Patricia McKissack

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Patricia McKissack

Illustrator: Jerry PinkneyGoin' Someplace Special, The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, and Mirandy and Brother Wind- Type: Picture Storybook - Style: Representational- Media: Watercolor - Color: Differentiates subjects by color, to make them stand out from the background. Ex.: Goin' Someplace Special- 'Tricia Ann is vibrant, background is muted. Mirandy and Brother Wind - Brother Wind is pastel against a rich, colorful background. - Style: His use of realistic watercolor sets Pinkney apart. This artistic approach is unusual in children's books, as shown through the 4 Caldecott Awards won through his work Illustrator: Kyrsten BrookerPrecious and the Boo Hag- Type: Postmodern picturebook/Mother Goose Story- Style: Naive - Media: Mixed Media (Graphic and Painterly) - Line/Shape: Utilizes diagonal lines and disproportionate figures to create a sense of unease, of tension. - Framing: Ground the reader from the frightening "Boo Hag". Ex.: Precious is protected from the Boo Hag by a window. - Style: Unique use of a multitude of medias makes Brooker's work easily identifiable. Pictures directly relate to the text, stirring the imagination of the reader.

Patricia C. McKissack

I selected Patricia McKissack as my mentor text author, because I felt that her works encompassed many – if not all – of the features necessary for a piece of high quality literature. Her books are inspirational, relatable, accurate, and effective in teaching children the value of histories that are, many times, not their own. McKissack’s work appealed to me because it was unlike any other I had seen before. Throughout the majority of her books, she manages to intertwine personal experience with history, creating a believable, encouraging read for all ages. McKissack explores segregation through her own memory of life during the 1950’s in Goin’ Someplace Special, the Great Depression through the eyes of child at Christmas in The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, and the traditions deeply rooted in African American culture in Mirandy and Brother Wind. In doing so, she introduces the past to the present, and makes the events that happened then, more tangible and accessible than ever before. I believe that Patricia McKissack would appeal to students because she offers a point of view, in terms of historical events. History is made more approachable to children who might have once found it stale, distant, and tedious, through the use of endearing, relatable characters. Though the readers may be of a different race or culture than the subject, children are able to “look through the window” of the subject(s), to empathize and identify with the characters. In essence, McKissack’s books offer both a lesson on both history and empathy, for children in the present, as well as those in the future.


• McKissack was born on August 9th, 1944 in Smyrna, Tennessee• Her love for writing was sparked by her poetry loving mother, and her grandparents, who read to her often.• McKissack received a degree in English from Tennessee State University, and taught middle school English until she decided to solely pursue her passion for writing in 1975 • She wrote mainly fiction and non-fiction books, aimed at introducing children to African American history, including many of the accompanying historical figures.


• Third Grade – Utilize historical fiction, illustrated children’s books as accompanying texts to a history lesson. For example, during a civil rights lesson, the teacher could read Goin’ Someplace Special. This book could be used to generate a discussion of the freedoms that were denied certain groups in the past, and how our country has (or has not) addressed it. • Fourth Grade – Read The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll or Mirandy and Brother Wind to the students. Introduce a Creative Writing lesson by having the children write a continuation of the story. Have them read their work aloud to the class, if they so choose, and encourage the classroom’s positive, helpful feedback. • Kindergarten – Read Precious and the Boo Hag to the students. Follow up with a lesson about “Stranger Danger”.

Incorporating Patricia McKissack's Works into the Classroom

Patricia McKissack qualifies as a tremendous mentor text author, because her works encompass many – if not all – of the features necessary for a piece of high quality literature. Her books are inspirational, relatable, accurate, and effective in teaching children the value of histories that are, many times, not their own. I felt that one of Mckissack's most notable writing strengths, that students should attempt to emulate, would be her ability to depict characters honestly and without bias or preconceptions. For example, she has the ability to mirror colloquial conversation common in the south accurately and effectively, without exaggeration, adding to the authenticity of the piece. This strength is evident in Goin' Someplace Special, Mirandy and Brother Wind, The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, and Precious and Boo Hag.Goin' Someplace Special: - Elicits an emotional response (Arrival to the Library, her "special place")- Opens windows to a diversity of viewpoints (Both sides of segregation)- Provides a voice for those generally not heard ('Tricia's experience with segregation)The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll- Elicits an emotional response (Laura's decision to share her doll)- Opens windows to a diversity of viewpoints (Depression's effect on blacks)- Provides a voice for those generally not heard (Laura, a child)Mirandy and Brother Wind- Elicits an emotional response (Mirandy capturing Brother WInd/Winning the cakewalk)- Opens windows to a diversity of viewpoints (Cultural belief/events of African Americans)- Encourages readers to use their imaginations (Brother Wind's existence)Precious and the Boo Hag- Elicits an emotional response (Precious' courage to resist the Boo Hag)- Encourages readers to use their imaginations (Boo Hag's existence)

“… [I’m] not a black writer, but rather a writer who happens to be black – I write for children of all races.”

The Texts



- Patricia C. McKissack's Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved March 8, 2015, from Patricia McKissack. (2015, February 3). Retrieved March 8, 2015, from - Perrenoud, L. (2003, October 23). Biography For Patricia McKissack. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from - McKissack, P., ' Pinkney, J. (2001). Goin' someplace special. New York, New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. - McKissack, P., ' Pinkney, J. (2007). The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas doll. New York, New York: Schwartz ' Wade Books. - McKissack, P., Pinkney, J., ' Knopf, I. (1988). Mirandy and Brother Wind. New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf. - McKissack, P., ' Moss, O. (2005). Precious and the Boo Hag. New York, New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.


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