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Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
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Pink and Say is a heartfelt story about two young boys who befriend each other during the Civil War. Pink is a white boy who finds the injured Say, an African American boy, while both were fighting for the Union. The two boys have drastically different backgrounds, but are able to forge a friendship. Say has lived his entire life as a slave in the south, while Pink is from rural Ohio and lives with his mother. Pink brings Say back to his home, and his mother nurses Say back to health. Reluctantly, Pink and Say return to fight, but meet continually misfortune. Pink finds out that his beloved mother has been killed and Pink and Say end up getting captured by Confederate soilders. Pink is kiled, but say lives and escapes. He continues to fight for the sake of Pink and tries to keep his memory alive. Polacco uses a English dialect that is native to each of the boys. Her narration of the story tugs at the heart of its readers.

Students reading this book will be able to get a glimpse of life during this turmultous period of time, from the perspective of two young boys. This picture book for upper elementary students is a great book to use in a unit on the civil war. There are many things to be learned by reading this text. The lives of the soilders are accurately detailed in this account of the civil war. This book could be used as the main book in a novel or a supplement.
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