Cute book. An Irish girl and Polish boy hat each other because of what their families say for years, but they eventually meet in secret and grow to loCute book. An Irish girl and Polish boy hat each other because of what their families say for years, but they eventually meet in secret and grow to love each other and get married.
Yezerski, T.F. (1998). Together in Pinecone Patch. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Keara’s family in Ireland and Stefan’s family in Poland are from very different cultures and have preconceived prejudices about the other’s lifestyle, but they are alike in their inability to feed their families in their homeland, so both families move to America and happen to land in the same place: Pinecone Patch, Pennsylvania. At first, Keara and Stefan maintain their culture’s prejudices and treat each other as if they fulfill the but one day Keara invites Stefan to have tea secretly, and over time they determine that they love each other regardless of what their parents think. The art is fairly realistic, drawn with pencil and then colored in with oil pastels or paint and the colors are smudged together. This is a great story about overcoming prejudices even when it seems that the whole world is against you, and it is not a typical story heard in American classrooms. I would use it conjunction with the study of racism and prejudice while my class was learning about the history of blacks in America to demonstrate that such ugly realities about American history did not only happen to blacks; the Irish, Italians, Poles, Japanese also endured hatred because of petty, reinforced ideas. My goal would be to have the students evaluate their lives in the context of these historical issues and determine in what ways they and their families have held onto preconceived and often unfair notions. ...more