Books by: Patricia Polacco


Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker

by Patricia Polacco
12,794 voters
Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and ...
Pink and Say

Pink and Say

by Patricia Polacco
9,195 voters
There are few picture books written about the Civil War, and none are as powerful as this one. This story, about how a young black soldier rescues a white soldier, opens young read...
The Keeping Quilt

The Keeping Quilt

by Patricia Polacco
6,924 voters
"We will make a quilt to help us always remember home," Anna's mother said. "It will be like heaving the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night.

And so it was. From ...

Thunder Cake

Thunder Cake

by Patricia Polacco
4,738 voters
Grandma consoles her frightened granddaughter by telling her that the dark clouds of the impending storm are nothing more than the ingredients for a Thunder Cake. Reprint. AB. SLJ....
Chicken Sunday

Chicken Sunday

by Patricia Polacco
4,403 voters
After being initiated into a neighbor's family by a solemn backyard ceremony, a young Russian American girl and her African American brothers' determine to buy their gramma Eula a ...
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

by Patricia Polacco
2,629 voters
After losing running, climbing, throwing, and burping competitions to her obnoxious older brother, a young girl makes a wish on a falling star.
Rechenka's Eggs

Rechenka's Eggs

by Patricia Polacco
1,703 voters
A warm tale of love and and the unexpected from the bestselling author of The Keeping Quilt. Old Babushka is preparing her eggs for the Easter festival when she takes in Rechenka, ...
The Bee Tree

The Bee Tree

by Patricia Polacco
1,548 voters
When Mary Ellen gets bored with her reading, Grandpa knows a hunt for a bee tree is just what she needs. Half the town joins the exciting chase, but it's not until everyone returns...
Mrs. Katz and Tush

Mrs. Katz and Tush

by Patricia Polacco
1,539 voters
Larnel doesn't know his neighbor, Mrs. Katz, very well, until he asks her to adopt an abandoned kitten. Mrs. Katz agrees on one condition: that Larnel help her take care of the kit...
The Butterfly

The Butterfly

by Patricia Polacco
1,366 voters
Since the Tall Boots--the Nazis--have marched into Monique's small French village, terrorizing it, nothing surprises her. Until the night Monique encounters "the little ghost" sitt...
Babushka's Doll

Babushka's Doll

by Patricia Polacco
1,283 voters
Natasha isn't really a bad girl. It's just that she wants to play on the swing now, not after the wash has been hung up to dry. And she wants her soup now, not after ...
Christmas Tapestry

Christmas Tapestry

by Patricia Polacco
1,081 voters
When a bad leak ruins the sacristy wall in his father's church, Jonathan Jefferson Weeks thinks his family's first Christmas Eve service in Detroit will be ruined, too. But then he...
Mr. Lincoln's Way

Mr. Lincoln's Way

by Patricia Polacco
1,033 voters
Mr. Lincoln is the coolest principal ever! He knows how to do everything, from jumping rope to leading nature walks. Everyone loves him . . . except for Eugene Esterhause. "Mean Ge...
An Orange for Frankie

An Orange for Frankie

by Patricia Polacco
890 voters
The Stowell family is abuzz with holiday excitement, and Frankie, the youngest boy, is the most excited of all. But there's a cloud over the joyous season: Tomorrow is Christmas Ev...
Just Plain Fancy

Just Plain Fancy

by Patricia Polacco
822 voters
Naomi Vlecke lives with her farming family in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. The Amish first came to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s, and to this day preserve a religious and ...
The Lemonade Club

The Lemonade Club

by Patricia Polacco
608 voters
Everyone loves Miss Wichelman?s fifth-grade class?especially best friends Traci and Marilyn. That?s where they learn that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade! They are having...
The Trees of the Dancing Goats

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

by Patricia Polacco
599 voters
Trisha loves the eight days of Hanukkah, when her mother stays home from work, her Babushka makes delicious potato latkes, and her Grampa carves wonderful animals out of woo...
Babushka Baba Yaga

Babushka Baba Yaga

by Patricia Polacco
565 voters
Baba Yaga is a witch famous throughout Russia for eating children, but this Babushka Baba Yaga is a lonely old woman who just wants a grandchild?to love."Kids will respond to the j...
Emma Kate

Emma Kate

by Patricia Polacco
491 voters
That adorable Emma Kate has an imaginary friend.They walk to school together every morning, and sit together in class.They sleep over at each other’s houses, and do their homework ...
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair

Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair

by Patricia Polacco
462 voters
How much TV is too much TV? Welcome to Triple Creek, where the townspeople watch TV day and night. They watch it when they're eating, working, playing, and sleeping. They even use ...
When Lightning Comes in a Jar

When Lightning Comes in a Jar

by Patricia Polacco
458 voters
It's family reunion time! Trisha and her cousins can hardly wait to see one another again. They can't decide what they like best: the great feast (with zillions of meatloafs and ga...
John Philip Duck

John Philip Duck

by Patricia Polacco
346 voters
Edward loves his pet duck more than anything. He raised it from a baby, and now it follows him everywhere&150even to the big fancy hotel in Memphis where he works with his father. ...
Welcome Comfort

Welcome Comfort

by Patricia Polacco
333 voters
Santa! He's not even real!

