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Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

Chicken Sunday

by Patricia Polacco

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I liked this book mainly because of the characters. I think they helped set an example to bridge the gap between generations. For example, in the beginning of the story, the children and old storekeeper were not always friendly with one another. Although by the end of the story, the children and the old storekeeper gain a more positive perspective of one another. Along with the characters, the plot helped bridge the gap between generations. In the beginning of the book, when the children describe the old storekeeper they say, “He’s such a strange old man. He never smiles at anyone. He always loos so mean.” Also, in the beginning, the old storekeeper assumed the children egged his store and asks, “Why do you kids do things like this.” As the story continues, the old storekeeper and children see how their original perspective of each other was not accurate through the acts of kindness they each take part in. The big idea of Chicken Sunday is that trust can be earned when one shows good character. By the end of the story, the old storekeeper saw the children as good hearted and told them to, “Tell [your Grandma] that I know you are very good children, such good children.” ( )
  Kgranit | Mar 6, 2014 |
Patricia Polacco is such an amazing artist and writer, and I loved this book. One reason I like it is because of the multicultural aspect. Trisha is from Ukrainian and Irish descent, and her best friend is an African American boy. I like that they share cultures, she teaches him to paint eggs, and he has her over for his 'Chicken Sunday' dinners. I also like this book because of the artwork. Polacco uses a lot of contrasting light and dark colors, which adds to the light and dark skin of the characters. But, the light and dark colors are always together, such as a white background in her friend's house, or the black clothing of Mr. Kodinski, showing that color doesn't matter, and that the two characters can be friends despite their race. The main idea of this story is to work hard to give someone deserving something special. ( )
  bphill5 | Oct 28, 2013 |
This is a story about the children want to buy that special Easter bonnet in Mr. Kodinski's shop window for their Miss Eula.
this book acn be find at Pierce College
  xiomaragrace12 | Oct 28, 2013 |
This book is about three kids who want to thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, so they sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat she has been admiring.

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I thought this was a nice story about doing this for people and earning things so you can do good for someone who's done good for you.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Decorate Easter eggs.
2. Talk about the importance of earnings.
  JasmineOehler | Oct 27, 2013 |
This is a great story about an older woman who takes 3 kids in the neighborhood to church on sundays and makes them fried chicken afterwards, and the book goes on to tell about the trouble the 3 kids get into to try to do something nice for the old woman. This book had a great story line and fabulous illustrations. You could use this book to research the holocaust and extend into world war two if needed.
  MaryKateCollins | Sep 16, 2013 |
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After being initiated into a neighbor's family by a solemn backyard ceremony, a young Russian American girl and her African American brothers' determine to buy their gramma Eula a beautiful Easter hat. But their good intentions are misunderstood, until they discover just the right way to pay for the hat that Eula's had her eye on. A loving family story woven from the author's childhood.

"Polacco has outdone herself with these joyful, energetic illustrations, her vibrant colors even richer and more intense than usual, while authentic details enhance the interest. A unique piece of Americana." --Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

"In this moving picture book, the hatred sometimes engendered by racial and religious differences is overpowered by the love of people who recognize their common humanity." --Booklist, starred, boxed review

"The text conveys a tremendous pride of heritage as it brims with rich images from her characters' African American and Russian Jewish cultures--A tribute to the strength of all family bonds." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

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To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

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