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Thank You, Mr. Falker (edition 2012)

by Patricia Polacco (Author)

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Title:Thank You, Mr. Falker
Authors:Patricia Polacco (Author)
Info:Philomel Books (2012), Edition: Gift, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Bibliotherapy

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Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

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Genre: Realistic Fiction
Summary: This book was about a little girl who had trouble with reading and writing. Finally she has a teacher who realizes she has dyslexia and help her get to her fullest potential. He encourages her to overcome her reading disability. This is realistic fiction because so many students have dyslexia.
Use in classroom: This would be a good book to use in the classroom with students who are struggling because it gives them hope that they can overcome what they are struggling with.
Age Appropriateness: primary or intermediate ( )
  mdalbeck15 | Apr 8, 2017 |
Media: Pencil and marker
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate, middle school
Review/ Critique: This was a great book about the main character Trisha growing up and struggling to read. She was bullied because she did not have the skill set her classmates did, but with time and the right teacher; Mr. Falker, Trisha learned to read. This story was based of real life events in Patricia Polacco's childhood.
  jdehowitt15 | Apr 3, 2017 |
This story is about a little girl, name Trisha, she was a student of Mr Falker . Trisha was a girl, wh has a dylexia and her teacher enciurage her all the time, to overcome her reading disability. Mr. Falkes was a teacher , who made the difference tin the life of this little girl.
  pilarmorenoruiz | Mar 21, 2017 |
A book about dyslexia. This book encourages reaching out for help in hard times. Also this book can be good for bullying and how to over come bullying. ( )
  ambermescott | Mar 21, 2017 |
Elementary
  SteppLibrary | Mar 20, 2017 |
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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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This inspiring story shares Polacco's experiences as a child who struggles with reading and is marginalized and teased because of it. Mr. Falker is the teacher who helped Trisha overcome her reading challenges. The encouragement, care, and concern this teacher showed is heartwarming and demonstrates how a teacher can make a different in the life of a child.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399237321, Hardcover)

Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha's dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we.

This inspiring story is available in a deluxe slipcased edition, complete with a personal letter to readers from Patricia Polacco herself. Thank You, Mr. Falker will make a beautiful gift for the special child who needs encouragement&150or any special teacher who has made a difference in the child's life.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:34 -0400)

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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. Al principio la escuela le gusta mucho a Trisha, pero su dificultad al aprender a leer la hace sentirse tonta, hasta que, en el quinto grado, un nuevo profesor le ayuda a comprender y a superar su problema.… (more)

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