My Ol' Man by Patricia Polacco
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In a fictional portrait of her father, a traveling salesman, the author of Pink and Say chronicles her pop's discovery of a magical rock, a talisman whose powers appear to be a hoax after her father suddenly loses his job.

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Patricia Polacco was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 11, 1944. She attended Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, California before heading off to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, then Laney Community College in Oakland. She then set off for Monash University, Mulgrave, Australia and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia where she received a Ph.D in Art History, Emphasis on Iconography. After college, she restored ancient pieces of art for museums. She didn't start writing children's books until she was 41 years old. She began writing down the stories that were in her head, and was then encouraged to join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. There she learned how to put together a dummy and get a story into the form of a children's picture book. Her mother paid for a trip to New York, where the two visited 16 publishers in one week. She submitted everything she had to more than one house. By the time she returned home the following week, she had sold just about everything. Polacco has won the 1988 Sydney Taylor Book Award for The Keeping Quilt, and the 1989 International Reading Association Award for Rechenka's Eggs. She was inducted into the Author's Hall of Fame by the Santa Clara Reading Council in 1990, and received the Commonwealth Club of California's Recognition of Excellence that same year for Babushka's Doll, and again in 1992 for Chicken Sunday. She also won the Golden Kite Award for Illustration from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for Chicken Sunday in 1992, as well as the Boston Area Educators for Social Responsibility Children's Literature and Social Responsibility Award. In 1993, she won the Jane Adams Peace Assoc. and Women's Intl. League for Peace and Freedom Honor award for Mrs. Katz and Tush for its effective contribution to peace and social justice. She has won Parent's Choice Honors for Some Birthday in 1991, the video Dream Keeper in 1997 and Thank You Mr. Falker in 1998. In 1996, she won the Jo Osborne Award for Humor in Children's Literature. Her title The Art of Miss. Chew made The New York Times Best Seller list for 2012.
Published January 1, 1995 by Scholastic. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Every day brings a surprise during the summers young Patricia spends with her dad, who collects stories ``like kids collect baseball cards, or fine ladies collect special teacups.'' But one afternoon Da comes home with a tale of a magical rock that Patricia and her brother must see to believe.

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Spinning a tale about her traveling-salesman father, Polacco ""so effectively evokes time, place and personality that her characters come to seem like old friends,"" said PW.

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