The Story (From Leah Polacco)
“When we passed Mr. Kodinski’s hat shop, Miss Eula would always stop and look in the window at the wonderful hats. Then she’d sigh and we’d walk on.”
Determined to buy their “gramma” the hat of her dreams in time for Easter, Patricia Polacco and childhood neighbors, Stewart and Winston set out to raise the money. Although “he’s such a strange old man,” they approach Kodinski to see about working odd jobs in exchange for the Easter bonnet, however, before they can inquire, he accuses the children of throwing eggs at his shop. With the help of Patricia’s mother, the three decorate “Pysanky” eggs, in an attempt to prove their innocence. The old man is so impressed that he allows the children to sell their eggs inside his shop, and although they raise enough money to purchase Miss Eula her hat, they end up not having to after all!
Chicken Sunday is a heartwarming tale of friendship, holiday magic, and delicious fried chicken dinners.
After being initiated into a neighbor’s family by a solemn backyard ceremony, a young Russian American girl and her African American brothers’ determine to buy their gramma Eula a beautiful Easter hat. But their good intentions are misunderstood, until they discover just the right way to pay for the hat that Eula’s had her eye on. A loving family story woven from the author’s childhood.