Patricia Polacco has a rich life full of stories that she decided to tell children. Combining her storytelling skills and her illustrations skills, she’s written dozens of stories for kids ranging on all sorts of topics, from hope and love to friendship and the joy
of doing something nice for someone. With such pleasant tones and boldly drawn pictures, it’s hard for parents and kids to turn away from some of her beloved titles.
Chicken Sunday is one of these stories, bringing people from different walks of life together into one family to create and atmosphere of love and excitement. A simple story becomes one of learning, love, history, and other parts of life that children may or may not understand right away, but even so, the story will stick with them long after the book has been put away.
In this children’s book, Patricia is again the narrator, a young girl who has become a part of the family next door. Stewart and Winston are brothers, and everyone – including Patricia – loves their Grandmother Eula Mae. She makes the best chicken dinners on Sundays and who sings beautifully in the church choir. One day Eula mentions how much she would like to own a pretty Easter bonnet, and that’s all the three kids need to know! To show their love and appreciation for Grandma Eula, they set out to buy it, no matter what it takes!
Not only is
the story fun and energetic, so are Polacco’s illustrations, excitable and done in bright colors in pencil-and-wash style. Polacco again brings in people of different places into one central spotlight. Patricia is Russian American with a Jewish background, which Polacco adds in with intriguing details, from items in her home to a relative’s concentration camp tattoo. The brothers and Grandma Eula are African American, and it’s a lot of fun to see Patricia and the boys running around the town, creating Russian “pysanky” eggs to sell in order to buy the bonnet.
Polacco’s pages brim with life and kids ages 5 to 8 will marvel at all the details and enjoy the story over and over again.