It's not easy being Welcome Comfort-a foster child always moving from home to home and getting picked on by the kids at school. Even Chri...
The Graves Family

The Graves Family

by Patricia Polacco
307 voters
The Graves family has just moved to Union City, and they definitely don't fit in. With giant spiders in the living room, a voracious Venus flytrap named Phoebe in the kitchen, and ...
Ginger and Petunia

Ginger and Petunia

by Patricia Polacco
262 voters
Virginia Vincent Folsum, better known as Ginger, is a very elegant lady. An accomplished pianist, socially active - and what style! "You are what you wear" is her motto. But Ginger...
Meteor!

Meteor!

by Patricia Polacco
247 voters
The meteor that crash lands in the middle of Grandma and Grandpa Gaw's yard sets off a chain of events that brings magic to the residents of Mudsock Meadow. A remarkable true-life ...
Mommies Say Shhh!

Mommies Say Shhh!

by Patricia Polacco
239 voters
Goats say “maa-maa-maa.” Birds say “cheep-cheep-cheep.” Horses say “neigh-neigh-neigh.” Rabbits say nothing at all! But when all of these animals get together and raise a honking, ...
Appelemando's Dreams

Appelemando's Dreams

by Patricia Polacco
226 voters
Appelemando loves to dream! The villagers think he will never amount to much, but his friends know better. They can see his dreams drift up from the top of his head and float into ...
G is for Goat

G is for Goat

by Patricia Polacco
224 voters
Letter by letter, meet cart-pulling goats; clothes-munching goats; head-butting, hill-climbing, tail-wagging goats! Cats, chicks, dogs, and bunnies play along with these friendly g...
Betty Doll

Betty Doll

by Patricia Polacco
222 voters
Whenever Mary Ellen needed Betty Doll, she was there. Betty Doll saw her through happy and sad times, thunderstorms and parties, weddings and births. Now, when Mary Ellen’s daughte...
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare

Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare

by Patricia Polacco
218 voters

Seems like Richie’s entire goal in life is to make Trisha’s impossible. Especially when he takes to teasing her about her beloved ballet class. Trisha knows how much wor...

Some Birthday!

Some Birthday!

by Patricia Polacco
185 voters
A Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year
An IRA/CBC Children's Choices Book
A Parents' Choice Awards Picture Honor Book
I Can Hear the Sun

I Can Hear the Sun

by Patricia Polacco
184 voters
Fondo's life is sad and lonely until he meets Stephanie Michele. She takes care of the geese who live on the shore of Lake Merritt, and when Fondo shows up there one day, she lets ...
My Ol' Man

My Ol' Man

by Patricia Polacco
184 voters
Patricia's father is always telling stories, and the best is the one about the magic rock. But does the rock have enough magic to help when he loses his job?
Something About Hensley's

Something About Hensley's

by Patricia Polacco
177 voters
There's something about Hensley's! No matter what you need, that general store is sure to have it. It's almost magical the way the manager, Old John, seems to know what the townsfo...
Luba and the Wren

Luba and the Wren

by Patricia Polacco
170 voters
When Luba helps a frightened wren, it promises to grant all of her wishes. "I am content, I have no wish," Luba says-at first. Then Luba's parents convince her to ask for a bigger ...
Oh, Look!

Oh, Look!

by Patricia Polacco
163 voters

The famous Polacco goats are back!  In this playful interactive chant, three mischievous little goats find their way out of the gate (squeak, squeak, squeak!), over a br...

Uncle Vova's Tree

Uncle Vova's Tree

by Patricia Polacco
162 voters
A holiday favorite from Patricia Polacco is now available again, to her fans' delight. Based on Polacco's childhood memories, this is the story of her Great-uncle Vladimir, known a...
In Enzo's Splendid Gardens

In Enzo's Splendid Gardens

by Patricia Polacco
151 voters
This is the bee that stopped on a tree in Enzo's splendid gardens. . . .

And that's how this rollicking adventure from Patricia Polacco begins. A boy drops his book...
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow

Picnic at Mudsock Meadow

by Patricia Polacco
134 voters
William's greatest hopes for the Mudsock Meadow's annual Halloween picnic are to maybe win a few contests, definitely show up Hester Bledden, and -- absolutely, most importantly --...
Tikvah Means Hope

Tikvah Means Hope

by Patricia Polacco
130 voters
Justine and Duane and their neighbors are happily getting ready for Sukkoth, the Jewish harvest holiday. Suddenly, catastrophe strikes as a fire sweeps through their town. Luckily ...
The Graves Family Goes Camping

The Graves Family Goes Camping

by Patricia Polacco
121 voters
When the Graves family goes camping to mysterious Lake Bleakmire, so doall their ghoulish sidekicks—bats, spiders, and even their Venus Flytrap. Yet nothing can prepare them for th...
Firetalking

