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My personal most favorite children's book!
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jon fugler
I gave this book to my son who was beginning his career as a teacher. Made for a nice gift for someone in education.
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john chute
Great story!
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christina harrison
I bought this for my kids' teachers as gifts. I love this author, and this was a touching and beautiful, inspiring story.
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Great book. I saw my child all through this book. Makes me more aware of the struggle dyslexic kids go through on a daily basis.
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Love it
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good experience
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nell wills
Awesome! My students enjoyed listening to it.
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lily allison
Purchased this for my wife to use with her class at school. The kids love it!
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Amazing book. I used it for an end of the year activity. Warning- it is a tear jerker!!
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I loved the book, great condition. I really want to read it to my children someday as well as any children if i see them.
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j c hennington
Would have preferred the one where Patricia Polacco is reading.
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chris hart
Patricia Polacco in "Thank you, Mr. Falker" tells about real life experiences with having a hard time reading when one of her teachers made a difference. He was a new teacher and noticed she was struggling and being made fun of by the other students. I absolutely loved reading it and in fact just bought four more books by her and pre-ordered another one.
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juan rangel
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shanzeh khurram
Wonderful book. A must read for anyone who teaches or cares for young children. A great elementary read-aloud to help children understand differences in learning styles.
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sam chiang
Didn't realize it was a smaller book than my other books in my Polacco collection.
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jiwa rasa
It is a great book for all ages. Good for those who struggle in school and those who have been victims of bullying.
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Wonderful book for students to read. I should give encouragement to children who are struggling to learn...make them realize others struggle to learn.
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nathan forget
My step-son loves this book. It made him feel so much better about having dyslexia and he tries harder now when he reads.
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Such a great book! I think everyone should read this book.
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Such an awesome book! I read it to my third graders on the first day of school and they loved it and asked if they could read it again!
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LOVE this book!
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meg nguyen
This is an excellent book for everyone who has ever learned to read, or will be teaching others to read. Very heartwarming.
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jen moseley
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patrick brown
Although the copy was hardback it was a smaller version than the standard picture book. This makes it a little difficult to use with my class. That would be my only issue and the only reason I gave a four out of five stars. Seriously, if you teach you, can't go wrong with Patricia Polacco!
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A very good friend advised me to purchase this book for my Grandson as he has some reading issues in school he is in first grade, so I sent this book to my daughter to read to her son. Wow, my daughter cried at the end of the book she said it was very emotional, however it also opened up conversation with her son about school, friends and reading.. My daughter said the conversation she had with her son was enlightening and she is very close to her son, so thank you to the Author you gave my daughter and Grandson a wonderful gift.
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ansori ahmad
This is a heart warming book! I bought it for my daughter who is struggling learning to read and after reading it with her, I will be buying another book for her special teacher that is taking extra time with her. Great story!
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casey weyls
Such a great read!!
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Great gift!
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It appealed to my 9 year old. He was really surprised that the author was telling a story about herself. This was a nice little surprise at the end. Not for me so much, but it evoked a lot of conversation about fiction and nonfiction.
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I work as a reading tutor and bought this book to share with the other tutors in my group. The message is powerful--especially since it is the personal experience of the author. It gives great purpose for our work in helping people improve their reading skills.
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sheri becker
I love Patricia Polacco's books!
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margot saunders
The book is large and has great illustrations. What makes this read aloud great is that it can be used for older or younger students (because it's a picture book but also has a lot of print on the pages)and is great at investing students in Special Education due to the subject matter.
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Best book to give new teachers. Every student teacher should read this book.
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Great book. I use it for s read aloud with my fifth grade class. They love the story. Great for inferencing and foreshadowing.
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sherry chandler
Yes I had borrowed it before but I'm glad to have my own copy now
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nancy kackley
One of the most engaging children's books every written. All of Patricia Polacco's books are some of the best in children's literature.
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rich flammer
One of my all time favorite children's books.
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david blakey
Great book about struggling with dyslexia.
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tina parmer
This is a great book to read at the beginning of the school year to encourage a teacher and inspire him/her for a newyear with new students, especially the ones that "struggle". It is also a great book to read to the class to teach tolerance and understanding of those who learn a little differently than they do.
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jill pilon
Book is in good.shape.
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raghad ahmed
This books is an inspiring classic!
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katie hall
This true story about the author's struggle to read and overcome a learning disability is an inspirational book and a must read for teachers and students everywhere!
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This is a great book about overcoming difficulties by the help of a caring teach. I have loved this book since I was a little girl.
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I choose this rating because the book was like brand new. I could not tell it had been used. I was also very surprised at how reasonable the price was for this book. I read this book to my class and it was a huge success!.
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I use this book to show students even though something is tough to learn eventially it all klicks and comes together.
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Excellent book!
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suzanne freeman
Book is the one we needed but I unfortunately didn't look at the size of the book. I assumed it was the same size as Mr. Lincoln' s Way.
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daryl garber
Wonderful Book!
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Everything was great except the book was not the standard size. I would have liked to have known that before I ordered it.
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hubert womack
I was so overly pleased with this transaction and the quality of the book! Everything has been a great experience! This book was a great find. It would make a great present for a teacher or a child who has difficulty reading
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Smaller than the average hardback book and not in a book sleeve. I was giving it as as a gift and wish I would have purchased at the bookstore.
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Excellent book well received
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meagan baty
Awesome book for my teachers
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fidaa fares
My all time favorite. I read to my fourth grade class every year
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kat c
It helped me to talk to my great grandson about his learning disability and the problems he had been having in school.
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Fast Shipping, book came with a hardback cover which I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely would buy from again!!
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caleb liu
For the book being about a fifth grader, the reading level was far below what we expected. Not that it was a bad book, but not challenging in the least for that grade level.
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I am very disappointed. This book is physically smaller than any other version of the book that I have ever seen. I've read this book (and many of Polacco's other titles) to my classes for years and finally decided to buy a new copy. I didn't expect a shrunken version of the text.
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arya prabawa
I love this author's book
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This is a wonderful read for young and old! The message is awesome and I recomend the book highly.
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The illustrations are beautifully rendered, and the story is touching. Having said that, this book did not tug at my heartstrings the way other children's books have done. If you want a real tearjerker, try the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and Michael Hague. The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book.
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charles featherstone
This book was much much longer than I anticipated.
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kathryn rowlands
Love, Love, Love using this as a read aloud with my third grade students!
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I was disappointed that the book was a smaller version of the one I had. The pages are not even 81/2 x11 in size.
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jerry aguinaldo
I bought this book for my daughter. She is eight and has been recently diagnosed with dyslexia. She was not able to read the book because of the small print on the white paper. I plan to read it to her over the weekend and we will be able to enjoy it better when her colored lenses arrive in two weeks. I was just disappointed that a book about dyslexia and children was not more accommodating to their needs.
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marivic singcay
Books are too small. They measure 7 1/4 by 9 1/4 instead of the size I wanted 11 by 8 3/4 inches. Disappointing..... They look funny. I will send a photo of this book and a book in the regular size to show the difference. Not happy :(
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Beautifully illustrated, touching story. Highly. This fact is not mentioned in the book--Polacco learned to read when she was twelve. Parents of older children with severe reading difficulties can inform this of the fact.

