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Thank You, Mr. Falker

by Patricia Polacco

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At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.
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The autobiography of Patricia’s journey to literacy with dyslexia. ( )
  smabile | Jun 8, 2021 |
The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. A perfect gift for teachers and for reading students of any age. ( )
  VictorTran | Apr 13, 2021 |
Source: Children's Books in Children's Hands
Age Range: 7-10
Evaluation of Quality: The illustrations beautifully portray complex emotions, such as stifled tears, on the characters' faces.
Assessment of Potential Use: This book can be used for story time in class to help explain dyslexia and differences in learning abilities.
Assessment of Appeal to Children: Children who struggle in school will feel encouraged by Trisha's persistence and her teachers' dedication to helping her learn.
  TAndrewH | Nov 21, 2020 |
Thank You, Mr. Falker was written by Patricia Polacco, this book is a super cute book. This book has won several awards just to name a few would be a Gold Award (1999) and Story Book Award (1998). This book is centered around a little girl named Trisha, and she wanted to learn how to read more than anything. (compound) However, each and every year she continued to fail to learn, her teachers weren't helping her, just passing her from one grade to the next, until she got to fifth grade, with Mr. Falker. Mr. Falker was different than her teachers in the past, he thought Trisha was brilliant, he loved her drawings. He also helped her with words and letters and sounding them out. I would say the intended audience would be 3-6 graders. I feel like this book is a good reminder to treat others how you want to be treated, and to not make fun of other people. (compound) I would probably teach a lesson of theme with this book.

3rd grade tek:
(8) Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--literary elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse literary texts. The student is expected to:

(A) infer the theme of a work, distinguishing theme from topic;

(B) explain the relationships among the major and minor characters;

(C) analyze plot elements, including the sequence of events, the conflict , and the resolution; and

(D) explain the influence of the setting on the plot.

4th grade tek:
(8) Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--literary elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse literary texts. The student is expected to:

(A) infer basic themes supported by text evidence;

(B) explain the interactions of the characters and the changes they undergo;

(C) analyze plot elements, including the rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; and

(D) explain the influence of the setting, including historical and cultural settings, on the plot.

5th grade tek:
(8) Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--literary elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse literary texts. The student is expected to:

(A) infer multiple themes within a text using text evidence;

(B) analyze the relationships of and conflicts among the characters;

(C) analyze plot elements, including rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; and

(D) analyze the influence of the setting, including historical and cultural settings, on the plot.

6th grade tek:
(7) Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--literary elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse literary texts. The student is expected to:

(A) infer multiple themes within and across texts using text evidence;

(B) analyze how the characters' internal and external responses develop the plot;

(C) analyze plot elements, including rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and non-linear elements such as flashback; and

(D) analyze how the setting, including historical and cultural settings, influences character and plot development. ( )
  atf009 | Nov 20, 2020 |
Thank You, Mr. Falker is a story about a young girl named Trisha who seems to be having a lot of trouble reading in her class. After years of trying and having her classmates tease her for it, she begins school in a new place, with all new teachers. She meets Mr. Falker, who actually takes the time to get to know her. Since her trouble with reading followed her into her new school, Mr. Falker wanted to get to the bottom of why her reading is not improving. Mr. Falker concludes that Trisha has dyslexia, and gets her the help that she needed all along. Trisha remembers this from Mr. Falker and is very grateful that he took the time to help her, and know her. This book teaches a great lesson on percervierance. It also provides hope, for any student that may feel like they fall behind or feel like there is something wrong with learning disabilities. Trisha goes on to succeed academically, with the help of Mr. Falker and other teachers. ( )
  kaylc05 | Nov 20, 2020 |
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CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1998)
Before she started school, Trisha looked forward to learning how to read more than anything else. But in first grade, when all her classmates are learning to read, she finds that she can't. Each year her problem gets worse and worse and, although she struggles to keep it a secret, she begins to think of herself as stupid and ugly. It isn't until Trisha is in fifth grade that she has a teacher who discovers her secret and helps her learn to read. An autobiographical story shows the frustration and determination of child who's different, and offers a tender portrait of the real-life teacher who made a difference in her life. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children. 1998, Philomel, 40 pages, $16.99. Ages 6-10.

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Hazel Rochman (Booklist, May 1, 1998 (Vol. 94, No. 17))
Like many of Polacco's picture-book stories, this one is autobiographical. Who would believe that this gifted storyteller had started off with a serious learning disability? From kindergarten on, Trisha gets attention because she can draw; but she hides the fact that she can't read--all she sees on the page are "wiggling shapes" --until her fifth-grade teacher discovers Trisha's problem, gets her special help, and sets her free. "That little girl was me," Polacco says in a final note. As always she tells the story with intense emotion: no understatement here; reading is "torture." The big line-and-watercolor illustrations are bright with color and theatrical gesture, expressing the child's happiness with her grandparents in a family of readers, her fear and loneliness in the classroom ("she hated hated hated school"), her anguish when the kids jeer at her in the schoolyard, and her joy when finally she reads the words on the page ("she was happy, so very happy"). Trisha isn't idealized: we see her messy and desperate, poring over her books. This will encourage the child who feels like a failure and the teacher who cares. Category: For the Young. 1998, Putnam/Philomel, $15.99. Ages 5-9.

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To George Felker, the real Mr. Falker.
You will forever be my hero.
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The grandpa held the jar of honey so that all the family could see, then dipped a ladle into it and drizzled honey on the cover of a small book.
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The honey is sweet, and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee who made the honey, it has to be chased through the pages of a book!
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At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

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Thank You, Mr. Falker is an inspiring story about a little girl named Trisha, who is also a depiction of the author of the story, Patricia Polacco, who overcomes her reading challenges in school with the encouragement, care, and concern of one of her teachers, Mr. Falker, who shows how a teacher can make a different in the life of a child. Extensions: overcoming challenges, universal social problems
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