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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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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
age4/5
  xiomaragrace12 | Oct 28, 2013 |
Summary:
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 |
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  cavlibrary | Jul 24, 2012 |
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 |
Genre: Autobiography, Realistic Fiction

Media: Watercolors, Acrylic paint
  etimmons08 | Mar 26, 2012 |
Summary: this book is about a black woman and some children that she takes to church every Sunday. After church they look at the hats in the hat shop, and they go back to her house and eat fried chicken. The children wanted to buy her a hat that she really wanted for Easter Sunday, so they tried to raise money to buy the hat. They ended up painting eggs and selling them in the hat store and got the hat.

Personal Reaction: This book was a very thoughtful book. From the look of it I didn’t think that I was going to like it, but after reading it my prospective has changed.

Classroom extension ideas: 1. the students can tell me if they do anything special on a certain day of the week or on a holiday with family or friends. 2. Together we could paint eggs for Easter, hide the eggs, and then hunt them.
  f_bennett | Mar 19, 2012 |
Winston and Stewart are mistakenly blamed for throwing eggs at MrKodinski's hat shop. To make Mr Kodinski feel better, Winnie, a young Jewish girl, teaches them about the tradition of Pysanky eggs. Together, they make eggs and give them to Mr. Kodinski. Sharing their culture brings a greater understanding of each other and they learn about kindness. ( )
  MalissaLojszczyk | Feb 27, 2012 |
A wonderful book about three young children who want to save their hard earned money to buy their favorite person in the world; Miss Eula a easter bonnett for Easter, because she is always cooking for them their favorit sunday meals. After deciding to sell decorated eggs to save up for the hat, the three get accused of throwing eggs at Mr. Kodinskis store door, the same store in which they want to buy the hat from. There are so many messages of friendship, hardwork, empathy, and honesty that can be incorporated into any classroom lesson, great for a read aloud, story telling time for younger students. Can be used for decriptive, narrative writing for older students. For classrooms K-3. ( )
  lcisabell | Nov 23, 2011 |
Summary: This story is about two African American brothers and their neighbor (a white girl)who become so close as friends, that they consider themselves family. The girl is the main character in this story and she sometimes would go to church with the boys and their grandmother on Sundays. Every Sunday the grandmother would marvel at a hat in one of the shop windows on the way to church. The kids decide that they want to buy the hat for grandmother.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this book. Coming from a multicultural background it fits right in with me. Growing up i always got grief because of my family but i really love this book because it shows it doesnt matter what color you are if you love someone then you can be happy that way. It also shows that if you work hard then you can accomplish so much.
  CourtneyEdmond | Oct 31, 2011 |
This book is about three young friends who befriended a Jewish hat maker. What is surprising is the hat maker accuses them of a mis-deed. Read just how these friends make good in the end and find out what Miss Eula finally gets. ( )
  sbiro | Oct 24, 2011 |
Patricia Polacco is a beautiful writer who retells stories from her childhood along with artistic pictures that captures the emotions of the characters. What I loved about Chicken Sunday is that despite the differences of the characters, race and religion, the reader can still relate to the family traditions displayed in the story. Readers understand the relationship between the narrator and Miss Eula, and why the children would want to buy something nice for her. They will also understand the act of the responsibility the children face with the store owner and that they want to make things right for him and Miss Eula. There is a tenderness in Polacco's writing, she writes as if telling the story to her children or grandchildren. The story may seem a little long for kindergarten and first graders but they will be captured by the simplicity and art-filled pages. Ages 5-9 ( )
  lorinhigashi | Oct 15, 2011 |
Summary: This story is about a little girl who becomes friends with her neighbors who aren't the same race or religion as her. The two neighbor boys become like brothers to her and their gramma is like a grandma to her. Every Sunday the little girl goes to church with the neighbors and they call Sundays "Chicken Sundays" because the grandma always makes fried chicken. When Easter gets close the children want to buy a hat for their grandma but its in a grumpy old mans store. The kids overcome their fears and bring Mr. Kodinski some pysanky eggs and he loves the eggs so much he ask the kids to sell them in the store. Mr. Kodinski tells the kids about his Russian culture and they become friends.

Personal Reaction: It was a long story to read. I would read this to an older group of kids. I liked the moral of the story and how it talked about different cultures.

Classroom Ideas:
1. I would read this book to the class before starting a lesson on different cultures.
2. After talking about what pysanky eggs are I would have the class make some close to Easter.
  shaij1 | Oct 11, 2011 |
This book is about children who love this elderly woman their "gramma". The children want to do something nice for her because she does so much for them. They get together and raise money for a hat that she wants. They don’t have enough but the shop owner lets them have it anyway.
  deed9699 | Sep 5, 2011 |
Chicken Sunday is a beautifully written and illustrated story about a girl and her "brothers" who work together to buy a hat for Ms. Eula ( )
  etwinney | Mar 2, 2011 |
A little girl and her new found brothers are determine to buy their grandma Eula a beautiful Easter hat. After much thinking and a little help they come up with the perfect plan to do just that!
  tnt013 | Feb 15, 2011 |
The children wanted to buy Miss Eula a hat she admires in Mr. Kodinski's shop. She always talked about it at Sunday dinner's over fried chicken . They saved up money and went to the store to buy it. But, the shop owner had eggs thrown at him and thought it was the children. To prove it wasn't them, they decorated Easter eggs and gave them to him. He believed that they didn't throw the eggs at him and sold the eggs in his store. They used the money to buy Miss Eula the hat and she sang beautifully in church the next Sunday.
  sjg005 | Dec 21, 2010 |
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