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Holes in the sky, Patricia Polacco

Label
Holes in the sky
Title
Holes in the sky
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Polacco
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Soon after her beloved grandmother's death, Trisha's family moves to a diverse California neighborhood where she meets Stewart and his grandmother, Miss Eula, who brings people together to help a grieving neighbor
Tone
Character
Review
  • K-Gr 2—Polacco plumbs the seemingly endless nooks and crannies of her childhood to come up with another picture book to inspire warm feelings of community and caring. This one tells about her family's relocation from Michigan to California after the death of her beloved Babushka. Patty's new neighbor, Stewart, insists on befriending her and introduces her to his grandmother, Miss Eula, a consummate gardener and bulwark of their neighborhood. With Miss Eula, the children embark on a mission of activism to restore a neglected garden and embrace an embittered, grief-stricken resident. Polacco's emotion-laden pencil and watercolor illustrations bleed off the pages, just as her own warmth and affection for humanity overflow in the text. It is, perhaps, a bit hard to credit the many parallels she draws between her own grandmother and Stewart's—as if straining to show that a Russian immigrant and a Black Oakland resident are more alike than not—but many readers will appreciate her motives and welcome the notion that stars are the holes in the sky through which departed love ones keep watch over us. VERDICT Most libraries will welcome Polacco's message of understanding and mutual affection. The length of the narrative seems to suggest a one-on-one read.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY --Miriam Lang Budin (Reviewed 09/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 9, p94)
  • This follow-up to Chicken Sunday again features Miss Eula and child Trisha, based on Polacco’s childhood self. Polacco describes Trisha’s loss of her beloved Babushka—who tells her before she dies that stars are holes in the sky that lead to heaven, and that she promises to send her a sign. After a move to a diverse neighborhood in drought-ravaged California, Trisha befriends a boy named Stewart; his grandmother is the exuberant, loving Miss Eula. Despite the drought, Eula grows a magnificent garden using recycled water, and Trisha is inspired to bring that beauty to a mourning neighbor. In this autobiographical story, Polacco explores complex responses to grief; the beauty of community, diversity, and goodwill shines through her unmistakable marker-and-pencil-line illustrations. Ages 6–9. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/23/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 30, p)
  • Trisha looks for signs from her grandmother in the sky but finds them closer than expected. Trisha's comfortably zaftig Russian grandmother tells her that stars are really "holes in the sky," with the light of heaven gleaming through them. She says that she will be there soon but will watch over them, and she will send a sign to let them know. After Babushka dies, Trisha's all-white family moves to the diverse city of Oakland, California, and Trisha becomes best friends with a black boy named Stewart. Stewart brings Trisha home to meet his grandmother Eula, a woman who cooks and gardens and whose shape echoes Babushka's. Miss Eula mentions that Verna Bacci's garden used to be the most beautiful on the block, before she lost her son in a terrible accident. The three of them decide to do something nice for Miss Verna, and the whole neighborhood pitches in. While Trisha has been searching the sky every night for a sign from Babushka, Miss Verna gets a sign from her son that they all can see. In the end, Miss Eula dabs vanilla behind Trisha's ears just like Babushka used to, and Trisha realizes that her sign has been right in front of her. Polacco's signature illustration style in sketched pencil and color emphasizes the relationships among people, just as the text celebrates the power of connection and the miracle of love in unexpected places. Sweet and comforting. (Picture book. 5-10) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10690464
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polacco, Patricia
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.P75186
LC item number
Hol 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Neighborliness
  • Gardens
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • African Americans
  • Moving, Household
  • Family life
  • California
Target audience
primary
Label
Holes in the sky, Patricia Polacco
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781524739485
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017060128
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
Holes in the sky, Patricia Polacco
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781524739485
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017060128
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations

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