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Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Thank You, Mr. Falker (edition 2012)

by Patricia Polacco (Author)

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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.
Title:Thank You, Mr. Falker
Authors:Patricia Polacco (Author)
Info:Philomel Books (2012), Edition: Gift, 40 pages
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Tags:Disability, Picture book, Realistic Fiction, Biography

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Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco


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  hannahleakee | Jan 16, 2020 |
This is a true story of the author Patricia Polacco struggle with dyslexia. Trisha came from a family of readers, so she was excited to learn to read when she got to first grade. But when she tried the words looked like scribbles and wiggles on the page. When she made it to third grade she still couldn't read and her classmates would tease her. Finally when she makes it to fifth grade her teacher Mr. Falker notices her struggling and helps her like no other teachers. He goes out he way to help Trisha or as she said, "shaped her life." This book can be used to show readers how every one has difficulty with something, it takes the right person to help you over come your struggles. ( )
  Lorrennea | Dec 9, 2019 |
There is a reason why almost every teacher I have had shares this book. This book really pushes a teacher to be a culturally responsive individual. Mr. Falker is an example of a very hip and open-minded teacher who opens the life of Patricia Polacco to her future endeavors. Its a genuine thank you letter to a person who influenced her life and I can only hope I can achieve similar status as a teacher in my student's life. ( )
  Grimvylan | Nov 19, 2019 |
This great book for students to let them know that even though they learn different it does not make them stupid. That it just make different and it a way out their for that can help them. Also it show teacher that we need keep our eyes out for our students, and help them even if it means asking other teacher to help them. ( )
  Brian6671 | Nov 18, 2019 |
This is a great book to read for anyone who is struggling in school, specifically someone who has dyslexia. It gives insight into how Trisha's mind works when it comes to reading and how her surroundings add to the struggle, such as bullying. It is Mr. Falker who came into the rescue per say, and was able to help her. I like how this book gives a very realistic look at a reading disabilities and how it can affect a someone. ( )
  Ana-Chavarria | Nov 18, 2019 |
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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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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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