Here are other superb books for children and teens with learning difficulties and disabilities:

Here are other superb books for children and teens with learning disabilities. For children who are not being read to, it’s important that parents read the book also and start an ongoing conversation.
Disability awareness and acceptance are common traits of successful students and adults with LD.
Along with therapists and SPED teachers, parents play a critical role in helping children understand and cope with their disabilities. Be sure to recommend these resources to your friends and your child’s teachers.

Grades 1-3
It’s Called Dyslexia, Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

Knees: The Mixed Up World of a Boy with Dyslexia, Vanita Oelschlager

Here’s Hank series, Henry Winkler (author has dyslexia)

The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia, Diane Robb

That’s Like Me: Stories About Amazing People with Learning Differences, Jill Lauren

Hank Zipzer series, Henry Winkler

Many Ways to Learn: A Kid’s Guide to LD (2nd edition), Judith Stern
Eli, The Boy Who Hated to Write (2nd edition), Regina and Eli Richards
My Name Is Brain Brian, Jeanne Betancourt (author has LD)

Succeeding with LD (2nd edition), Jill Lauren

Learning Disabilities and Life Stories, Pano Rodis
Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook, Ari Tuckman (useful for anyone with attention, time management and organizational difficulties)

Reversals: A Personal Account of Victory Over Dyslexia, Eileen Simpson
The Human Side of Dyslexia (essays by college students), Shirley Kurnoff
Learning Outside the Lines (college prep), Jonathan Mooney and David Cole (authors have LD and AD/HD)

Books About Learning Difficulties

Grades K-1
Leo the Late Bloomer, Robert Kraus

Katie’s Rose: A Tale of Two Late Bloomers, Karen Burnett

Jasmine Can (difficulty reading), Bena Hartman

Thank You, Mr. Falker (difficulty reading), Patricia Polacco (author has dyslexia)

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Louis Sachar

Gifted Hands: The [Dr.] Ben Carson Story, Gregg Lewis and Deborah Shaw Lewis

These books promote “growth mindset”—the belief that intelligence increases with effort. Research has found that students with this view have higher achievement than those who believe that intelligence is a fixed quantity (determined at birth).
Making A Splash: A Growth Mindset Children’s Book, Carol E Reiley (kindle version available on the, hard copy available at

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, Dr. JoAnn Deak
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david lebron
Patricia Polacco is not only an inspiring author and illustrator, but also an amazing person. If you don't follow her on Facebook you should, as she always has interesting tales to tell and sneak peeks at books she's currently working on. This is one is definitely one of my favorite and my students have always tended to feel the same, as it is so easy to relate to... especially for children who struggle with something themselves. Because I think it is important to hear a book review from the target audience, children, I thought I'd let my third grade students do the talking. Here is what they thought about this moving memoir:

"In this book Tricia is born with dyslexia. In fifth grade when she tries to read, all the words get jumbled together and the kids keep laughing at her. But when her new teacher, Mr. Falker, tries to help her read, will Tricia be able to read or not? My favorite character is Tricia because she's the main character in the book. Also, she wrote the book herself and it explains her life as a child. I would recommend this book to a friend because everyone will start to love her books!"

Here's what one other student had to say:

"Patricia Polacco tells about herself and her school. She could not read until the 5th grade when Mr. Falker helped her learn. Before she learned to read Patricia had started thinking she was dumb herself because she was being bullied so much. But that all stopped when Mr. Falker came. My favorite character is Mr. Falker because he helped her and he was never mean to anyone. My favorite part is when he tells Tricia to draw numbers and letters on the blackboard. That's when he started teaching her to really read. I would recommend this book because it tells about her life and how she had a hard time in school. I think this would be a great book for people to read because it is real. It's all about the person who wrote the book and that makes it very interesting."
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I feel like I love it and it is an amazing book. To start with, this is a really good book because it talks about my life. Because I had trouble reading and writing and the girl had trouble to. Next, this book is really good for people that have trouble with things. They are not by themselves, there are other people there for you. They just don’t know it. Now you know that they are there for you. Lastly, this book can help other people to find their teacher that loves you for who you are. But also even loves you with your trouble of reading and writing and other things. In conclusion, this is why I like this book and I won't tell what age because it is for EVERYONE .
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kathryn hall
Patricia Polacco has a gift! A good friend of mine recommended her books to me a while back and I am just so impressed! My youngest daughter is 8 years old and struggles with reading. This book really hit home and as I read this book to her I could just see her little face light up. She realized that she is not the only child who struggles and that it is perfectly OK. In this well written story, one can see how easy it is to fall through the cracks (so to speak) in a school classroom until that one special teacher takes notice. You get deep insight not only from a teacher's point of view but from the child's. The struggle is so real. The fact that children can be bullies and unkind with words and actions is also highlighted in this book. For me, this story is a great reminder to always teach tolerance to our children and to teach them that not everyone learns the same way or at the same speed. Beyond the classroom, you also get a glimpse at just how important family is. This book is a keeper and I am so grateful for the story Ms Polacco tells here. The illustrations are really nice and capture the emotions of each person in the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
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nichole mckay
I found this book in a 1st grade classroomwhere I was working as a substitute teacher and had time to fill so I read it to the class. The end had me in tears. The kids listened,spell bound, and really enjoyed it. I told them to remember the story when they were ready to give up on something that was hard for them,how the girl struggled with reading but later became an author. It seemed to really have a great impact on them.
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tim buckner
Usually, in a review I reflect upon how the book has positively impacted students at my school. I'd like to share something more personal in my review. As a school counselor this book really helped me learn how to pick good stories.....

