Patricia Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker
Children's book review by Carol Gordon Ekster
Thank You, Mr. Falker, is a book all teachers and parents of dyslexic kids should be sharing with those children.
I read it aloud each year to my fourth graders and often choke up with tears towards the end. It is a touching story for a teacher.
Mr. Falker, a sixth grade teacher, made a dramatic difference to the child in the story. It is encouraging to students, knowing with perseverance and aide, a nonreader achieves success and later becomes a famous author.
Namely, Patricia Polacco!
When Trisha looked at a page, all she saw were wiggling shapes.
Thank You, Mr. Falker is based on a true time in Patricia Polacco’s life.
Trisha began to feel different. She began to feel "dumb."
The story is also a tale of dealing with bullying, and learning to get help from adults to make it stop.
Patricia was brutally teased for her lack of "school smarts." This is a beautifully written and told story. All children should hear it; those who struggle will be inspired by it.
Teachers who share Thank You, Mr. Falker will likely be making a difference in their students’ lives. It’s a winner all the way around.
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