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Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

Chicken Sunday (edition 1998)

by Patricia Polacco

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A young girl used to visit and go to church with her neighbors' grandmother. One day they walked by a store and the grandmother saw a hat she liked. After dinner, the children wanted to give her the hat for Easter. They went to the hat shop, but were accused of throwing eggs on the back of the man's door. To make it up to him, the children decorated eggs to prove they were not bad children. The children wanted to help the shop owner so they could buy the hat, but he had no jobs for them. So he told them to sell the eggs to make money. After they sold the eggs, instead of having to pay the shop owner for the hat, he gave it to them. ( )
  RebeccaMichelet | Apr 28, 2012 |
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This is a cute book. The big message is that if you work hard, great things can come your way. The characters are well developed and believable. Gramma Eula Mae Walker reminds me of my own grandmother. The illustrations enhance the story and is appropriate to the mood of the story. The language is clear and the writing flows and is organized. The point of view is told in first person. The author is the narrator of the story and is told by her point of view. ( )
  Tee_Barnett | Oct 28, 2015 |
Chicken Sunday is a book I personally enjoyed because of the plot twists and unpredictability. While I was reading it, I never could’ve expected for it to end how it did. In my opinion, this is a good book for all ages. It teaches a great moral lesson for kids and shows the innocence and true caring that the main characters have. I found the writing to be very engaging, I was eagerly waiting for every page to find out what was going to happen next. Though many unexpected things happened, like the kids being framed, the story was very easy to follow because of its great organization. The characters were well developed and it was from their point of view. This made it very interesting when they got themselves into trouble because we were able to feel and understand their thoughts and feelings. As I mentioned earlier, Patricia Polacco did a great job incorporating problem and solution into the plot to keep it suspenseful for me. As always, her illustrations brought the story to life. Their simple colors and beauty can help readers connect to the story and relate it back to their own personal experiences. ( )
  mcicch2 | Oct 5, 2015 |
“Chicken Sunday” is written and illustrated by Patricia Palacco. I enjoyed this book because it reflects multiculturalism and diversity is a significant yet subtle way. For example, Mrs. Eula and the boys represent a middle/lower class African American family in the 1960’s while Patricia is a young, white, Jewish girl. All of the characters interact with Mr. Kodinski, a Jewish hat shop owner, who the book hints at had been a survivor of the holocaust. The book also reflects how honesty and doing the right thing pays off. An example of this is when the children apologize to Mr. Kodinski by making him traditional Jewish decorated eggs that he later allows them to sell in his store. Patricia Palacco is always a delightful read for children and parents. ( )
  bboyd7 | Sep 25, 2015 |
“Chicken Sunday” by Patricia Polacco is a great book for kids. Often children find themselves in a situation where they are misunderstood or blamed for something they did not do. This is what happened to Patricia, Stewart and Winston but do to their determination they were able to show Mr. Kondinski that they were not the ones who threw the eggs at his door. This can teach children to find ways to solve problems. Also like the children in the book trying to find responsible ways to make money kids can learn to be helpful and even find their own ways to earn money. ( )
  cbucci1 | Sep 15, 2015 |
I enjoyed reading Patricia Polacco’s “Chicken Sunday” for several reasons. First of all, I liked the message of the book. “Chicken Sunday” shows that kind deeds are often rewarded. Patricia and her neighbors want to buy Miss Eula an expensive Easter hat, and their kindness is rewarded when the owner of the hat shop gives them the hat for free. This book teaches children how they should treat other people, especially adults. There are also several different cultures in “Chicken Sunday,” Patricia is Russian-American, and her neighbors are African-American. I would recommend this book to K-2nd grade teachers, and anyone else who wants to read a great picture book. ( )
  swarnk1 | Sep 14, 2015 |
I really like this book for many reasons. This book included good color, detail, and use of language. The storyline and plot allowed the reader to relate in many ways. The book included culture and symbolism. The culture was introduced when they spoke of the grandmother, her name, her choice of food that she cooked, and the they way she carried herself. The symbolism present was the children's constant desire to buy their grandmother a hat. This symbolizes the love and appreciation they had for her. Another sign of symbolism is after the grandmother dies and the children go back to her grave to pour gravy over it as the grandmother had wished. ( )
  BrittanyNelson94 | Sep 2, 2015 |
The pictures and the way the characters' words roll off her pen make this book. You must read this one aloud. There is really no other way to truly appreciate the beauty of it! ( )
  MeezCarrie | Aug 31, 2015 |
“Chicken Sunday” by Patricia Polacco was an excellent book. I’ve read many books by Patricia Polacco but this was my favorite! The main idea/message of the story is to teach the reader how they should treat people. Throughout the entire story, the children wish only to help others. This book pushes the reader to think about tough issues because the children experience misfortune and frustration. I really liked the ending of the book because it provided a heartwarming closure—“We lost Miss Eula some time back, but every year we take some chicken soup up to Mountain View Cemetery and do just as she asked”. I also like the overall writing of this book. Since it was written from the view of the little girl, the writing is both clear and concise but descriptive enough to indicate the different elements of the story. As always, I loved the illustrations in every Patricia Polacco book. Her style of illustration is very unique and catches the eye of the reader. ( )
  marmig2 | Mar 31, 2015 |
I liked the book “Chicken Sunday” by Patricia Polacco. One reason I liked this book was because of the characters. Since Patricia Polacco’s books are written about real life events the characters are relatable. In this particular story, it talks about neighbors and how they were a different religion. “They weren’t the same religion as I was. They were Baptists.” Another aspect I liked about this book was the illustrations. The illustrations took up most of the page and were brightly colored. Another reason I liked the illustrations was because the people in the illustrations were drawn with very detailed and accurate facial expressions so the reader knew how the characters were feeling. The big idea of this story is to accepting of people who have different religions. ( )
  amulve2 | Oct 30, 2014 |
This book is about a woman who has a tradition of making large fried chicken dinners on Sundays after church. Her grandchildren and a neighbor girl see her admiring an Easter bonnet at a hat store on the way home from church. They go to the hat store to see if there is anything they can do to earn money to buy the hat for their grandmother. Some older kids were throwing eggs at the store and ran away when they got there, so the store owner thought it was them. The children were very upset that the store owner thought they were throwing eggs at his store, So they decorated eggs and brought them to him. He then realized, it wasn't them that was throwing the eggs. He then allowed them to sell their decorated eggs at his store. He also gave them the Easter bonnet for their grandmother.