When I became an elementary school counselor, I was sort of lost in the world of bibliotherapy. I picked a lot of over the top generic books about feelings and bullying that were total flops with students. Maybe bibliotherapy was a myth because the books (I was choosing) were total snores. It got to the point where I was actually dreading reading to classes. And they weren't exactly cheering when I came into the room holding a book.

Thank You, Mr. Falker changed all of that for me and the kids. I truly consider it the first REAL bibliotherapy story I read to students. I watched how the story touched the students as we journeyed through the pages. First of all, they were quietly engaged from start to finish. Second, hands kept shooting up in the air to comment on certain elements of the story. Oh, and they clapped at the end! (it's a beautiful personal story by author Patricia Polacco) I'd been so used to the lack of interest when reading that I was blown away by the sheer excitement and rapid discussion that followed. Trisha's struggle with a learning disability, moving to a new school, being bullied and picked on was impacting the class. There was a new energy in the room I'd never felt before. It was the story!! I could see it in students' faces. Hearts were were relating to the main character Trisha. It was my first bibliotherapy experience and I began to recognize the healing power of books. I vowed right then and there - no more boring uninspiring stories!

So when choosing new literature I have a different perspective and intent. If it's not impactful and helpful to children then I don't choose it. And sometimes that's hard because there are a lot of good books out there I think kids want to hear - but they don't! I make it a point to know what challenges children are facing and mold my picks around those issues. Now when I walk into classrooms, students are desperately trying to see what book I'm holding and are eager to open their hearts and minds. So thank you, Mr. Falker for not just helping Trisha, but helping me discover the beauty of bibliotherapy and the difference it can make in a boy or girl's life.
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joshua hanna
Thank You Mr.Falker By: Patricia Polacco
Thank You Mr.Falker is about a young girl named Trisha and she is different than the other kids in her class. Trisha is different because she can’t read. Since Trisha can’t read the other kids in her class makes fun of her for it and they call her dumb and stupid. One day there was a new teacher for her class and his name was Mr. Falker. Mr. Falker was different from the teachers that she had before, he really wanted to help Trisha be able to read. What I liked about the book is that when Trisha read her first book and understood it, it made Mr. Falker cry! That made me feel like he really cared about her. The only thing I disliked about the book was that the other kids were making fun of her, but i also understand that it was in the book to make a point that when someone has special needs there people in the world who will try and tear you down. I would recommend this song to anybody who has had trouble reading when they were young. I think this book she how if you really try and keep on trying you just might succeed.
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kristi staker
I would hope that every child had the opportunity to have a Mr. Falker as their classroom teacher. Life would be better for everyone. I related well to this story by Patricia Polacco because I did have special teachers who did a lot for me. I hope I have repaid them by being that special teacher to some of my students. This was a thought provoking book that I did enjoy and the students I read it to also enjoyed it which is always pleasing.ev
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kimberlee thompson
Tricia has found school a daunting experience for years. Bright and dyslexic, she finds reading time the biggest hardship in her life. She has to contend with the cruelty of her peers and her constant doubts about her own intelligence and place among her family of avid readers.
The year Tricia was in 5th grade, she moved out of state. Eager to make a fresh start, Tricia entered Mr. Falker's classroom. Once again, she was made the object of cruel jeering among her peers because she was not able to read. One especially cruel boy named Eric seemed to derive sadistic pleasure in taunting her.
Tricia's teacher, Mr. Falker decided to take the bull by the horns once and for all. He declared his classroom had a zero tolerance for taunting; he encouraged Tricia in every effort she made.
Tricia soldiered on, but still had trouble reading. Matters reached a critical head when Mr. Falker found her crying in a broom closet in an attempt to hide from Eric.
From that day on, he worked with Tricia and a reading teacher. Mr. Falker and the reading teacher were positive, gentle and very encouraging. They cheered every progress, regardless. Between the two professionals, Tricia took off like the proverbial jet plane. Basking in the glow of her success, she would, as she said, in later years embark upon a writing career.
This book will make you sad, mad, cheer and maybe even cry. It is a sterling example of a success story and is a salute to every kind teacher who really made a positive difference in somebody's life. I would never be able to read this out loud because it is just too moving.
This book deserves a special award. It is truly a masterpiece and very inspiring.
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As in many of her books Ms Polacco wrote this one about herself and her childhood. What a special tribute to her teacher (and other teachers out there that takes the time to help that one child struggling) With Tricia's struggling in reading and math no one can understand what is going on until a very special teacher starts the school. He watches her and sees how she gets bullied and teased and stops it. But also figures out she has a learning disability and helped her to over come it (or accept it) and soon she's learning to read and do her math problems! beautiful story as a tribute to teachers out there willing to go above and beyond for their children
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sara latta
Learning more slowly than other children - and being keenly aware of that difference - can be torture for a child. Eager to learn to read, young Tricia can't wait to get to first grade. Until she does, she occupies herself with coloring and drawing, which she shows real talent for. But to her dismay, reading and math don't come easily once she's in school, and her classmates are merciless in their teasing. It takes the perception of the new fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Falker, to realize Tricia has a learning disability and to take the time to help her surmount it. When the mystery of language and of numbers is magically opened up to her, it is truly a joyous moment.

