Fiona’s Lace

To finish out the year, we’re catching up on a few of the readings from the Fall 2020 program that we weren’t able to fit in their original scheduled spots.

Amy reads Fiona’s Lace, written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco and published by Paula Wiseman Books.

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.”