Made in China. Written and illustrated in Union City, Michigan.
Made by Patricia Polacco.
Made of illustrations rendered in pencils and markers and a story based on the life of beloved artist Patricia Polacco's own amazing grandmother.
Patricia Polacco is the author and illustrator of over 60 picture books. She lives in Union City, Michigan, where she enjoys speaking to the many children who come to visit her and the famous meteor, the subject of one of her best known stories.
Young Stella loves books so much they take over the farmhouse. "Why, Stell, you need your own library to hold those books," her pa tells her, so he and the neighbors build her one! She calls it the Mermaid's Purse. Stella invites all her neighbors to share her books, and in time everyone loves the Mermaid's Purse, even Pig Ears Lonsberry and farmer Dunkle. So when a tornado destroys it, scattering Stella's precious books far and wide, the whole community rallies to help.