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Junkyard Wonders (edition 2010)

by Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)

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Title:Junkyard Wonders
Authors:Patricia Polacco
Other authors:Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
Info:Philomel (2010), Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:It's Ok to be Different, Friendship

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Trisha was excited to go to a new school where no one would know that she has a learning disability. At her old school, kids would call her dumb and make fun of her because she's slow learner. When Trisha learned that she was placed in a special education class, she was very disappointed. She noticed that all the kids in her class are quite odd and different. The other kids in the school were calling them the junkyard. One day their teacher,Mrs. Peterson, asked them to define the meaning of genius because it is the definition that describes them all. She wanted them to know that they're special in their own way. Mrs. Peterson showed them that a junkyard is a place full of wonderful possibilities. The things that people no longer wanted can be made into something new and amazing. ( )
  tramtran | May 1, 2015 |
When I first picked up this book I was doing a unit on invention and looking to find a book for my lesson on "artistic invention"... the students had to use what they had (junk) and invent art. The title immediately caught my eye, but obviously you can't judge a book by its cover. The use of the term "junkyard" in this book kind of stung initially. I couldn't believe that a school of kids with needs/differences was referred to as the junkyard. As I continued to read I realized that this was essentially a book praising teachers--they can take kids out of a junkyard and help them realize their potential. This book could be used as a teaching tool for students for a variety of reasons, but I think it is an incredibly beneficial teaching tool for teachers. We all need to remember that no child is too far gone and every child has potential. ( )
  kitbraddick | Apr 30, 2015 |
Story is based on true events from the others life. Great read for teachers and students about unity amongst each other.Definitely a recommended book to all teachers! Great author! ( )
  hart0521 | Apr 15, 2015 |
3.5 stars in my own personal opinion. I love how this is a true story - a memoir. So not only can children learn the message of hope and joy and appreciation of everyone's contributions, they can learn one way how to read & write a memoir. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
The Junkyard Wonders is based on real life events that transpired in Patrcia Polacco's life. After moving with her father, Tricia transferred to another school for a year. She thought she'd have the opportunity to go to a school with a clean slate because no one would know of her disability and that she wouldn't be in a special needs class. However, she was wrong and enters a classroom know as "the junkyard." Tricia's class is made up of kids with different disabilities who are teased. But with the help of her teacher Mrs, Peterson, Tricia learns how to embrace her disability and form meaningful friendships. This book is an excellent story for children of all ages and can be used to test children's reading comprehension. ( )
  jwesley | Apr 1, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399250786, Hardcover)

When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as ?The Junkyard,? she is devastated. She moved from her old town so she wouldn?t be in a special class anymore! But then she meets her teacher, the quirky and invincible Mrs. Peterson, and her classmates, an oddly brilliant group of students each with his or her own unique talent. And it is here in The Junkyard that Trisha learns the true meaning of genius, and that this group of misfits are, in fact, wonders, all of them.

Based on a real-life event in Patricia Polacco?s childhood, this ode to teachers will inspire all readers to find their inner genius.

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Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders."

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