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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paula Wiseman Books
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442450479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442450479
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-4–This book is a prequel to The Keeping Quilt (S & S, 1988), but readers do not need to have read the first book to enjoy it. The entrancing charcoal illustrations soften the bittersweet story and will delight young readers as they follow the brightly colored “Blessing Cup” through pages of black and white. Polacco tells an autobiographical story, tracing the origins of a special teacup from the hands of her great-grandmother in Russia to the possession of her own children today. In telling the story of the cup, the author touches on the plight of Jewish people in Russia during the early 1900s, bringing to light the terror of the pogroms as seen through the eyes of Polacco's great-grandmother as a girl. The importance of family is the underlying message of the book; it will be best delivered by an adult who can explain some of the history that drives the action. Polacco's touching yet restrained storytelling, paired with her evocative illustrations, makes The Blessing Cup an excellent addition to any collection.–Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

This prequel to The Keeping Quilt (1988) recounts the story of great-grandmother Anna’s childhood exodus from czarist Russia to America. The family brings along a precious tea set (“Anyone who drinks from it has a blessing from God”), hoping it will bring them good luck. When Papa falls ill from cold and exhaustion, a kindly doctor takes them in, nursing Papa back to health and eventually buying the whole family passage to America. In gratitude, they give him the tea set, keeping only one “blessing cup” for themselves. Polacco is a master storyteller, and this heartwarming tale of hardship and the importance of family does not disappoint. The charcoal illustrations are accented with splashes of vibrant color that allow readers to follow the tea set and Anna’s babushka along the journey. An afterword explains how the real cup broke in half during the 1989 California earthquake, enabling Polacco to pass along a part of this heirloom to both of her children. This tale stands alone, but fans will cherish this addition to the Polacco canon. Grades 1-3. --Kay Weisman

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We tear up every time we read it.
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I love to read it my 3rd grade class at Thanksgiving time.
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I gave this book to my granddaughter for Christmas.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Flack on October 12, 2013
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Patricia Polacco may not have won any of the "Nobel" prizes in the field of children's literature, but her books always matter and they touch the heart. She is on a one-person crusade to help children appreciate their heritage and to be loving, tolerant, and kind to everyone. She succeeds 100 percent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TK on February 7, 2014
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This is a beautifully illustrated and written book. I would recommend it as a picture book for mature children and adults too. I have a 5 year old granddaughter but I think she will appreciated it in a couple more years. It is a good story about life struggles, family, and traditions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By QuiltLover on August 29, 2013
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Patricia Polacco continues to write from her heart. I love her artistry and this book is a great addition to my collection of her books. It is a companion to The Keeping Quilt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By james e sahli on November 6, 2013
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There isn't a Patricia Polacco we don't love! Always a great book with lots of meaning, sometimes for both child and parent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff L Spencer on September 2, 2013
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Wonderful companion to the keeping quilt. So glad I have it. I cried when I first read it, and think it would be great t
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Groves on November 1, 2013
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It's Patricia Polacco, what's not to love? Great way to share heritage, talk about history and share a joyous tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2014
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Patricia Polacco is in her element writing about her ancestors, the pogroms, and how a tea set has blessed her family through the last century. A wonderful teaching tool for parents, educators, and storytellers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Purdy on April 13, 2014
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Used this for our children's Sunday story time in worship. They loved it. One in the congregation plans to combine the book with a teacup for a bridal shower. This is a beautiful story with a beautiful message.
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Born Patricia Ann Barber in Lansing, Michigan, to parents of Russian and Ukrainian descent on one side and Irish on the other, Patricia Polacco grew up in both California and Michigan. Her school year was spent in Oakland, California, and summers in her beloved Michigan. She describes her family members as marvelous storytellers. "My fondest memories are of sitting around a stove or open fire, eating apples and popping corn while listening to the old ones tell glorious stories about their homeland and the past. We are tenacious traditionalists and sentimentalists.... With each retelling our stories gain a little more Umph!"Studying in the United States and Australia, Patricia Polacco has earned an M.F.A. and a Ph. D. in art history, specializing in Russian and Greek painting, and iconographic history. She is a museum consultant on the restoration of icons. As a participant in many citizen exchange programs for writers and illustrators, Patricia Polacco has traveled extensively in Russia as well as other former Soviet republics. She continues to support programs that encourage Russo-American friendships and understanding. She is also deeply involved in inner-city projects here in the U.S. that promote the peaceful resolution of conflict and encourage art and literacy programs.The mother of a grown son and a daughter, Patricia Polacco currently resides in Michigan, where she has a glorious old farm that was built during the time of Lincoln.

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