After so many years of writing childrens books, it finally became time for author Patricia Polacco to become the focus of one. Children could finally see the face of
the woman behind so many titles and the life that helped to create many of them. U
sing her knowledge, writing skills, and illustration skills, she brought kids years of joy through her books. In 1994, the “Meet the Author” series came about, and with Lawrence Migdale taking pictures of Polacco for the book, kids could see what she has experienced in life to bring them such stories.
Readers familiar with her stories such as Thank You, Mr. Falker and many, many others, Firetalking brings readers face to face with Patricia Polacco. In this book, she tells about her life as a child and how her family was a family full of stories and people that were always willing to tell them. During the summer, Polacco spent time with her Irish relatives and her father’s side of the family and during the rest of the year lived with her mother and all of her Russian relatives. Coming from such a rich heritage and different backgrounds gave her the inspirations to create some of her most beloved stories. From learning to read to her amazing illustration skills, kids will learn all about Polacco’s life and what inspired her to write.
Readers will also get to see Polacco at work in Firetalking. They will get to see her creating illustrations for a book as well as the process of making a book for kids. Ideal for kids ages 7 and up, it is still a great addition to any classroom or child’s bedroom, especially for those who are fans of Polacco’s books.
Firetalking makes for a great read aloud, and can easily be used to teach kids about the magic that can come from having so many different people and
events in life and how their favorite titles have come alive through one person.
If kids like Patricia Polacco’s work, then this can make for a great gift. Polacco even dresses in some of the traditional Russian garb, yet one more aspect often in her books that kids can see in use in real life.