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Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

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
Tags:It's Ok to be Different, Friendship

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Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco


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Patricia just started a new school in Michigan and she is in 206. Little did she, know room 206 would change her life. Her teacher, Mrs. Peterson, looked very scary at first, but Patricia saw a gentleness in her eyes. On the first day of school Mrs. Peterson began reading the dictionary definition of genius, and told everyone in Patricia's class that the definition described each one of them. Welcome to the junkyard. The junkyard kids were made fun of at school for being different, but Mrs. Peterson saw each one of them capable of achieving great things. She made them feel special and they shined. The junkyard class even made pins saying "Junkyard Wonders." Wearing the pins one day on the playground a mean boy came up to Patricia and ripped her pin off. Seeing how upset the class was that they weren't accepted by the other students, Mrs. Peterson took them on an adventure to the junkyard. The junkyard was filled with throwaways that were waiting to be turned into something special. She encouraged the students to collect items that could be made into something new. Patricia and her tribe collected an old plane that was wrecked and discarded. Patricia and her tribe knew they could make it into something wonderful and they did. They worked together to make a beautiful airplane. A classmate said they should name the plane Junkyard Wonders because that plane is them. This classmate passed away and they all decided that Junkyard Wonders was going to be the name of their plane. They launched the plane from the top of the school building on the day of the science fair. Everyone stood their in amazement as the Junkyard Wonder flew higher and higher into the sky. This book was very inspirational. It proved that anything is possible with encouragement and motivation. ( )
  CasieBelaire | Oct 26, 2015 |
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 |
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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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