The Mermaid's Purse
Patricia Polacco (www.patriciapolacco.com) is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of over sixty picture books. She visits as many as two hundred classrooms in a single year, not only speaking but listening to the hundreds of children she meets. Grateful for what teachers have done for her, she is also a popular keynote speaker celebrating teachers everywhere. Patricia lives in Union City, Michigan, where she enjoys speaking to the myriad children who come to visit her and the famous meteor, the object of one of her best-known stories.