Personal reaction:
This book made me feel bad. There have been many occasions where I had jumped to the wrong conclusions with my children.
This book also brought back memories of our fried chicken dinners we used to have on Sundays after church.

Classroom Extensions:
I would use this book in my class to start a discussion on jumping to conclusions and how things aren't always as they seem.
I would also use this book to start a discussion on different spring time traditions. I would also research and possibly make a Pysanky egg.
  theresazeigler | Oct 26, 2014 |
Chicken Sunday is about a group of children who want to buy their "Miss Eula" a Sunday hat. However, being children, they do not have any money. When they go to ask for work from the owner of the store who sells said hat, they end up being blamed for the egging of his business. When the owner shames them and tells Miss Eula, they attempt to make peace by making Ukrainian eggs. The owner eventually believes the children and allows them to sell their eggs in his shop. The owner gives them the hat as the children go to buy it.

Personal reaction:
I really felt sorry for the children and their wrong place, wrong time misfortune. I would have been so upset if it had been me. I also would have been frustrated with the situation especially if I were trying to do something nice for someone else.

Classroom extension ideas:
1) I would use this book and talk about the Ukrainian eggs and what they mean in the culture, then we would decorate our own. Based on the age we might use a coloring sheet or plastic eggs.
2) I would also use this book by doing a journal opportunity. I would only read to the part where the kids were blamed for throwing the eggs and let them finish the story. The we would share some of our stories before I read the rest of the book.
  yourfavhannah | Oct 25, 2014 |
In my opinion this is a great book. I liked the way the author made diversity in all the characters. The author made the characters with different religions and race in the book. This made the characters well developed. The author was able to create good children for other children to read about. You can see this when the white girl and the two African American boys make the shop owner “Pysanky eggs” (Eggs from the shop owners home town). Patricia Pollacco is able to create a great plot to her story. She’s able to create a problem that the three young children have to fix even though they didn’t do the crime. They were made able to make up for what they did with no conflict and actually benefit from circumstance. Once again in a Patricia Pollacco book, the illustrations are magnificent. The illustrations really made me feel as though I was there and gave me a clear view of what was happening on each page. This first person, fiction children’s book was able to show other children doing nice things for other people. The whole time the kids were trying to help out Ms. Eula and buy her a hat she always wanted. They were able to do this by perseverance. They made it through obstacles and were able in the end to get her the hat. The big idea and message of this book is to show children how to be “good people”. These children were never worried about themselves but always others!
  JordanMyers | Sep 23, 2014 |
After a recent reunion with a family who was so kind to me when I was young, this book resonated in a timely manner, and affirmed the fact that people can make a difference in our lives.

