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Firetalking / by Patricia Polacco ; photographs by Lawrence Migdale.

By: Polacco, Patricia.
Contributor(s): Migdale, Lawrence [ill.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: Meet the author (Katonah, N.Y.): Publisher: Katonah, N.Y. : R.C. Owen, c1994Description: 32 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1878450557; 9781878450555.Subject(s): Polacco, Patricia -- Juvenile literature | Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Children's stories -- Authorship -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 813/.54 | B Summary: An autobiography of the well-known author and illustrator.
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An autobiography of the well-known author and illustrator.

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Gr 2-5-Warm and personable, these autobiographies by three children's book creators are a pleasure to read. Goble writes about his childhood in England, his lifelong fascination with Native Americans, and his home and work in Nebraska. Howe takes readers through the activities of a typical workday. Polacco explains how childhood evenings of ``firetalking'' with her Russian and Irish grandparents formed the basis of many of her stories. The black-and-white and full-color photographs add to the intimacy of the texts, showing the writers as children, working, relaxing, and in family-oriented situations. These books can be read independently or shared with younger children along with the authors' picture books.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Patricia Polacco was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 11, 1944. She attended Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, California before heading off to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, then Laney Community College in Oakland. She then set off for Monash University, Mulgrave, Australia and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia where she received a Ph.D in Art History, Emphasis on Iconography. <p> After college, she restored ancient pieces of art for museums. She didn't start writing children's books until she was 41 years old. She began writing down the stories that were in her head, and was then encouraged to join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. There she learned how to put together a dummy and get a story into the form of a children's picture book. Her mother paid for a trip to New York, where the two visited 16 publishers in one week. She submitted everything she had to more than one house. By the time she returned home the following week, she had sold just about everything. <p> Polacco has won the 1988 Sydney Taylor Book Award for The Keeping Quilt, and the 1989 International Reading Association Award for Rechenka's Eggs. She was inducted into the Author's Hall of Fame by the Santa Clara Reading Council in 1990, and received the Commonwealth Club of California's Recognition of Excellence that same year for Babushka's Doll, and again in 1992 for Chicken Sunday. She also won the Golden Kite Award for Illustration from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for Chicken Sunday in 1992, as well as the Boston Area Educators for Social Responsibility Children's Literature and Social Responsibility Award. In 1993, she won the Jane Adams Peace Assoc. and Women's Intl. League for Peace and Freedom Honor award for Mrs. Katz and Tush for its effective contribution to peace and social justice. She has won Parent's Choice Honors for Some Birthday in 1991, the video Dream Keeper in 1997 and Thank You Mr. Falker in 1998. In 1996, she won the Jo Osborne Award for Humor in Children's Literature. Her titles The Art of Miss. Chew and The Blessing Cup made The New York Times Best Seller List. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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