February 2 – Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Genre: Non-Fiction. Oral History
Biography: Pinkus Aylee – Hero, enslaved man and soldier in Georgia, US. About 1840 – 1861
Historical Time Period: Civil War.
Geographical Relevance: Georgia.
Authenticity: The author and illustrator, Patricia Polacco, is the great great granddaughter of ‘Say’. Say is the man that Pinkus Aylee rescues from the hands of Confederate soldiers. The true story of Pinkus’ bravery has been orally passed down through Polacco’s family.
The book is potentially quite powerful in teaching children about white privilege. I haven’t had the opportunity to use it in the classroom yet. Up until recently, I’ve taught Kindergarten and first grade, and I don’t find it appropriate for the early childhood classroom, as it is quite sad and gruesome in parts. I aim to incorporate it into the curriculum of my new third grade class, that I begin teaching tomorrow.
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