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Pink and Say

by Patricia Polacco

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Pink, a black Union soldier, and Say, a white Union soldier, become friends after Pink finds Say shot in the leg and takes him to his house. There, he and his mother rehabilitate Say and eventually, it is time for them to head back to their troops to finish fighting in the war. Right before they leave, they hear Confederate troops coming and while the boys are hiding from them, Pink's mother gets shot and killed. Right after, they are caught by the soldiers and sent to a camp as prisoners. Say was released eventually after the war and it was presumed that Pink had been hung and left in a pit hours after they were sent to the camp. This has become my favorite children's book I have read so far. Everything down the the illustration and the language and dialogue in the book makes the reader feel as if they know these people and care greatly for them. The fact that this story is also based on two real people makes it even easier to be affected by the outcome of the book. I think the author's goal is to really tell Pink's tragic and heroic story and that comes across while reading it. ( )
  NoelAbadie | Feb 3, 2016 |
A Civil War picture book about two boys, Say and Pink, who find each other and become good friends. Pink saves Say, after being wounded in a battle, and brings him home to be taken care of. The two boys are nurtured back to health by Pink's mother, Moe Moe Bay, who is unfortunately killed by the confederate army. This would be a great story to be read aloud to Elementary or Middle School students. It has beautiful illustrations, a flowing plot, and a heartbreaking ending. It would be a great read for a Civil War unit, or a unit about equality and civil rights. It would also be a great way to introduce narratives and express the importance of keeping family stories alive since this is based off of one of Patricia Polacco's family stories. ( )
  courtleighfish | Oct 30, 2015 |
A Civil War story showing humanity at its best and at its worst, in the lives of 2 teenage boys from the North and the South.
  7mary7 | Sep 2, 2015 |
Sometimes I think Patricia Polacco's writing gets overlooked because her illustrations are so gorgeous. The words in Pink and Say are lovely. This is a true Civil War story handed down through generations of Patricia's family. It's an American story re-told with love and honesty. Unfortunately, kids don't often get to study the Civil War much until high school. This book is a good way for a younger group of children to approach the issues our country faced and the effects of politics on things as close to us as our families. It should have a wider readership than it does. ( )
  KristinAkerHowell | Aug 15, 2015 |
Sometimes I think Patricia Polacco's writing gets overlooked because her illustrations are so gorgeous. The words in Pink and Say are lovely. This is a true Civil War story handed down through generations of Patricia's family. It's an American story re-told with love and honesty. Unfortunately, kids don't often get to study the Civil War much until high school. This book is a good way for a younger group of children to approach the issues our country faced and the effects of politics on things as close to us as our families. It should have a wider readership than it does. ( )
  KristinAkerHowell | Aug 15, 2015 |
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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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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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