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Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco
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In Mrs. Katz and Tush, an old Jewish widow becomes friends with a young African American boy. The author does a wonderful job of bonding two characters through friendship,weaves the similarities between the two cultures and shows the similar struggles of slavery that the people have endured. Patricia Pollaco continues to impress readers with well developed characters that leave the reader thinking about the bond and kindness of Mrs. Katz and Larnel long after reading the story.

Mrs. Katz is a lonely widow who is looking for companionship. She finds a friend in a little boy, Larnel. This kind young boy notices that Mrs. Katz is lonely and brings her a cat to keep her company. The strong bond of friendship has begun and continues for the rest of Mrs. Katz's life. Mrs. Katz shares some of her most treasured Jewish traditions with Larnel as she begins to heal from the loss of her husband with Larnel's help.

This well written story can be used in the Primary Grades to teach the bonds of friendship as well as to give background knowledge about the Jewish culture. Children will enjoy the reality that friendships can occur between young and old, across cultures and for a lifetime.


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L12_markmesserly I like the idea of cross-cultural themes in well-crafted stories. It is easy to focus upon singular themes, missing important similarities with experiences other disenfranchised people encounter. More connections for young readers provide opportunities to empathize with people, and suggest solutions extensible to other contexts.


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L12_danielle Great review, Robyn! Patricia Polacco is one of my very favorite authors/illustrators. I love your suggestion of using Mrs. Katz and Tush to build background knowledge about the Jewish culture and/or to teach the bonds of friendship. Thank you!


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