Everyone loves Miss Wichelman’s fifth-grade class–especially best friends Traci and Marilyn. That’s where they learn that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade! They are having a great year until Traci begins to notice some changes in Marilyn. She’s losing weight, and seems tired all the time. She has leukemia–and a tough road of chemotherapy ahead. It is not only Traci and Miss Wichelman who stand up for her, but in a surprising and unexpected turn, the whole fifth-grade class, who figures out a way to say we’re with you.<p>In true Polacco fashion, this book turns lemons into lemonade and celebrates amazing life itself. <p/></p>
What is something you could do if a classmate is battling cancer, to help that classmate feel seen, loved, and courageous?
Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including <i>The Keeping Quilt</i>, <i>The Blessing Cup</i>, <i>Fiona’s Lace</i>, <i>The Trees of the Dancing Goats</i>, <i>Babushka’s Doll</i>, <i>My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother</i>, and <i>Sticks and Stones</i>. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at PatriciaPolacco.com and follow her on Facebook.