The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco

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...she renders her unabashedly sentimental scenes of immigrant life in exuberant, fluid gray pencil, reserving the splashes and spots of color primarily for the tea set...
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A bond of love unites a family throughout generations in this companion to the beloved and bestselling classic The Keeping Quilt.

As a young Russian Jewish girl in the early 1900s, Anna and her family lived in fear of the Czar’s soldiers. The family lived a hard life and had few possessions—their treasure was a beautiful china tea set. A wedding gift to Anna’s parents, the tea set came with a wish that “Anyone who drinks from this will have blessings from God. They will never know a day of hunger. Their lives will always have flavor. They will know love and joy and they will never be poor.”

When Anna’s family leaves Russia for America, they bring the tea set and its blessings. A source of heritage and security, the tea set helps Anna’s family make friends and find better lives in America. A cup from the tea set—The Blessing Cup—became an anchor of family history, and it remains a symbol of lasting love more than a century later.

This tender tribute to the importance of loving lineage is a prequel and companion to the perennial bestseller The Keeping Quilt and is told and illustrated with authenticity and tremendous heart.
 

About Patricia Polacco

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An illustrator, designer, and writer of children's books, Patricia Polacco comes from a family of storytellers, poets, dirt farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She is a member of the Center of U.S.\U.S.S.R. Initiatives and her stories for children, often with a Russian theme, have been widely praised. Rechenka's Eggs received the International Reading Association Award, and The Keeping Quilt, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, was recommended by School Library Journal for its "richly detailed" and "beautifully conceived" illustrations (SLJ starred review). She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two children.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jun 03 2013

...she renders her unabashedly sentimental scenes of immigrant life in exuberant, fluid gray pencil, reserving the splashes and spots of color primarily for the tea set...

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