Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Don't you love Patricia Polacco?

One of my favorite Civil War stories is Pink and Say.  Have you read it to your upper grade students?  You should...

Pink and Say highlights the brief but intimate friendship of two young boys, Pinkus Aylee (Pink) and Sheldon Curtis (Say), during the Civil War. When wounded attempting to escape his unit, Say is rescued by Pink, who carries him back to his Georgia home where he and his family were slaves. The story is heartwarming and full of perspective from the war...
My other favorite story by her is Just in time Abraham Lincoln.  This one lends itself to our boys who in this day and age are obsessed with war games - video games where killing is sport.  In this book, the two boys step back in time into a real battle of the Civil War - Antietam.  They also meet up with the famous photographer Matthew Brady.
As a follow up to that book, I created a simple power point with real photos from Matthew Brady...including ones from the battle of Antietam as portrayed in the story.

You can download it for FREE here...



  1. As I read "Pink and Say" aloud this year, I nearly cried. I don't know what came over me! It is a deeply moving book, though.

  2. I use Pink and Say, but Just in Time is a new one for me. Thank you for pointing it out. I can definitely see how it will hook my boys.

    Christi ツ
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner