Chicken Sunday

written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

A young Russian American girl and her African American "brothers" are determined to buy their gramma Eula a beautiful Easter hat. A loving family story woven from the author's childhood.

Despite the differences in religion, sex, and race, Winston and Stewart Washington are the author's best friends, and she considers their grandmother, Miss Eula, a surrogate since her own "babushka'' died. On Sundays, she often attends Baptist services with her friends, and Miss Eula fixes a sumptuous fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings. The young friends work together to obtain a special hat for Miss Eula for Easter. The energetic illustrations smoothly blend detailed line drawings, impressionistic paintings, primitive felt-marker coloring, and collage work with actual photographs. Vivid color and authentic details enhance this delightful story of childhood friendship and African American and Russian Jewish cultures.