before they do! But then a new family moves to town. The youngest child, Molly, has asthma - but her mother doesn't have money to treat her, or for anything else. But leave it to Old John to find a way to use Hensley's to give the family exactly what it needs, even if it can't be boxed or bagged.
When Babushka was a girl, she had a special doll that she played with only once. Now it’s her granddaughter’s turn to learn a valuable lesson about consideration for others. Young readers will be delighted with this highly-acclaimed author’s original variation on a theme: the childhood fantasy of toys coming to life. Barbara Caruso’s lively narration will charm not only young children, but aging ones as well.
Award-winning author Patricia Polacco based this story on her own childhood and the heroic teacher who helped her overcome her learning disability. Even though she is a wonderful artist who makes beautiful pictures with her crayons, Trisha can’t figure out how to read. The other kids make fun of her, calling her terrible names like “Dummy.” Then one day, a new teacher arrives. Mr. Falker doesn’t think Trisha is dumb at all. He knows he can help her read.