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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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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 |
Tricia is starting a new school, hoping that it will be different from her last school where her classmates called her dumb. Tricia finds herself in a special needs class, but it is not the typical special education class, it is called the Junkyard. Mrs. Peterson is not the typical teacher either, on the first day of school she tells Tricia and her classmates that they need to memorize the definition of genius because that describes each of them. Tricia is upset when her friends from the neighborhood won't hang out with her, but soon makes friends with her Junkyard classmates. Each student in the class is different, one student has Tourette's, one has diabetes, one doesn't talk, and another has a disease that makes him grow too fast. The students also all learn that despite their disabilities, they are all smart and creative in their own ways, and not even being bullied by the other school children will stop them from striving for success. Each student has different talents, some can write poetry, others can draw, or even build things. Together as a class, they overcome their classmate Jody's death, by flying an airplane they built out of scraps from an actual junkyard in his honor.
This is my absolute favorite book I have read this semester. Not only does it show that anyone can overcome bullying and a disability, but it shows just how powerful and influential a teacher can be to a class of students. Mrs. Peterson constantly helps her students not just learn, but succeed at overcoming their disabilities and fears in life. It was clear from Patricia Polacco's dedication at the end of the book as well as the beginning, that Mrs. Peterson truly made a great impact on her life and that is something I strive for with my future students. ( )
  SMLawrence | Dec 1, 2014 |
This is another book by Polacco that I read. I had no idea that this was a "sequal" to Thank You, Mr. Falker, which I really loved. This book continues Tricia's story when she moves back to California and has to go to a different school. She is put into a classroom with students with different types of disabilities. The teacher in this class calls this room "The Junkyard," where beautiful things could be found, one just has to look.

I absolutely loved this book just like Thank You, Mr. Falker. This book shows that the power of friendship can overcome anything, bullies, teachers, peers. I really liked that the teacher in this book helped the students to believe in themselves and see that they are special in a good way. Polacco's illustrations are also incredible. They are beautiful and heart warming at the same time.

This is a truly memorable book about children who have disabilities who learn to believe in themselves and that they are special in a good way. Polacco definitely has a way of creating a story that sticks with the reader long after the book is finsished. ( )
  sreinh2 | Nov 25, 2014 |
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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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