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Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
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Jul 14, 12

bookshelves: families, friendship, reading, literacy, social-studies, war, picture-book, heroes
Read in July, 2012

In this powerfully written and illustrated picture book by gifted storyteller Patricia Polacco, readers are taken back to the Civil War. Sheldon Curtis (Say) is lying near a Southern battlefield. When Pinkus Aylee finds him, he carries the wounded boy back to his mother's house. She nurses him back to health, and the two boys become friends. Tragedy strikes, and as they're on their way back to join the Union troops, they are captured by Confederate troops and separated once they reach a camp for prisoners of war. The story is filled with poignant moments and hints of the indignity of slavery. Even though Pink was that rare slave who had been taught how to read by his master, he was certain that he had done so for his own convenience and not out of kindness. The author/illustrator reminds readers that heroes can appear in the most unlikely places, and that a debt owed to someone for saving one's life is a debt that lasts even after death.
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