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An old family tale

Fiona's Lace

Title: Fiona's Lace
By: Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco is a wonderful storyteller, and a good number of her books are about her family. This is the story of her great-great-grandmother, Fiona, who as a young girl came over from Ireland along with her mother, father, and younger sister Ailiah to start a new life in Chicago. They went from being a farming family to (as did many immigrants who settled in America) working as domestics in wealthy people’s homes. Fiona’s mother was highly skilled in lacemaking, and taught her daughter how to make beautiful quality lace. Fiona started making lace to sell in stores and help support her family. When the 1871 Great Fire engulfed a large area of Chicago, Fiona and her sister were alone at home. They had to run for their lives, but wanted to make sure their parents know where to find them. The lace Fiona was making for a client plays an important part in this story's happy ending.

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Posted by websterp on Oct. 8, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.


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