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Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

Pink and Say

by Patricia Polacco, Joan Hickson (Illustrator)

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Great book. Definitely for older grades. Very emotional. Fantastic picture of the civil war from two young boys. ( )
  JeniferCWolff | Sep 11, 2016 |
Sheldon Russell Curtis (Say) was severly injured in a battle when Pinkus Aylee (Pink) found him lying on the ground in a field in Georgia. They were both Union Soldiers. Pink dragged Say to his mothers (Moe Moe Bay) house and she helped Say recover. During this time, Say found out that Pink was a former slave who could read. Pink’s master taught him to read so he could read to him every night. Say couldn’t read, but he was proud that he shook Abraham Lincoln’s hand. Say also confessed that he ran away from his unit because he is a coward and he got hit while he was running. When Pink and Say were getting ready to leave Moe Moe Bay’s house, marauders came and killed Moe Moe Bay. While Pink and Say were headed back to find the Union troops, the Confederate troops captured them and took them to Andersonville, one of the worst Confederate camps. They dragged Pink and Say in different directions and hanged Pink. Say was released months later.

I liked the book because of the valuable lessons and information within it.

At the beginning of the book, make sure students know that Pink and Say were Union soldiers and this occurred during the Civil War. Briefly tell them about the Civil War. Point out that it was against the law to teach slaves to read during that time even though Pink’s master did. Also, make sure students understand that Abraham Lincoln wanted to keep slavery out of the territories. Discuss all of the vocabulary words that have to do with the Civil War.

Have students write the story from Pink’s point of view. Students could write a different ending. Guide a discussion on the themes within the book, then have students write about the themes and find evidence from the text to support their ideas. ( )
  sarahthigpen | Sep 7, 2016 |
Although immensely sad, Pink and Say offers a realistic view of the realities of the Civil War. Despite the devastating ending, the book displays a memorable picture of the power of friendship and the disregard for the norms of cross-racial interaction during the time. Pink and Say should be read to children ages third grade and up. The story and its message will leave a lasting impression on everyone who reads it.
  erindunton | Sep 6, 2016 |
Pink and Say is a story of two young boys during the Civil War. One boy is black the other is a Union white solider. The white boy Sheldon (Say) was saved from injury by the young black boy Pink. Pink took Say to his mother Moe Moe Bay so she could nurse him. During this time, Say learned a lot about what it meant to be a slave and the price many had to pay. The boys eventually were captured by the Confederate Army where they separated at Andersonville Camp.
Critique: Patricia Polacco does a wonderful job shedding light on the tragedy of that was the Civil War. She allows young readers to understand the severity of the war without it being to graphic. Young readers can better understand the historical side of the war as well as the price that was paid to fight for civil rights.
Craft Elements: During the story it is important to elaborate on predicting elements, as well as holding the importance of the two young boys of different colors.
For writing you could have the students create an alternate ending to the story, or have students give an explanation piece on what happened in the story and what hardships both of the young boys faced in detail.
  emilywag15 | Sep 6, 2016 |
In the book set in the Civil war we see a wonderful story of a friendship through the hardest of times, heroism, and a children's version of the war. Pink and Say meet when Pink finds Say wounded from the war and he takes him back to his house so Pink's mom can help him heal. Pink is ready to continue fighting but Say is more than reluctant until he sees Say's mom die at the hands of the war. Pink and Say are both captured by Confederate soldiers, but only Say makes it out alive.
This is a great time for reading comprehension because there are a lot of elements of this story. During circle time I would have my class answer questions about the story, have a conversations about the characters, plot, and moral as well as inference discussions.
I would also use this book to help them learn more about the Civil War at the same time as acquiring a bigger vocabulary. This would be a great time for a word search in the book for Civil War words and phrases. ( )
  sb938957 | Jul 18, 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Patricia Polaccoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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