Thursday, July 8, 2010

Don't you just love Patricia Polacco?

Thank you Mr. Falker is one of my all-time favorite books for children.  I've read it a million times, but still always cry at the end.  Now Patricia Polacco has a new book with yet another inspirational message - Junkyard WondersIf you've not read any of Polacco you need to get started today!

When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as "The Junkyard," she is devastated. She moved from her old town so she wouldn't be in a special class anymore! But then she meets her teacher, the quirky and invincible Mrs. Peterson, and her classmates, an oddly brilliant group of students each with his or her own unique talent. And it is here in "The Junkyard" that Trisha learns the true meaning of genius, and that this group of misfits are, in fact, wonders, all of them. Based on a real-life event in Patricia Polacco's childhood, this ode to teachers will inspire all readers to find their inner genius.

Patricia Polacco comes from a family of storytellers, poets, dirt farmers, teachers and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and a writer of children's books. She now lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two children.

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