Fiona's Lace

Fiona's Lace

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An Irish family stays together with the help of Fiona's talent for making one-of-a-kind lace in this heartwarming immigration story from the New York Times bestselling creator of The Keeping Quilt .

Many years ago, times were hard in all of Ireland, so when passage to America becomes available, Fiona and her family travel to Chicago. They find work in domestic service to pay back their passage, and at night Fiona turns tangles of thread into a fine, glorious lace. Then when the family is separated, it is the lace that Fiona's parents follow to find her and her sister and bring the family back together. And it is the lace that will always provide Fiona with memories of Ireland and of her mother's words: "In your heart your true home resides, and it will always be with you as long as you remember those you love."

This generational story from the family of Patricia Polacco's Irish father brims with the same warmth and heart as the classic The Keeping Quilt and The Blessing Cup , which Kirkus Reviews called "deeply affecting" in a starred review, and embraces the comfort of family commitment and togetherness that Patricia Polacco's books are known for.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781442487246
Branch Call Number: j PO POLACCO
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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Jan 26, 2019

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 24, 2015

Another superb book by a superb Author. She just has the knack of writing enjoyable and interesting stories.

Dec 16, 2014

What a love of a book! From the textile mills of County Cork in Ireland to the mean tenements of Chicago, Fiona constantly weaves wonderful lace until the day the infamous Chicago fire forces the children to flee.

An accurate historical picture of the hard times of that era, of the Irish immigrants, and of Fiona's ingenious solution to reuniting with her family.

Sep 24, 2014

It is not very often a children's book brings tears to my eyes, but this one did. This is an Irish story. First dad tells the story about how mom's trail of lace led him to her door. Then the story is about how the family had to leave Ireland for America and how poor the conditions were once they arrived. But Fiona, the daughter, has learned how to make fine Irish lace from her mother. She is able to sell it to help her family. But tragedy strikes when fire comes to their town and the children become separated. Fiona uses her mom's idea when their dad courted her. She cuts pieces of the lace and leaves a trail for mom and dad to find them. Inside the back cover is the final story of those pieces of lace and how they were passed down in the family as cherished family keepsakes.

This is a wonderful piece of Irish history. It includes the Irish emigration to America as well as a bit about Irish lace. They talk with an Irish brogue so you get a real sense of their world. This book would be an asset to any classroom for the history piece. It also talks about how the lace was passed down through generations. There is not as much passing down of things anymore. I hope this book inspires this tradition once again.

The illustrations are colorful and detailed. I love how the inside cover shows a piece of Irish lace. Handmade Lace making is also a tradition that I hope grows again.


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