For any child who believes he or she is "different," this gentle book offers hope and encouragement. "To be different is the miracle of life. You see all of those little fireflies? Every one is different," says Trisha's grandmother. Sometimes it takes a teacher to ask his class: "Are all of you so perfect that you can look at another person and find fault with her?"

In this lovely autobiographical book, the author tells a moving and compelling story of hope and caring. And her illustrations add a wonderful dimension to the tale. How delightful it will be for young readers to discover that another "slow learner" became a talented, published author.

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liv lansdale
"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."
Young Tricia, a fictionalized version of author/illustrator Patricia Polacco, struggles with reading, while enduring the teasing of her classmates from kindergarten through 5th grade, hoping to realize her grandfather's proverb in her own life.
This emotionally gripping story about a child who deals with what is now called dyslexia is the true story of many children throughout the years. My wife, like Patricia Polacco, attended school in an era when this learning disability didn't have a name. She was like Tricia when the caring Mr. Falker said, "But, little one, don't you understand, you don't see letters or numbers the way other people do. And you've gotten through school all this time, and fooled many, many good teachers!" My wife finally made sense of all those "wiggling shapes" on the page in the 6th grade, and she hasn't stopped reading since.
This is just to say this is a TRUE STORY for many children. And it's told (and illustrated) in a manner that will enable other children understand and empathize with the struggles, the feelings of loneliness and rejection, and the ultimate joy of victory (not to mention the warmth and security of loving grandparents)!
I have read "Thank You, Mr. Falker" to many first and second grade classes in our elementary school library, and in every case you could hear a pin drop by the time we got to the third page! This book should be required reading for every teacher, and should be a staple in every elementary school library. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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carolina tagobert
Patricia Pollacco is inspiring in this book about her life experience as a struggling reader. She captivates her audience as she speaks through her words and illustrations to thank the teacher who impacted her life greatly. This book is inspiring to all teachers and students. Throughout the book you learn about her families love for reading and gaining knowledge. How it truly impacted her life to be unable to read and the difference Mr. Falker made. As a teacher I read this book to my class every year. It is a reminder to me about the differences a teacher can make on their students lives and a reminder to the students that everyone is unique. In this book the other children call her dumb and she begins to feel that way. This is a reminder to students that words hurt and that everyone tries their best. The illustrations are magnificent. They convey a little girl that is very lonely. I would recommend that every teacher read this book to their students.
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emily ungton
As an elementary counselor I read this book to all my students. There is pertinence for every age group. "Thank You, Mr. Falker" is the story of a little girl who can't read. The other children constantly tease and make fun of Tricia. Eventually Mr. Falker, Tricia's 5th grade teacher discovers the child hiding during recess (to escape the constant taunts). He realizes that Tricia has a learning disability and tutors her after school. There is a post script to the story ending decades later with a chance meeting between Mr. Falker and the adult Tricia (Polacco). I use this book to help my students with self-esteem problems because of their own learning difficulties. But, I predominately read this book for all the bullies! Following Tricia's despair is very humbling. And trust me, I am not the only one in the room with tears running down my cheeks (and I've read this book dozen's of times). Teachers and student teachers should read this book--what we do in the classroom has an everlasting and lifelong effect on our students. I love this book and you will too.
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This book is a must read for all teachers and students in elementary school. Once I discovered this book, I could not skip reading this to my fourth graders every year. It is inspirational in that it shows you, that no matter what your weakness is now, you never know the greatness you'll achieve later with a little help from your teachers. I couldn't read it without my voice catching, no matter how many times I read it. It's emotional to realize the powerful impact we have on the children in our classroom. And the main character, though she can't read until sixth grade, becomes a famous author. Imagine all the children with learning issues in your class listening to this? Parents of any child with disabilities, especially dyslexia, must read this to that child to give them hope. Beautiful text and illustrations add to this wonderful story.
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Years ago when I was a student teacher, my mentor gave this book to me on my last day in her classroom. The dedication read, "A loving teacher can recognize the needs of a child and make a positive contribution to shape his/her life." When I sat down to read the story, I felt my eyes tear up because of the emotions of the main character, Trisha, as she grows up. We follow Trisha from the very beginning as a young girl ready for kindergarten filled with the anticipation of learning to read. However, soon Trisha becomes aware of other students progressing at a much faster pace. Her grandmother, a loving special confidant to Trisha, encourages her to grow and learn. As Trisha's journey continues, the pain of struggling to read and handling the mean bullying comments from her peers becomes all-consuming. Her grandmother "loses her grip on the grass" and passes away. Her mother, brother, and Trisha then move to another state and a brand new school. The students call her stupid and dumb. Here in the story, Patricia Polacco's illustrations depict the intense pain this little girl faces daily at school. All alone, she copes the best way she can by working on her artwork (in which she excels) and hiding from the mean boys that tease her over and over each day. Then, one fateful day, a positive bright light in her life, Mr. Falker, the fifth grade teacher, saves her from the bullies and entices Trisha to share her dreaded secret: she can't read and feels stupid. Mr. Falker rescues her from the intense loneliness and shame. He tells her, "You just see the letters and numbers differently, Little One. You have been very smart and have fooled many good teachers." He works with her each day practicing shapes, letters, words. Suddenly, the pieces begin to come together and Trisha realizes that she can actually read on her own. How sweet this is as we watch Trisha perform the "honey" ceremony on a book like her family did when she was only four years old. The best part of the book is the back page. We learn that Trisha is really Patricia Polacco. She actually runs into Mr. Falker at a function many years later. He asks her, "What do you do?" She replies, "Why, Mr. Falker, I write books for children." When I read this part to students, I cry every single time! You will, too.
