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Pink and Say

by Patricia Polacco, Joan Hickson (Illustrator)

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The story is about two boy soldiers who meet each other in the battlefield during the American Civil War. This book can be used for history about the civil war. It makes it a lot more interesting. ( )
  Christina1476 | Apr 20, 2017 |
I think it is a well written book! There are a lot of teaching ideas that go along well with this book! ( )
  Sammmm_omalley | Apr 20, 2017 |
At first I didn't like this book. Then I took a picture walk and REALLY didn't like the story but the reason why was because of how powerful the images in the story were to convey an emotion so deep, There is mild blood in the illustrations so I would not recommend a K-2 read-aloud. I didn't need words to see how sad this book was. The dialogue the author chose to write the story was through a Southern accent in the early 1900s and made the story more authentic. There are some words that a reader may need to look up, such as, "cripple up," "afeared," and "buckboard." The main idea of the story is to educate young readers about early war against slavery and racism. While I say I didn't like the book, the truth is, it was a good read. ( )
  mdelga3 | Mar 17, 2017 |
This book would work well as an interactive read-aloud for 4th and 5th grade students who are learning about the Civil War, segregation, and slavery. It would work as an interactive read-aloud because they can ask and answer questions about the content and talk it out as a class as they make connections to what they are learning in class.
  tmoreland01 | Feb 28, 2017 |
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 |
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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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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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