Firetalking (Meet the Author)

by Patricia Polacco

Hardcover, 1994



Local notes

921 POL



Richard C Owen Pub (1994), Edition: Har/Bklt, 32 pages


An autobiography of the well-known author and illustrator.

Original language


Physical description

32 p.; 7.25 x 0.25 inches


1878450557 / 9781878450555



User reviews

LibraryThing member Jill.Barrington
Patricia Polacco explains her family's history, her past, and her work as an author and illustrator.

The book would be a good way to introduce a biography to students and talk about how some authors work.
LibraryThing member jenvid
Polacco gives us a detailed look into her life. I loved looking through her childhood photos of her family and herself. It was really as if we were getting to know her. Something that really touched me was how she opened up about her dyslexia. She wrote how she felt she was dumb, but a teacher informed her of the disability. Polacco is now a very successful person. Any child having a disability can read this and feel inspired that they can become anything they want to be.… (more)
LibraryThing member alyssabuzbee
I really enjoyed the way the author told about her writing process and the things that influence her, mainly the stories about her family. Since the author is also dyslexic, this is a great tool to show children with disabilities that they can succeed in whatever they want to do.
LibraryThing member CassieM
This book would be a great resource for an author study on Patricia Polacco.
LibraryThing member derbygirl
(non fiction autobiography) Patricia Polacco reveals what shapes the creation of her stories in this autobiography. It is interesting to me how much of her real life is in her picture books. Now that I have read the autobiography, I am intrigued enough to read some more of the children's books she mentions. It would be fun if you were reading one of her children's books to a group of young listeners to let them know at the end, " well, that one was about eggs the author painted when she was little" or "that story was about when the author's cat died"...etc. Again, interesting facts presented about the author with little time investment, and they are facts that would intrigue a young person perhaps considering a career pursuit. I also enjoyed enlightenment on another artistic process from a different author.… (more)
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Prolific picture-book author Patricia Polacco, whose work is always somewhat autobiographical, turns to actual autobiography in this non-fiction title for younger readers. Fans will be unsurprised, of course, at the many ways in which Polacco's art has intertwined with, and built upon her life experiences, but even they will learn a little something new, and will enjoy seeing photographs of some of the real-life people who have featured in her books.

Firetalking, a title derived from the word Polacco's Ukrainian babushka would use to describe their storytelling sessions, is an engaging and informative autobiography for younger readers, giving them a little insight into the life of a popular artist and author. This is the second entry in the Meet the Author series I have read - the first being Verna Aardema's A Bookworm Who Hatched - and overall, I think it a very worthwhile collection. Recommended to all young Patricia Polacco fans, and to any young student who must write a report on an author.
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LibraryThing member AnneJohnson
Patricia Polacco writes an autobiography of her life in the book, Firetalking. Polacco describes her life and traditions her family had when she was a young girl. She continues on to talk about her life now that she is a grown adult. Polacco describes how she writes and illustrates stories and what a normal day looks like in her life. This was a very interesting book. I did not know it was going to be an autobiography when I first read the title. I liked this book and truly enjoyed learning about her life. One thing I loved was the photographs that were included on each page. Some of the pictures are from her life when she was younger and some are pictures of her now. I thought that was interesting and definitely important to include. Another thing I liked was the way she talked about her friends and family. Polacco says that she incorporates her friends and family in her children’s books. She gave examples of who she included in which book. I thought that was a fun way to allow your audience to get to know you even better. I think it also makes the books better because there are real-life experiences in there that the reader can learn from. The big idea or message in this book was to teach the reader about her life and how far she has come.… (more)
LibraryThing member ccampeaux
this book is about Patricia Polacco's life, from when she was a young girl to her later years. The book talks about her family and her grandparents. This book helped me get to know Polacco better. It also helped me write the bibliography for my author brochure.
LibraryThing member BTPiglet
I read this book as part of an author study on Patricia Polacco. It was a nice to have the background information. It helped to see the connections between her life and her stories, especially since many of her books are stories based on people and events in her life. She has some photographs in this autobiography that show up as illustrations in some of her books. One thing to note is that this book does not have many features of nonfiction text. There is no table of contents, headings, or an index. This makes seeking out specific information somewhat difficult. It's written more as a narrative but it does cover a pretty broad spectrum of information about her life.… (more)
LibraryThing member aloupe
Firetalking is an autobiography about Patricia Polacco, written by Polacco. This is a good information book if you want to introduce an author. This book was helpful in my paper about Patricia Polacco.
LibraryThing member marabie
Once again Patricia Polacco shares an amazing story with readers, her own. Polacco writes about what inspires her, her own life, her family, her books, her illustrations, and more. This book inspires readers to want to read all of Polacco's books.




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