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Patricia Polacco

  1. 1. Patricia Polacco An Author Study <br />Laura Bissey<br />Final Exam<br />LLLS5533: Selecting Literature and Materials for Children, Fall 2009<br />
  2. 2. Life: The Early YearsBorn: July 11, 1944 Lansing, MichiganParents: William and Mary Ellen Barber (Dad was Irish, Mom was Russian/Ukranian)<br />Age 3 – Parents divorced. Lived with mom and brother Richard on Union City, MI grandparents’ farm. Grandmother was known as Babushka.<br />Age 5-Babushka passed away. Moved to Coral Gables,FL then Oakland, CA.<br />
  3. 3. Early Years Continued<br />Living on the farm “was the most magical time of my life”. <br />Polacco listened to her grandparents tell stories by the fire and received her story telling inspiration from her family, especially her Babushka and other grandparents.<br />Age 14-Diagonosed with dyslexia. <br />Loved to rock in rocking chairs<br /> to feel better.<br />
  4. 4. Adult – Present Day<br />Married 1962. Had children Traci and Steven<br />Divorced, remarried 1979 to Enzo Mario Polacco, a chef and cooking instructor<br />Started writing children’s books at age 41.<br />1987, Sold her first book, Meteor!<br />Today- Lives in <br /> Union City, MI<br /> On Meteor Ridge<br /> Farm<br />Hobbies/Interests: Travel,<br /> running, cats, painting, <br /> sculpture, egg art.<br />
  5. 5. Education<br />Ohio State University<br />California College of Arts and Crafts<br />Morash University (Melbourne, Australia)<br />Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (received PhD. in Art History)<br />Also studied in England, France, <br /> and Russia<br /> For a while she restored <br /> ancient art for Museums.<br />
  6. 6. Author At Work <br />First makes a dummy or blueprint<br /> of her book.<br /> Then sends it to Art Director for <br />changes. Drawings are 25% larger<br />than final presentation. <br />Traces then colors in using <br />acrylic paint, No. 2,6B pencils,<br /> and oil pastels. Sometimes<br /> pastes actual photos of people<br /> in story. (photos from<br />
  7. 7. Author's Works Relates to Life<br />In Thank You, Mr. Falker,<br /> Patricia, or “Trisha”, is<br /> a girl who does not know<br /> how to read. She is teased<br /> by her classmates and feels<br /> dumb. She loves to draw. <br /> Finally her fifth-grade<br /> teacher realizes she has <br /> dyslexia and teaches<br /> her how to read. <br />
  8. 8. Author Work Continued<br />In My Rotten Redheaded<br /> Older Brother, Polacco<br /> writes about her brother<br /> Richard. She tries to find <br /> something that she can do<br /> better than he can. When<br /> she falls from a merry-go-<br /> round, he is the one to get<br /> the doctor for her. <br />
  9. 9. Author's Work Continued<br />Betty Doll is a story <br />about a letter written by<br />Polacco’smother to her <br /> telling her about a rag doll<br /> made by her mother. The<br /> doll is a comfort to children<br /> and grandchildren in future<br /> years. Mary Ellen, Polacco’s<br /> mother believes it saved<br /> her life when she was in a snow storm.<br />
  10. 10. Author's Work Continued<br />Something About Hensley’s<br /> is about Polacco’s favorite store<br /> and its owner John Sacrant. In <br /> this story, Mr. Sacrant has the<br /> answer for everyone’s needs at<br />his store. He helps Molly, Kate, <br />and their mother get back on <br />their feet again and helps save<br /> Molly from an asthma attack.<br />
  11. 11. Other Works<br />Other Books That Are From Polacco’s Life.<br />
  12. 12. Author's Website<br /><br />
  13. 13. References<br />PATRICIA POLACCO .COM. (n.d.). PATRICIA POLACCO .COM. Retrieved December 7, 2009, from<br />PATRICIA POLACCO PAGE. (n.d.). SC&I, Rutgers University - Home. Retrieved December 7, 2009, from<br />Polacco, P. (1998). The Keeping Quilt [KEEPING QUILT ANNIV/E]. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.<br />Polacco, P. (1995). Babushka's Doll. New York: Aladdin.<br />Polacco, P. (1994). Firetalking (Meet the Author). Katonah, NY: R.C. Owen.<br />Polacco, P. (1996). Meteor!. New York: Putnam Juvenile.<br />Polacco, P. (1994). My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. Danbury, Connecticut: Scholastics Inc..<br />Polacco, P. (2006). Something About Hensley's. New York: Penguin Group USA.<br />Polacco, P. (2002). When Lightning Comes in a Jar. New York: Penguin Group USA.<br />Titlewave: Home. (n.d.). TITLEWAVE | Follett Library Resources. Retrieved December 7, 2009, from<br /> (2004). Betty Doll. New York City: Puffin.<br /> (2007). Something About the Author Volume 180: Facts and Pictures About Authors and Illustrators of Books for Young People (Something About the Author). New York: Gale Cengage.<br /> (2001). Thank You, Mr. Falker. New York: Philomel.<br />