When a young Russian girl befriends African American brothers in her family, they vow to treat each other as family.

Visiting every Sunday, Patricia loves the chicken sunday dinners after church. She grows to thrive in the family and together she and her family of brothers vow to find a way to purchase a hat that Grandmother Eula would love to possess for Easter.

Misunderstood by the shop owner, who stero types them and their intentions, they vow to show they are well intended. When the shop keeper opens his heart and his store to the young group, they sell hand made Russian eggs in his store as a way to buy the bonnet.

So impressed with the love the children have for their beloved Grandmother, he boxes the hat and gives it to them for free. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jul 29, 2014 |
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.
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  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.

Personal Reaction:
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 |
Patricia Polacco does it again in this lovely tale of three best friends who, despite differences in race, religion and gender, considered themselves family. When Stewart and Winston's Gramma Eula Mae - who stood in the position of a "babushka" to Russian-Jewish Trisha as well - admired a hat in Mr. Kodinski's shop, the three children were determined to get it for her, as an Easter gift. But an incident involving some eggs and some older boys had Mr. Kodinski convinced that they were hateful young vandals. How could they convince him otherwise, while also earning the money necessary to get Miss Eula her hat...?

Chickens Sundays - so named because of the delicious Sunday meals Miss Eula Mae would prepare for the children, after church - had me sniffling at the end, which, given that this is Patricia Polacco, probably shouldn't come as a surprise. The characters - from Miss Eula, who sang "like slow thunder and sweet rain"," to Mr. Kodinski, whose tattooed forearm hinted at an explanation for his initial distrust of the children - felt completely real, which, of course, they were. This is, after all - like so many of the author's other books - a story based on Polacco's own childhood, making it all the more moving. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 15, 2013 |
This is a story about a girl who is “family” with her friends next door. She loves them and their grandmother. She joins their family for Sunday dinner of fried chicken. The kids wanted to buy the grandmother a hat that she really wanted. When they went to ask the storekeeper if they could work in his shop to earn the money for the hat there was a misunderstanding that made the shopkeeper think that the kids threw eggs at his door. The kids feel bad and want the man to know that they did not do it. They decorate eggs in the style of his home country. He is so touched that he allows the kids to sell the eggs in his store. They soon sell out and have the money to buy the hat, but the shopkeeper doesn’t take the money and just gives the kids the hat. They give it to her and they all have a great Easter.

This is a great book. It has a great message for kids about the importance family, honesty, and working for what you want. It is a very sweet tale about children working hard for their grandmother and to make things right with the shopkeeper.

1.) Die and color eggs.

2.) Have a discussion about what to do if the students were blamed for something they didn’t do.
  MisMary | Apr 1, 2013 |
This picture book by Patricia Polacco is again an absolute gem. Another (autobiographical) story, it is a glowing and wonderful tale of friendship, understanding, sensitivity, forgiveness (and so much more). [b:Chicken Sunday|443621|Chicken Sunday|Patricia Polacco|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174832214s/443621.jpg|2997896] is a story to make you smile, to make you cry and to make you feel hungry (and not necessarily for Miss Eula's chicken suppers, but more for the friendship, the love and the easy acceptance of different cultures and religions). I really love how the friendship between the narrator (the author as a child) and Stewart and Winston is shown as something "natural" and beautiful, that it is not made to seem exotic, strange or even all that remarkable because it is intercultural and interracial (it is just there, and it is a natural, and beautifully natural thing). I find that sometimes, books which really emphasise the supposed, the so-called exotic and remarkable nature of interracial and intercultural friendships can seem somewhat negative to me personally, because friendship is friendship (or should be), and it really does not matter and should not matter if one's friend is of another culture, religion etc. This is avoided in [b:Chicken Sunday|443621|Chicken Sunday|Patricia Polacco|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174832214s/443621.jpg|2997896]. The friendship is just a beautiful friendship, the fact that it is an intercultural and interracial friendship makes no difference. This story is, of course, also somewhat of an Easter story, but it is not primarily a story about Easter, or religion, it is a story about friendship (both the friendship between the three children, but also the developing friendship between the children and Mr. Kodinski).

