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Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
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Apr 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: picture-book-for-older-readers
Read in April, 2012

Pink found Sheldon Curtis, Say, wounded in a field during the civil war. He had been shot in the leg. Pink brought him back to his home where he and his mother, Moe Moe Bay nursed him. Pink and his mother are both African American slaves. He always called slavery "the sickness." One day, marauders came to the house and ransacked the place looking for food While Pink and Say hid under the house. When they came out, they saw Moe Moe Bay laying just past the house and ran over to her. She had been shot and killed. They were then taken as prisoners to the confederate army and held up in a barn all night. They were then taken to Andersonville, one of the worst of the confederate camps. There, they were split up. Say was eventually released and passed this story on for generations in the memory of Pinknus Aylee who was killed at the Andersonville camp. The illustrations clearly depict the text and they give the reader a sense of the difficult times Pink and Say faced.

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