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jason ochocki
Why has it taken so long for this book to be written? The moving narrative of the author's journey through the minefields of reading is both touching and thought provoking. If only there were easy answers to helping a child learn to read. In addition, the question of bullying is addressed. There are no easy answers for that, either. My third graders are "off track" for the month of December, but when we are together again in January I intend to read and discuss this book intensively. There is no doubt in my mind that children struggling with reading and/or being teased will identify with little Patricia immediately. THANK YOU, MR. FALKER would be a wonderful gift for any learning disabled child to build self-esteem and let him/her know many children have gone through the same stress and anxiety. In closing, what a fantastic teacher Mr. Falker was. I hope he is still alive and can bask in the knowledge that he did, indeed, make a difference in a child's life.
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tanya ellington
Well have you ever been in this kind of suttuation? Well I have.This is why I give this book a 5 out of 5. This book gives us a very important lesson. Never say you can't because sooner or later you will be able to do it perfectly.This book is about a little girl who is excited to go to school and learn how to read. But shows up that she dosen't know how to or can't learn how to. But all her teacher had ignor this problem intill she got to fith grade. The kids in her class made fun of here. So Mr.Falker had that stoped. One day she was asked to stay after school and help clean out the blakboreds. And that day was when Mr. Falker started helping her out on learning how to read. This teacher didn't give up on her and because of his help now she is a famous author. So this is why I give it a 5 because it gives a great lesson and it's a great childrens book. I think kids will love and understand this book perfectly.
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One of the most touching children's books I've read in recent memory, this autobiographical story by the great Patricia Polacco tells how "Tricia" overcame her reading problems with the help of a compassionate teacher. Polacco's story evokes the attendant feelings of inferiority and isolations, as well as her grateful joy upon finally reading an entire paragraph.
The story opens with a family ritual later expanded into a full story in Polacco's "The Bee Tree": Her grandfather drizzles some honey on a book cover and tells her "knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey, you have to chase it through the pages of a book."
Polacco draws in her trademark big loopy style; her palette and composition superbly capture emotion, particularly in the close-ups. She can convey a range of feelings simply by how she places color on a person's face. She's one of the most original and recognizable illustrators around. One of the most heartfelt and moving books you'll find in children's literature.
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Have you ever felt like you're dumb or you can't read well? Tricia in the story Thank You Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco, felt dumb and couldn't read because she got teased and tried to sound them out but they always laughed at her. Then she pretended to be sick like having a fever so she can't go to school.
I think its great because Mr. Falker, kept telling her she wasn't dumb. Also Mr. Falker put a book in front of her and picked a paragraph in the middle of the page. Almost like it was magic she read a sentence, then a paragraph, and then she read another paragraph.
Thank you Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco is a story about Tricia going to kindergarten and not knowing how to read. Then she went to third grade but she still doesn't know how to read. She tried to sound them out but everybody laughed at her poor Tricia. At the end Tricia...
This reminds me of when I went to kindergarten and I learned how to read just like Tricia did. Tricia had a nice teacher like me. Also my teacher taught me how to read just like Tricia. Even a kid named Justin was mean to me also like Tricia.
I enjoyed reading this book because it reminds me of all kinds of things. Also because Mr. Falker was being nice to her and not mean like the other people who were mean to her. I like when people are happy and not sad or mad because it makes me feel bad for them.
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fatima gomez
I read this to my third grade class Friday. It was chosen from ten of her books in my collection to follow our reading The Keeping Quilt in the reading series. The student that asked it be read did not know that it would address feelings he carries. As the homeless student in my room he, too, knows the gulf that is felt when carrying something that separates you from feeling "the same" and he, too, has reading struggles. In his case concentration and focus are very difficult. Polacco's story, her story, as a talented young artist amply displaying intelligence but struggling in reading spoke to me as a teacher and as a person who grew up making art. In fact at times as I read I struggled to get through the story. I, too, often felt dumb. I , perhaps was a bit different in that all through my life either individuals or groups have targeted me for cruelty, group isolation, and so forth largely because of something I really couldn't "control" out of existence. In early life the heroine of the story struggled to read, I think my own struggle was to comply with needless compliance. Or to overlook others feelings. Or in the creation of situations advantaging one over another. Or, perhaps more broadly having an artist's talents I struggled with the isolation the gift brought. Later I struggled being a bit overweight, then for twenty years struggled with being too thin, then with being overweight, whatever. It's a story about being outside a norm.
I felt the story reading so much because I allowed myself to live that. Took care of an elderly grandmother and mentally ill mom, worked as a teacher in high poverty with black and immigrant students. Took on a lifetime working with kids that struggled. Identified there.

