Sunday, September 19, 2010
Snapshot: Patricia Polacco
I first read a book by Patricia Polacco when I came across her unforgettable picturebook Pink and Say. Over the years I've enjoy her books - her stories as vivid and compelling as the illustrations - with one of my all-time favorites being Mrs. Katz and Tush. She has given eloquent voice to the experience of being learning disabled. Polacco is from Michigan just south of where my parents now live. After many years in Oakland, CA she has moved back to the farm where she lived as a little girl. Her love of her farm childhood, love for her elders and their stories, commitment to and celebration of diversity as well as her sheer pleasure in art, animals, books and storytelling all give me great joy.