“The book Pink and Say is about two young boys in the midst of the Civil War. Say was shot in the leg and left for dead until Pink came and helped him up. He took Say into his home where his mother helped them until her untimely death. After she died, the two boys set out again to get back into the war when they were stopped and separated. Unfortunately Pink was killed and Say was thrown into jail and starved to death. I think this book is illustrated very well and helps tell the story. I like that this book is a little morbid but it is a tale of events that could have happened. I would recommend this story for children in second to third grade. I would use this book to talk about the injustices in history and the civil war. I would also use this book to talk about slavery.”Cassia wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Grade: 2nd Grade
Summary: During the Revolutionary War, Sheldon was very injured and Pinkus found him and carried him home. This book brings up the issues of the different segments og troops, troops with African Americans, troops with whites, and how they were treated differently. Pinkus’ family helped nurse Sheldron back to health while teaching him about their culture. The hid so they wouldn’t have to go back to war and Pinkus’ mom and others got killed protecting them. They eventually were found and were put in jail. Sheldon was released but Pinkus was not.
Review: I liked this book and the point of view it gave the reader of the revolutionary way. I think it showed the dangers of war and what happened if you hid so you didn’t have to go back. It had very sad parts but it might be good for some students to read and know about.
Uses: Teach Vocabulary
Teach about friendships and cultures
-Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco is a story about two Union soldiers during the Civil War. Pinkus "Pink" is an African American boy who finds an injured Sheldon "Say" in the meadow by his home. He takes him home to his mother, Moe Moe Bay, and she nurses Say back to health. Pink is determined to return to his company and continue to fight in the war, while Say declares he is a deserted and does not want to return. After Moe Moe Bay is killed by Marauders, Pink and Say both return to the war. They are captured by Confederate Soldiers and taken to the camp at Andersonville. They are never reunited and Pink does not make it out of the camp. Say lives to tell his story to his children and his children's children and the story lives on through them.
-This story pulled at my heartstrings and made me think what a horrible time in our history this was. The heartfelt story line and the emotions both boys showed brought a new take to the Civil War. The courage and bravery Say finds after the death of Moe Moe Bay is inspiring.
-Genre: Historical Fiction
-DRA level 40; Lexile level 600L; Interest level Grade 3; Grade level equivalent 4.9; Guided reading level S. ”
“ Awards- N/A
Appropriate grade level- 2nd-3rd grade
Summary/review- This story takes place during the Civil War of the United States. It is a story about an interracial friendship that was formed between two soldiers in a very dark time. Pink and Say are both soldiers that meet during the war after being forced to join the army. When Say is wounded, Pink brings him to his mother's house until he recovers. Although the story is about friendship, the underlying message about war is very dark and real. After Pink's mother is caught caring for soldiers in her home, she is killed. Pink and Say are captured by the Confederate army and separated in prison. The ending is not a happy one, as Pink is hanged and Say lives a painful life imprisoned. I am not sure if I would share this with a class, simply because it is such a dark message. It depicts the true feelings of war, however, and I believe that is important to understand.
Uses in the classroom: -Identify main events -Write about the main events of the Civil War -Write about how reading the story made them feel about war”
“Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco; published by Philomel books; New York; copyright 1994.
1. Awards this book has won: This book did not receive any awards.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in third through fifth grade.
3. Summary: This book is about Pink, a black boy, and Say, a white boy, who are forced to fight in the civil war. Pink and Say are good friends that met after a battle in the civil war. Pink found Say injured and he helped him by taking him to his mother’s house until Say felt better again. When the two boys were ready to return to the war, Pink’s mother was killed because the enemy found out that she was hiding soldiers in her house. Later in the story, Pink and Say were captured and were brought to prison by the Confederate Army. The two boys were separated from one another and Pink was hung while Say survived.
Review: This was a very sad book that reflected the civil war in an accurate way. The illustrations and language used in the book are too graphic for really young children. The illustrator shows wounds that the men received and other images that are violent. Although it is violent, it is an accurate depiction of something that would have occurred during the civil war. I enjoyed this book because it shows how life really was during that time period. Although this book is fictional, it shows real events in a way that would have happened. I would use this book in a classroom with older children because it will show the children about the civil war and the cruelties that occurred during that time.
4. Uses in the classroom:
• Identify the main events of the story.
• Sequence the events in the correct order.
• Think/pair/share about the events that occurred throughout the book.
• Discuss the civil war.
• Create a timeline about the events that occurred throughout the civil war.
• Write about why you think friendship is important.
• As a class, discuss the vocabulary words that the children did not understand. They will write the definitions in their notebook.
• Geography lesson about where the confederate states were located and where the union states were located.
• Draw a picture about how you think the civil war looked like. Make sure to include confederate and union soldiers in your picture.
• Discuss slavery. Write about how you feel about slavery.
• Create journal entries as if you are a soldier during the civil war.
• Write about what you thought about the book.
“Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco, is a powerful story about two young men and their interracial friendship during the Civil War. Say, a poor white soldier, is wounded when Pink comes along to carry him to rescue. Pink takes Say back to his home in Michigan where his mother nurses him back to health. The boys are finally safe and begin to learn something from one another. Before the boys can get ready to leave, marauders invade Pink’s home and kill his mother. The boys are soon captured and taken to Andersonville prison. Upon arrival, they were pulled from each other, Pink was hanged and Say lived through prison and life after. This true-story is able to be told because Say passed on the story of Pink through generations of his family in order to honor and remember him. I think the illustrations of this story capture the wartime very well. I love how Patricia captured the delicate moments of how the friendship developed as the story unfolded. This story is a great way to tell a child’s perspective during the Civil War time and the hardship they faced.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Levels: Interest Grades 3-5; Lexile 600L; DRA n/a; Grade Level Equivalent 4.9; Guided Reading S (Scholastic.com)
“Pink in Say is a historical fiction book that could be used for grades 5-6. I love the history aspect of the book. The author also created the book in effort to pass the story on from generation to generation. The illustrations were creative and had a vivid affect and the story was touching. ”Denise Miller wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is such a touching book in memory Sheldon Curtis. It is a great historical book based on the story of Sheldon Curtis and Pinkus Aylee. Pink helps save Sheldon after he has been shot fighting for the Union in the Civil war. Pink find Sheldon alone and takes him back to his mother's home. Pink and Sheldon become like family and share a bond. The end is very true to how most civil war soldiers' stories end... not so happy. It would be a great book to teach 6th grade about the Civil war and the different imprisonment camps there were on the confederate side.”Lexi G wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“5th grade”loriell mills wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pinkus Aylee (Pink) and Sheldon Russell Curtis (Say) were part of the Union army during the Civil War. This story is told from Say's point of view. Pink finds Say in a field, injured. He carries him all the way back home where his mother, Moe Moe Bay, nurses him back to health. Pink knows they can't stay there for long because they will put his mother in danger. Pink and Say become like family. When Pink and Say are on their way back to the Union army, marauders come to the house. Moe Moe Bay hides the boys in the cellar. When they come out she has been killed. They leave and are captured by the Confederate army and taken to Andersonville, where one of the Confederate camps are. Once inside the camp they are separated and Pink and Say never see each other again. This story has been passed down through the lineage of Say. The images are watercolor and pencil. They depict what the words are telling us about the story. I would use this in a classroom to discuss that friendship knows no color and we are all equal.”LTamis wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No