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Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

Pink and Say

by Patricia Polacco, Joan Hickson (Illustrator)

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This is a great book that references the American Civil War. It can trigger many emotions, but gives us a good representation of how things were during those hard times. This book can be used when teaching about historical events in America. ( )
  Jdean12 | Oct 20, 2016 |
This book would be a great book to read to my students when learning about the Civil War. I think I would have to be careful with this book because it does get bloody in some areas, so I want to make sure that my students are mature enough to read this book. I also believe that this book is a great way to show students that everybody is the same, regardless of race. ( )
  laurenkt | Oct 20, 2016 |
Gives children a better understanding on World War II with an ease at heart. Great read! ( )
  danyaa | Oct 20, 2016 |
I really like Patricia Polacco's stories. They always seem to have an element to them that really draws you in. Pink and Say is no exception. I really like how she is able to create such strong feelings in this story. Even though the story takes place during the Civil War, there are still things that children can learn about in today's time including slavery. It has a good message of treating everyone with respect no matter what they may look like. ( )
  dschae7 | Oct 20, 2016 |
This is a must have book for every teacher! It is a wonderful story of friendship that every student can relate to. Students will enjoy this story of friends who became close in the most unlikely situation. I highly recommend this book because teachers can do so much with it. ( )
  KatieDinsmore | Oct 17, 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 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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