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 Blessing cup
 Author: Polacco, Patricia


 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [38] p., col. ill., 23 x 27 cm.

 BTSB No: 723303 ISBN: 9781442450479
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Subjects:
 Drinking cups -- Fiction
 Jews -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Summary:
A single china cup from a tea set left behind when Jews were forced to leave Russia helps hold a family together through generations of living in America, reminding them of the most important things in life.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 160746
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 60257

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/13)
   School Library Journal (08/01/13)
   Booklist (10/01/13)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/13)
 The Hornbook (00/09/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2013 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 City - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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