Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I Can Hear the Sun
Author & Illustrator: Patricia Polacco
Publication Year: 1996
Location: Personal Collection
Awards: Author/illustrator study Patricia Polacco
Summary: This is a story of homeless people who gather at a nature preserve in Oakland, California, and Stephanie Michele who is the keeper of the animals there. An orphan named Fondo meets her and helps her take care of the a blind goose. He is happy coming there each day until he finds out that he's being send to a special-needs placement. And then the story takes it's mythic turn: With the blind goose leading them, Fondo flies off with the wild geese. Patricia Polacco blurs the lines between reality and fantasy in this self-named "modern myth."
Classroom Ideas: It would be interesting to discuss theme with this story, along with homelessness.