[b:Chicken Sunday|443621|Chicken Sunday|Patricia Polacco|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174832214s/443621.jpg|2997896] is also a wonderful story about courage, about being brave and doing the "right thing." The three children did not throw eggs at Mr. Kodinski's shop, but because he thought they did, he now basically believes that they are part of the bigoted bullies who had been hurling eggs (and abuse) at him. Going back to his store to not only win him over, but to then ask him for a job, took courage (Mr. Kodinski calls it chutzpah), but of course, it is the home-made pysanky eggs that actually win him over, that actually serve as cementing or beginning to cement his friendship with the three children. I also just love how Mr. Kodsinki is a born merchant and how he (although he does not have the money to hire the narrator and her two friends) finds a way for them to make money. Of course, the best part of the story was and is when Mr. Kodinski gives them the special Easter hat for Miss Eula, how the three children are able to keep their money, but most importantly, how they will now be able to make Miss Eula happy (and thank her for her wonderful and soul-warming chicken suppers), and how Mr. Kodinski is now a friend as well, a good friend who appreciates and likes them. Reading between the lines, you can tell that Miss Eula, while happy about her new Easter hat, is more happy about the thought behind this special gift and the effort the children had to make to obtain it.

The illustrations are again outstanding, and although by themselves, I would not necessarily call them personal favourites, they work wonderfully with the story, the narrative, providing a perfect mirror to and of the text. In fact, the illustrations also go above and beyond the narrative, as two of the illustrations show that Mr. Kodinski is a concentration camp survivor, not only adding to the poignancy of the story itself, but also opening the door for further discussion, especially if reading this book with and to slightly older children. I strongly, no I very strongly recommend [b:Chicken Sunday|443621|Chicken Sunday|Patricia Polacco|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174832214s/443621.jpg|2997896], and I only wish that Patricia Polacco had also included instructions on how to make pysanky eggs in the book; this could be a perfect class project (and one would not even have to use real eggs, wooden pysanky eggs would be an even better project because the "eggs" would last). ( )
  gundulabaehre | Mar 31, 2013 |
A story with strong family values and good moral lessons.
  JudesThree | Mar 18, 2013 |
Genre: Realistic Fiction- This story tells such a meaningful story about family and love. It's a story we can all relate to; there are times where we will do whatever it takes to make someone we love happy and that is exactly what happens in this tale. The three young children complete chores and sell homemade crafts in order to raise money to buy their grandma something she really wants. It's a touching believable story everyone will love.
Setting: We are not told directly where this story is taking place, but by the way the author writes this story we can take clues and get a general idea. The characters mentioned in this book come from all sorts of backgrounds, religions, and ethnicity so we get the idea the setting is in a neighborhood a couple years ago where immigrants would live in.
Summary: Miss Eula loved that Easter hat in Mr. Kodinski's window, but she could not afford it. So her grandchildren did all they could to raise enough money to buy it for her.
  aharesnape | Mar 7, 2013 |
A young girl used to visit and go to church with her neighbors' grandmother. One day they walked by a store and the grandmother saw a hat she liked. After dinner, the children wanted to give her the hat for Easter. They went to the hat shop, but were accused of throwing eggs on the back of the man's door. To make it up to him, the children decorated eggs to prove they were not bad children. The children wanted to help the shop owner so they could buy the hat, but he had no jobs for them. So he told them to sell the eggs to make money. After they sold the eggs, instead of having to pay the shop owner for the hat, he gave it to them. ( )
  RebeccaMichelet | Apr 28, 2012 |
Chicken Sunday is a moving story about understanding others. Tricia and her two neighbors Stewart and Winston often spent Sundays together. They would walk to church together, and have fried chicken for dinner, hence the title. When the kids notice Gramma admiring a hat on their walk to church, they decided they should do something nice for her since she was always nice to them. The kids decided to get jobs to pay for it. On their way to strike a deal with the hat make they are accused of throwing eggs at the shopkeepers door. Despite being innocent the man did not want to listen to the kids. Tricia figures out a way to show the man they are sorry by making special eggs for him. He is so touched by their work he lets them sell their eggs and they make enough money to buy the hat. Instead of selling it to them Mr. Kodinski gives it to them when he realizes their true intent. The hat is given to Gramma in time for Easter. ( )
  ReplayGuy | Apr 23, 2012 |
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