Fiona's Lace Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-10 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 35 user ratings

"Imagine having a piece of lace your great, great grandmother made. Imagine that lace survived the Great Chicago Fire and contributed to the survival of your family. Patricia Polacco has such a piece of lace, and she shares it with readers in her book, Fiona's Lace. Along with the lace, she shares the story of immigrants, specifically Irish immigrants, and their hardships in coming to America and learning to survive, and thrive, in the New World. What could have been a gloomy story is lightened by the love Fiona's mother and father have for each other and for their children. The girl's request to hear the story of how their mother and father met and fell in love is sweet. As always, Polacco's illustrations are great. " said.

"Fiona's lace by Patricia Polacco is an Irish story and gives details of the Irish history. The story is about how the family had to leave Ireland due to poor conditions and go to America. Fiona learns how to make Irish lace and is able to sell the lace to make money and help her family. A fire separates the family while in America. Fiona remembers how her mom lead her dad to their door with a trail of lace and does the same so her family can find her and the other children. The lace resembles a lot to the Irish and is passed down for generations. This is a beautiful story to show people why the Lace means so much to the Irish. I think think this would be a great book for a child who is Irish descent and wants to know more about their culture and ancestors. 4/5 stars for me! " said.

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"Fiona's Lace" begins in Ireland and this is where Fiona's Mother teaches her how to be a fine lace maker. After her father's mill shuts down Fiona's family embarks on a journey to America.
They settle in Chicago and Fiona learns about the different levels of society and the challenges of being an immigrant. Her lace, which represents her heritage, helps her in her job and even leads her back to her family. The pictures show the emotions of the characters and the destruction caused by the Great Chicago Fire. It also provides beautiful pictures of the lace for students who may not .

I would recommend this for students in grades three or higher. There is quite a bit of text on each page and the vocabulary is third grade level or higher. This story would fit nicely near the end of an immigration unit or a unit on Chicago.
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"For two consecutive years, I've chosen to read this aloud to my class on St. Patrick's Day. Please note, this is a lengthy read aloud and needs to be told expressively to grasp younger students from start to finish. The message inside is awesome!

It connects to the holiday in that it offers some background on Irish culture. The idea of an Irish-American can be picked up here - to early traces in large American cities such as Chicago. A tale of immigration can be taught and picked up on here, and how it worked for the family and country. This also includes a very strong female character. I love presenting a variety of books to my students, and strong female character leads - not princesses or accomplices - are essential for my class library. This fits a lot of current checklists, so I'll decide to connect and share this one again next year!
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"Although this book of Patricia's didn't sing to me as past books of hers, the illustrations and story were still wonderful. The story is one of Patricia's great-great-grandmother, Fiona, a master at creating beautiful,intricate lace. It is expected that when she is old enough she will work in the mill in the small village in Ireland, where they live, but the mill closes, leaving many Irish families desperate for a way to live. When the opportunity arrives for she and her sister and parents to go to Chicago, Illinois, her parents as indentured servants, they find life in the US is not the streets of gold they were expecting. Although the parents have jobs, those jobs only pay to work off the debt of the passage and rent on the two room apartment where they live. It is Fiona's lace that allows them the hope that they may one day find their dream of owning a farm in Michigan come true, but all that is threatened during the great fire of Chicago." said.

" Patricia Polacco tells the story of a piece of lace and how it knits a family together throughout their life in Limerick, Ireland and their immigration to America and life there. Richly illustrated, Polacco traces the family through their new life in America and historical events. (view spoiler)[ At the end we learn that this is the true story of Patricia Polacco's ancestors. (hide spoiler)] Beautiful story of lace and family. " said.

" I just wish Polacco were a better illustrator. Her faces (of kids especially) look creepy. " said.

"A gorgeous Patricia Polacco picture book which tells the story of her relatives as they made their way, many years ago, to Chicago from Ireland, looking for a better way of life and leaving behind the green, lush land they called home. As immigrants in a new, foreign land, Fiona and her parents and sister, realize that it was not all that was promised.

But, even when disaster stuck, they knew they had what was most important, family, health, and a good work ethic. Fiona's Lace is full of imagery and historical references. A great book for St. Patrick's Day and Irish traditions.
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