So the story spoke to my class and to me allowing me to teach to the compassion and feelings of those that are struggling with acceptance plus something they either need to overcome or find a way to beat, harness, take on.

It's an excellent read aloud for a class. Lead to much sharing. My third grade children found it had heart.
It's a good antidote to what is almost a cultural revolution at present.
I'm glad Polacco tried to find a way to tell her story, seeking to share it with others so they might deal better with their experience, the person who has endured and triumphed over dyslexia knowing the real road that was,starting from their own self doubt which she so quietly puts forward, to the introduction to how being "different" is received by so many.

I could not "see" when I was young so getting glasses past 13 changed my life. I lived in a blur. All I saw with 20/200 and 20/300 sight was through squinting. Easily fixed- and from the difficult home I came from easily missed- as was the thought of buying more than one toothbrush in a child's lifetime. If I told the stories I would be seen as just sunk and mired in self pity or centeredness-so I admire the writer willing to risk those kinds of insults or perception of self indulgence or a victim outlook, but I knew from my experiences how it was not to see a board, texts, as having meaning for all of your life but for different reasons. In every way I often retreated into my own world. I could see her take on presenting the reality of that.
I still do not find my way to norms-and I liked the book addressed the creative reality of that. How that can, for some define another way.

At 52 and after a long series of 5 or so year affirmations that nothing has much changed I never did what Polaco did-emerge on the other side. Perhaps this book and better adult insights and work will help engage children in doing so.
Nice book.
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yehud min aram
As I slowly read through the pages of this wonderful book, I was touched. I found myself making connections to the young girl and her struggles. I understand what it means to be a struggling reader. I remembered a special teacher who made a difference in my life and helped me to read. As a teacher, I read the book to my class. At the end, my second and third graders had a lot to say! They connected with the character and her struggles too. We shared our own struggles with life. Their struggles ranged from reading and learning to play a new sport to relationships and friendships. The students had made connections. As a techer, I want all my students to make real connections to books, find passion in reading, and treat others kindly. This book really helped my students to see the importance of all these things in a very real way!
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Thank You Mr.Falkfer is a great kids book about a young girl named Trisha. Trisha loved to read books and draw ever since she was a little girl. When she was young, her grangfather read to her and when she started goin to school, her grandfather past away. In first grade, Trisha had a lot of trouble learning how to read. She still had trouble reading in 2nd grade and then one day, a she had a new teacher that believed in Trisha and his name was Mr.Falkfer. Thanks to Mr.Falker, Trisha finally learned how to read and write. I really liked this book because Trisha always thought that she too stupid to learn how to write and read but Mr.Falker proved her wrong. I liked the way Mr.Falker was confident that Trisha would learn no matter what. This is why I liked this book and I am sure other kids and students would enjoy reading this book.
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This book is a great example of "write what you know." Patricia Polacco digs into her childhood memory of being an at-risk student who suffers academic disappointment, self-doubt, and bullying. The author's intimate story is ironically, also universal. Many kids can relate to struggling in school, as well as, being bullied and feeling like an outsider. This book sends the message to children that they should not give up but they need to persevere. Thank you, Mr. Falker sends a positive message to kids struggling in school - and who can't use a little (or a lot) of that? It's a book filled with honesty and inspiration.
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delordra sidwell
"Thank you, Mr. Falker" is an excellent story. It really shows children the importance of learning to read. In the book, it shows a young girl named Trisha who loved books, but learned to read at a late age. As she goes through school, kids start to tease her and say that she is dumb. She soon begins to hate school and think that she truly is dumb. Whenever the teacher calls on her in class, Trisha needed help with all the words on the page. But when she gets to 5th grade, she has a wonderful new teacher, Mr. Falker. He sees that Trisha can't read and that others make fun of her. He teaches her after school and after a while, she learns to read! I also thought that it was very interesting how Patricia Polacco used her own expirience for the book. A must read for kids!
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Patricia Polacco bases this story on her own experiences as a child. She uses the story in this beautiful book to thank her fifth grade teacher, Mr. Falker. In the book, Tricia, who has a yearning to learn to read because of her family's love of learning, discovers that letters in books seem to be all just wiggling shapes. As Tricia moves through school, students call her dumb. She sadly begins to except their teasing and begins to believe she truly is dumb; until, Fifth Grade when she is blessed with an outstanding teacher, Mr. Falker. Every classroom should not only have this book, it should be read aloud. Without saying the word "dyslexia" or preaching, Polacco has produced a wonderfully compassionate story.
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susan dougherty
My six-year-old granddaughter and I read the book together. She says it's a really nice title, and the pictures have nice backgrounds. She says the girl in the story has a happy face on the title page. I thought the story was touching and so real. The manner that the grandparents' demise is dealt with was meaningful and clever. I had difficulty reading the end because I was holding back tears. The illustrations were amazing. This is a beautiful story of the resolution of years of suffering due to dyslexia. We read this as a library book.
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One of the most powerful and heart wrenching children's picture books I have every read. I always share this book with my class, but I can never actually read it to them. I would cry throughout the book. I'm tearing up now just thinking of it. I always show the video of the book on On this site, lots of actors read wonderful books to children.....and adults who get too emotional to read certain cherished books to their children. ;-)
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rina nijenbanning
I feel like this book is amazing. To start, I love how the grandpa put honey on a book to teach the little girl that reading is knowledge. Another, reason I love this book Is the little girl thought she could read someday. Lastly, I don't like how the little girl thought she was dumb but in the end she realized she was able to read a paragraph. All in all, I like how this book taught me to to never give up on reading and I recommend it for kindergarten and up.
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"Thank You Mr. Falkner" is an excellent book. It starts off with a girl, Trisha, who is very eager to learn to read. However, when she and the other kids are taught, she turns out to be the only one who doesn't get it. As the years in school passed, she still didn't know how to read, and as a result, was bullied. She lost all hope and thought she was stupid...until in 5th grade Mr. Falkner came along. He found out her problem and decided to help her; and so he taught her to read after-school. In the end, she learned to read, thanks to Mr. Falkner. This book is good for kids because it is easy to understand and because it relates to many kids today.
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abdolkarim khalati
"Thank you, Mr. Falker" by Patricia Polacco is a heartwarming book that every teacher should read! The main character, Trish, is excited to start school and learn how to read. However, Trish only sees wiggling shapes when she tries to read and she starts to feel dumb. Then, her family moves to California and she meets her new teacher, Mr. Falker. Unbeknownst to her, Mr. Falker will leave a lasting impression on her life.
This story is an autobiography because the main character, Trish, is Patricia Polacco when she was a child. Trish's reaction to her difficulty with reading is typical for a student with a specific learning disability. Year after year, she tried to read and reading got harder and harder. She began to feel different and even dumb. Mr. Falker continued to include her in the regular education classroom because specialized help wasn't available when she was a child in school. However, Mr. Falker and Miss Plessy (a reading teacher) provided her with one-on-one assistance after school. With their own form of specialized help, Trish's needs were finally being met.
I am a learning support teacher for students in Grades 4, 5, and 6, and this book touches my heart and encourages me to keep teaching students with learning disabilities. Education has changed significantly, so my students don't have to struggle the same way Trish did. I want my students to know that "To be different is the miracle of life" (Polacco, 1998). I read this book aloud to my 6th grade students at the end of the school year and have my students reflect on their elementary school years. (We are a K-6 Elementary school.) I read this book aloud to my students because I feel you're never too old to have someone read to you. Then, my students write a letter of thanks to a specific teacher, parent, coach, custodian, paraprofessional, cafeteria staff, or anyone else who has positively impacted their life during Elementary School. The reading level of this book is 4.8, so my students can take an Accelerated Reader test on this book, too. This year I would like to have my students make a poetry quilt. They will compose a poem about the individual they wrote a letter to and then they will "paint" their poem. The quilt will be displayed outside our classroom.
