October 16, 2013, 2013 -- Children’s author-illustrator Patricia Polacco
visited with Kensington Road Elementary students during several assemblies on
Friday, October 11. Polacco is the author and illustrator of many charming
Polacco’s presentations gave students a glimpse into her books, and also her learning disabilities, her family, heroic teachers in her life, and the pain suffered from teasing.
“I have read Patricia Polacco books to my students for years," said second-grade teacher Charles Farrar, who helped organize the visit with funding and support provided by Kensington's Parent-Teacher Association. "Her books were relatively new when I started teaching in Glens Falls and I remember the first one I shared with my students was Babushka Baba Yaga. That is when I fell in love with her books. My favorite, I think, is For The Love of Autumn."
Each student at Kensington created artwork based upon Polacco’s book Rechenka's Eggs, and the pieces were on display in the school’s foyer. Canadian Geese hung overhead, and artwork lined the hallway, making for a warm display of art to greet Polacco when she entered the building.
Polacco's stories often involve meaningful interactions between young and old people, as well as an intermingling of different cultures. She has written and illustrated Thunder Cake, The Keeping Quilt, Chicken Sunday, and many other titles.