Firetalking

by Patricia Polacco
98 voters


Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 5/1/1994 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 7 and Up
Babushka's Mother Goose

Babushka's Mother Goose

by Patricia Polacco
77 voters
Meet Yasha, whose beard grows down to the ground and keeps growing, and an old babushka who lives in a boot with too many children. Beloved storyteller Patricia Polacco draws from ...
Boat Ride with Lillian Two Blossom

Boat Ride with Lillian Two Blossom

by Patricia Polacco
60 voters
Mixing vibrant color with black-and-white pencil drawings, the author/illustrator explore the magic of myth in a fantastical boat ride that sweeps Will and Mabel into the sky.
When Lightning Comes in a Jar

When Lightning Comes in a Jar

by Patricia PolaccoErnest L. Polacco
43 voters
It’s time for a family reunion! when tricia’s aunts, uncles, and cousins arrive at her house for an annual family reunion, the fun really begins. And this year, gramma has promised...
Babushka Baba Yaga

Babushka Baba Yaga

by Patricia Polacco
33 voters
She was the last of her kind. A creature of legends. A being of the forest. AAnd? stories . . . were told of her - stories of the terrible, horrible Baba Yaga.

In t...
Mommies Say Shhh!

Mommies Say Shhh!

by Patricia Polacco
30 voters
Goats say "Maa-Maa-Maa." Birds say "Cheep-Cheep-Cheep." Horses say "Neigh-Neigh-Neigh." Rabbits say nothing at all! But when all of these animals get together and raise a honking, ...
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow

Picnic at Mudsock Meadow

by Patricia Polacco
16 voters
It?s time for the annual Halloween picnic. But the kids are worried about the ghost of Titus Dinworthy. Except William, who?s pretty sure old Titus is just swamp gas; it?s Hester B...
The Butterfly

The Butterfly

by Patricia Polacco
14 voters
Lying in bed one moonlit night, Monique awakens to see what she thinks is a little ghost sitting at the foot of her bed, petting her cat. In the time that her French village has be...
Mrs Mack

Mrs Mack

by Patricia Polacco
13 voters
Patricia is thrilled when her father decides that she's finally old enough to learn to ride. But her dreams of having a beautiful horse of her own are dashed when he takes her to a...
Appelemando's Dreams

Appelemando's Dreams

by Patricia Polacco
13 voters
Appelemando loves to dream! The villagers think he will never amount to much, but his friends know better. They can see his dreams drift up from the top of his head and float into ...
Gracias, Senor Falker / Thank You, Mr. Falker

Gracias, Senor Falker / Thank You, Mr. Falker

by Patricia Polacco
11 voters
Tricia struggles in elementary school because she has difficulty learning to read. Her classmates call her dumb, despite her many talents. Finally, in fifth grade she is lucky enou...
Mr. Lincoln's Way

Mr. Lincoln's Way

by Patricia Polacco
8 voters
Mr. Lincoln is the coolest principal ever! He knows how to do everything, from jumping rope to leading nature walks. Everyone loves him . . . except for Eugene Esterhause. "Mean Ge...
Pink and Say

Pink and Say

by Patricia Polacco
6 voters
Book measures 11"x8.5".
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair

Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair

by Patricia Polacco
2 voters
How much TV is too much TV? The author tackles this timely question with her trademark humor and folksy charm in this fresh and funny parable. When Eli's eccentric Aunt Chip, who r...
La Colcha de los Recuerdos = The Keeping Quilt

La Colcha de los Recuerdos = The Keeping Quilt

by Patricia PolaccoTeresa Mlawer
2 voters
When Patricia's Great-Gramma Anna came to America as a child, the only things she brought along from Russia were her dress and the babushka she liked to throw up into the air when ...
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

by Patricia Polacco
1 voters

There's nothing worse than a rotten redheaded older brother who can do everything you can do better! Patricia's brother Richard could run the fastest, climb the highest, and sp...

Pink y Say

Pink y Say

by Patricia Polacco
1 voters
Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-grea...
Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker

by Patricia Polacco
1 voters
Teacher takes the time to help child overcome her fears by helping her overcome her learning difficulties. Touching story!
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

by Patricia Polacco
0 voters
Tricia can't stand her rotten redheaded older brother Richie, who cain do everything better than she can. So when her grandmother tells her a wish made on a shooting star will come...
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair

Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair

by Patricia Polacco
0 voters
How much TV is too much TV? The author tackles this timely question with her trademark humor and folksy charm in this fresh and funny parable. When Eli's eccentric Aunt Chip, who r...
The Trees Of The Dancing Goats

The Trees Of The Dancing Goats

by Patricia Polacco
0 voters
While Trisha and her family prepare for the Jewish holidays, the neighboring Kremmel family is preparing for Christmas. When scarlet fever strikes the Kremmel family, Trisha and he...
Chicken Sunday

Chicken Sunday

by Patricia Polacco
0 voters
After being initiated into a neighbor's family in a solemn backyard ceremony, a young Russian-American girl and her African-American "brothers" determine to buy their "gramma" Eula...