Patricia Barber Polacco (born July 11, 1944, Lansing, Michigan) is an American author and illustrator.
She struggled in school because she was unable to read until age 14 due to dyslexia; she found relief by expressing herself through art. Polacco endured teasing and hid her disability until a school teacher recognized that she could not read and began to help her. Her book Thank You, Mr. Falker is Polacco's retelling of this encounter and its outcome. She also wrote such books as Mr. Lincoln's Way and The Lemonade Club.
Her family is of Russian and Ukrainian descent on one side and Irish on the other.
Her early years were spent at her grandmother's farm in Union City, Michigan, the setting for many of her published stories. She now resides on another farm in Union City, originally called The Plantation. Although her grandmother died in 1949, when Polacco was only 5, she appears in several of Polacco's books...
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