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Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
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Nov 11, 11

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Say is a boy who was injured while fighting in the Civil War. Pink, another soldier, came upon him and took him back home to heal. There he was able to recover, but then they were captured by southern troops. Eventually we learn about Say being let go, but he heard that Pink was killed soon after his capture. It is a wonderful story that was passed down through Patricia Polacco's family from her great-great-grandfather.
This story is great for children to get a view into what it was like for a young boy to fight in a war, and helps children to gain empathy for what these children had to go through in this time period. Polacco does a nice job describing the setting of the south and explaining how this is where many of the people lived, right in the middle of the fighting ground. Her pictures lend themselves to building the scenery of the war and its effects. The characters are ones that children could relate to becasue they talk about their fear of what they are living through. Say actually cries to Pink's mom about being a coward because he ran away from his group. They act as a real 15-year-old boy would act in the situation. This story carries strong themes to show how senseless this war was and what a strong need for freedom there was back then. Pink and Say is a must read!

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Ashley I too love Polacco's Pink and Say and also think it would be an effective tool to utilize when studying the Civil War. Its historical authenticity helps show the reader the realistic aspects of the war, injustice, and slavery. In addition, Polacco provides the reader with the theme of friendship and standing up for what you think is right. Being a fictionalized family history book, Say being Patricia's great grandfather, makes the story that much more compelling and meaningful. Do you teach the Civil War in 5th grade? Is this a tool you would use in your classroom?

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Ginta Harrigan I have not read "Pink and Say" but based on your review it sounds like an interesting book. It seems to be a book that would provide a great opening to a discussion on the Civil War.

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