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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:#read3373, #picturebook, #learningdisability, #school

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Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco


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Thank You Mr. Falker is a wonderful text that showcases academic struggles, specifically dyslexia. This text is also a true story that talks about the life of the author. This book shows us the struggles that can go alongside learning, but also the ultimate victory that can be found in growth. I hope to be a teacher like Mr. Falker, and focus on helping and building up every student I meet. ( )
  lydiachristian | Oct 5, 2020 |
This story is about a young girl name Patricia going through school being picked on. She meets a teacher name Mr. Falker who discovers that she can not read. He was able to teacher her to learn words until she was able to read on her own. This book is great for students to learn the understanding of dyslexic, not all students are able to read. Dyslexic is a disability; perseverance will overcome weakness. ( )
  mollydang318 | Sep 30, 2020 |
In this heart-warming tribute to teachers everywhere, this non-fiction picture book tells a story of a child who has difficulty reading. This book gives the reader an insight into the experience of Trisha who has great difficulty learning in school and ends up hating her school experience. Read this book to find out what happens when Trisha ends up in new teacher, Mr. Falker's class.
  campbell_m76 | Jul 30, 2020 |
Thank you Mr. Falker is based on the true story of author Patricia Polacco and growing up with Dyslexia. You see young Trish deal with heartache when she realizes she can't read as easily as others, loss of her beloved grandparents, and the bullying that exists when you are different. But, it only takes the support of one person to help turn her life around and that is her exceptional teacher, Mr. Falker.
  kewilliams | Jul 24, 2020 |
A great book where students can identify with the main character Trisha and her struggles with reading and being bullied.
  Scholzenj | Jul 16, 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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