My school implemented the Olweus Bullying program two years ago and I recommended this book to be read during class meetings. I recommend using this book in grades 1-4.
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shannon ozirny
This book is about this little girl named Trisha who had trouble reading and all her classmates would make fun her and call her "Dumb." Trisha was teased so bad that she would listen to them and wouldnt ask for help because she was embarressed.Untill this one day she moved to a new town and she attended a new school too.Thats where she met Mr.Falker, she would stay after school with him and they would play games and try to find an easy way for her to learn how to read.I like this book beacause it shows that there are teachers out there who care and are willing to help you.You can achieve anything in life just with a little help.
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This book hit me like a ton of bricks. I was reading it to my 8 year old daughter and when we got 3/4 of the way through and the connections started coming together, I cried. I mean I couldn't even continue reading aloud. My sweet daughter finished reading it aloud for us. There is such a profound message about the beauty in being who you are.
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*I wish we all had a Mr. Falker. I really enjoyed this book. I read it to my children, and found myself choking up. I expected wit, and cartoon characters, but you get so much better, and so much more. You get real life. Every now, and then you need a book that isn't about fantasy, but one children can relate to, and even adults. Which I certainly did. Every child should hear this story. Whether they're facing some of the issues of the main character, or you just want to take the time out to teach a life lesson, this book is a good one to use as an opening to meaningful conversation with your children.
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I applaud Patricia Polacco for her outstanding book, Thank You, Mr. Falker. She tells a story that happened to her as a little girl which will encourage children everywhere who are learning to read or struggling with the idea. When I read this story to my eight year old nephew he smiled and said, "maybe I will learn to read better."
The main character of this book, Trisha, goes through something that many young children go through. They will be able to relate to the situation and maybe learn from her. Learning to read is quite a task to master, especially if you have a learning disability like the author of this book did.
When little Trisha was in fifth grade she had a teacher, Mr. Falker, who opened up the word of reading to her. He set out to prove to her that she can and will read. He works with her for weeks and one day she does just that. This story will encourage children. I wish I had a book like this when I was struggling to help regain my confidence. It also inspires me to thank the teacher that made a huge impact in my life.
Patricia used folk art style in her pictures. They are very detailed and colorful and fit the text very will. The pictures will really jump out to readers and entertain their imagination.
Thank You, Mr. Falker is a wonderful book. I recommend this to any child that is beginning to learn to read. I hope teachers will make sure that kids hear this encouraging story about a "real live author." They will be able to relate, learn, and gain confidence from the story.
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I don't think that you can ever go wrong with Patricia Palacco books! She is an amazing children's author and Thank you, Mr. Falker is a perfect example of her work. Thank you, Mr. Falker is actually a book about what she went through as a child with dyslexia and the teacher who took the time to help her learn to read. This is an astounding book for children AND adults and I believe that no matter how old, you can take something positive out of it. It is about a little girl named Trisha who is extremely excited to learn how to read in kindergarten but she doesn't. She was still looking forward to learning how to read in first grade but when she continued to struggle and the other children made fun of her she started to feel dumb. Then, the loss of her grandparents made school and reading even harder! Things start to look up when her mom got a new job across the country so she got to move to a new school where she hoped the other kids wouldn't make fun of her. Unfortunately, when she tries to read the other children make fun of her and she hates school even more. By the time she enters fifth grade she still can't read, luckily for her though, Mr. Falker is her new teacher. As time goes on, Mr. Falker realizes that Trisha does not see letters and numbers like the other students because she is dyslexic. He makes sure not to single Trisha out when it comes to reading and to point out her strengths to the class. Mr. Falker, along with a reading specialist, works with Trisha after school every day to help her learn to read. By the end of four months Trisha is able to read an entire paragraph on her own! This is a great book to use in the classroom whether it is an inclusive classroom or not because there are many valuable lessons that can come from this book including why learning is fun, acceptance and bullying. This book is a great way to show that every student learns in different ways and has their own strengths and weaknesses. As a teacher Thank you, Mr. Falker is a great reminder of how rewarding it is to help children learn!
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phil krogh
This book has been such an inspiration of how impactful a teacher can be. Bullying and not being able to excel at something is something everyone can relate to. I really appreciate Patricia opening up to her personal experiences and turning such a hard time in her life into such a great piece of literature and sharing it with the world. She is an example of hard work.
I love this book because we all have "that" teacher that changed each of our lives and has made a difference in our education. I am a student aspiring to be a teacher. This was a great example of everything I want to become.
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matt reardon
I thInk this book is very AWES0ME! I like it s0 mUcH because some people go through, troubLenesS. She can't read, or write, and is Kind of LiKe other students in my school. They are being laughed at. Then there is always s0meone who will come and heLp them. I aLso like this book so much because, I really like to know about people disability. I kind of don't like the part where the boy makes fun out of her, just becuase she can't read. Or the part where, she is in her cLass, and the other students laugh at her, when she reads or write. I dedicate this book to all student's who can't read at an old aGe. You don/t have to feel bad at other students laughing at you. Everybody goes Through it.
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kate stone
My Professor read this book to my Graduate Education class. What a tender yet profound story. It left a great impression upon all of us in my class. I agree that every classroom should have this book in their library. It not only tells of the trials and tribulations that a little girl with dyslexia goes through, it also has a number of lessons that children of all ages could benefit and learn from. Lessons such as compassion for their fellow classmates, and how to overcome problems (and so much more... just keep reading the reviews). I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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amanda r
Trisha is a young red headed fifth grade girl who has trouble reading. All throughout school she has felt embarassed because while everybody else in her class could read she has struggled to learn. Kids tease her all the time and the only person who understood her, grandma, dies. Then one day a new teacher comes to school and his name is Mr. Falker. Will he be able to help Trisha or will it be another nightmare school year? This book is great because it really inspires me and it has a great surprise ending. I could really relate to Trisha's problems because when I was in fifth grade I couldn't multiply and it made me really sad. I would recommend this book to anybody who has had problems learning how to do something. This book will make you never want to quit.
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laurie dennison
This is perhaps the most important of Patricia Polacco's autobiographical books. What an overwhelming triumph for a bright and gifted child who was unable to read until late elementary school to have created this book! Polacco shares her feelings of ostracism and self-doubt so poignantly though the written word as well as through her sensitive illustrations. Mr. Falker is the kind of teacher all of us wish we could have had, and for those of us in education, aspire to become. His insight, patience and skill are truly inspiring, as is Patricia's courage in sharing this important story.
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jean baxendale
An encouraging story of heroism and hard work. "Thank you Mr. Falker" is a wonderful example of a caring teacher and a student overcoming problems in learning. It's an example of the kind of teacher I want to be, and it can help children know that there is a bright future for them, that they can do hard things, and there are many people around them to support them. The illustrations that accompany the story lend a whimsical and innocent feeling. This is definitely a book you want in your hands.
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jennifer donahue
"Thank you Mr. Falker" is a really great book because it shows part of the life,the problems,and the improvements a little girl took when she was learning how to read, but what do you think she did to learn, and who helped her to get better?.This book teaches you a very good lesson that every one should listen to, thatlesson is;when you are trying to do something, you should never give up, even if you don't get it right the way, you should keep trying until you get it.

