Reaching higher: I Can Hear the Sun

Friday, August 4, 2006.

I Can Hear the SunAuthor: Patricia Polacco
Illustrator: Patricia Polacco
Published: 2002 Puffin USA
ISBN: 069811857X

A beautifully written and illustrated story that somehow blends the harsh realities of homelessness, isolation and disability with a magical sense of wonder, friendship and maybe even hope.


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Comment by Tamara Johnson

April 23, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

On the 4th grade reading list for D.C. Public Schools, many of Patricia Polacco’s work is cited numerous times. Although my students have yet to read anything by Ms. Polacco, I was interested in finding out more about this author. I was definitely intrigued by this interview. In the book Mosaic of Thought, Ms. Palacco’s work is often recommended to teach the seven strategies. Although I Can Hear the Sun was not one of the recommended books, I would love to use this book in my class. I find it very hard to find books that my students will be interested in. This book talks about respect, friendship and tolerance/understanding for others–all values that I would like to see some growth in for my students. I didn’t necessarily want a book where the values would be constantly banged against their heads, but something more subtle, and it seems that this book would do just that. I want my students to become compassionate members of society and it seems (from the interview) that Ms. Polacco has the ability to do that through her work.

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