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Pink and Say

by Patricia Polacco, Joan Hickson (Illustrator)

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Pink and Say are two soldiers in the Civil War. Say is a white soldier, Pink is black. Say is injured and Pink takes him back to his home, where his mother nurses him back to help. The Confederate army find Say and kills Pink's mom in the process. Say and Pink are both arrested, but they receive very different punishments, based on skin color.
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This book can be used to illustrate the different attitudes about race during the Civil War era.
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Have the students write a story from Pink's point of view or have them create a story that has a different ending, maybe or more balanced punishment if at all. Remind them of the structure of story telling, help them include developed dialog/thoughts of their character.
  KButterfield | Dec 7, 2016 |
Pink and Say is based during the Civil War. It is about two union soldiers who run into each other in battle. One is white and he is hurt and in need of help. A black soldier comes along and helps him. He takes him home and his mother helps nurse him back to full health. This is a great book to teach about that era of our country's history as well as a book to teach about humanity and helping each other rather than having the ego-centric attitude that we see all to often in today's society.
  Jordan.Francies | Dec 3, 2016 |
Pink and Say is about the friendship between a black soldier and white soldier during the Civil War. Pink takes Say to his home because Say was was hurt, but some Confederates find them and kill Pink's mother. The two are taken prisoner, and treated very differently. Pink is hanged within hours whereas Say is let go. This was written from oral tradition, and Palacco is a descendant of Say. ( )
  maddisonsitz | Nov 9, 2016 |
this book was pretty cool.
  Bri1144 | Oct 24, 2016 |
This story is about a black soldier and a white solider, and their fight during the war.
  ashermak | Oct 24, 2016 |
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Hands and gestures have always been important in Polacco's work. Here they are at the center of a picture book based on a true incident in the author's own family history. It's a story of interracial friendship during the Civil War between two 15-year-old Union soldiers. Say, who is white and poor, tells how he is rescued by Pinkus (Pink), who carries the wounded Say back to the Georgia home where Pink's black family were slaves. In a kind of idyllic interlude, Pink and his mother nurse Say back to health, and Pink teaches his friend to read; but before they can leave, marauders kill Pink's mother and drag the boys to Andersonville prison. Pink is hanged, but Say survives to tell the story and pass it on across generations. The figure of Pink's mother borders on the sentimental, but the boys' relationship is beautifully drawn. Throughout the story there are heartbreaking images of people torn from a loving embrace. Pictures on the title and copyright pages show the parallel partings as each boy leaves his family to go to war. At the end, when the friends are wrenched apart in prison, the widening space between their outstretched hands expresses all the sorrow of the war. Then, in a powerful double-page spread, they are able to clasp hands for a moment, and their union is like a rope. Say once shook Lincoln's hand, just as Say held Pink's hand, and Say tells his children, who tell theirs, that they have touched the hand that touched the hand . . .
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Gr 4 UpSay, 15, had never seen a black person up close until Pink, also a young Union soldier, saves his life. During his brief stay in Pink's home, the wounded boy comes to understand his friend's unconquerable vision of freedom. A memorable family reminiscence with evocative paintings. (Oct. 1994)
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Patricia Polaccoprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hickson, JoanIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed

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Follows the story of two boys during the Civil War. One was a slave and one was a soldier. The soldier named Say gets saved by Pink, who was a slave and is taken back to his slave home. It tells the story of this great friendship.
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Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-great-grandfather.

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