Also the vocabulary was really easy to understand and really easy for a child to read.
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sarah welinsky
Do you like Patricia Polacco's books? I do. When I read the book called Thank You Mr. Falker it made me think that Mr. Falker was kind because he changed Trishas life. When Trisha met Mr. Falker Trisha's learning began!
I liked this book because Mr.Falker helep Trisha learn how to read.If I was Trishia I wouldn't want pepole making fun of me because I couldn't read things.
I recommend this book to anybody that enjoyed other books by Patricica Polacco because I think that you are going to like this one too!Because it talks about her life and her problems.
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kristin donegan
This story is wonderful and heartwarming. I'm sure that we've all had experiences where we feel a little like Tricia in the story--whether it was about reading or not, and we've all had our own personal Mr. Falkers that don't give up on us. This story shows true determination of a child in learning to something that he/she really wants to accomplish. No matter how bad Tricia wanted to be able to read, she couldn't do it, and she almost gave up on it many times. However, when she had no one else, it was Mr. Falker and his encouragement and guidance that eventually helped Tricia to become the reader that she always wanted to be. This story is very relatable to children and teachers alike and for many people it really hits close to home. Fantastic read! I'd suggest it to anyone.
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britt m
I read this book for my children's literature book. I love this book. This book is a great book to read to students who don't feel like they belong in their class. This shows that it's okay to be different. It is such a sweet story. I would like to read this to my future students when I become a teacher. If you want to read a sweet, motivational story this book if for you. I totally recommend to everyone. Once you read this book you will love it because of the way the story flows. I loved how this books shows how much a teacher can have an impact a students life. And that as people, whether we are a teacher or not that we need to accept everyone for the way they are. Best children's book in my opinion.
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Trisha is a girl who can't read. The only thing she likes at school is drawing. In first grade Trisha was trying to say the words from the book but she coult'nt.
Trisha somehow passed first and second grade, third and fourth. In 5th grade some boy's made fun of her Mr.Falker told them to stop but one boy did'nt stop.
I think that the kid sould'nt made fun of Trisha because what if that was you how would you feel? I recommed it to everyone because it makes you wonder how I Was making others feel.
I thought what if some kids were making fun of me or you.
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I loved this book. I thought it was great because it taught so many things. I loved that this book showed the effects of bullying but also the effect of someone, such as a teacher, believing in you. It showed that despite a difficulty with learning, you are not stupid, it is just harder for you to achieve what others do. I would recommend this book to anyone. I think it is a great book to read and that it makes students feel that they are not alone and that they should never consider themselves stupid just because they have a disability.
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This is a fantastic story that portrays a young girl who endures bullying and overcomes her learning difficulties thanks to the help of her kind-hearted teacher. The character Trisha is lovable character, who tugs at your heart with her underdog status. The story is written in clear language that is accessible to elementary aged students. The illustrations are an excellent portrayal of how Trisha feels, the colors are intense, and they help the reader to experience how the characters are feeling. Overall, this story is fantastic story about bullying and learning difficulties, it helps to increase the reader's sensitivity to others. This story would be appropriate in an elementary classroom (grades 2-3). This story can lead into several character education lessons, along with writing lessons.Teachers can encourage students to write letters to someone they feel, helped them improve or helped them feel good about themselves.
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zach milan
Even though Thank You, Mr. Falker is a children's book, it is one of the most incredible and profound books I have ever read. It is a "must-read" for every child and teacher, whether new or experienced. The text and the picture blend so perfectly together, just like all picture books should. The pictures portray the feelings of a little girl who is obviously alone and so in need of love and recognition.
I introduced Thank You, Mr. Falker to my principal, assistant principal,and instructional facilitator(IF) the Monday morning after I had read it. They all loved it as much as I did. (Our assistant principal even left a note on the front of the book, stating her review: "WOW". Our IF was about to instruct the teachers in our school on differentiating instruction; she thought this book would demonstrate that topic very well. I asked her if I could read the book to them at each of their grade-level meetings. Many tears were shed as we shared this special story.
This story may help teachers to realize how important they can be in the life of every student who walks through the doors of their classroom. We may never know what impact our interactions with a child will have on a "Patricia Polacco" in-the-making.
I am glad Thank You, Mr. Falker has been nominated for South Carolina Children's Book of the Year for 2000-2001. I predict the children of SC will love it as much as our teachers did.
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kat a
This book is about Patricia Polacco herself, as a child unable to read until her 5th-grade teacher discovers her secret. In a wonderful story, the author describes the feelings of a child lacking self-confidence because words on a page were impossible to decipher.
This book is perfect to read to a child in first or second grade who lacks the self-confidence to independently dive into reading. My seven-year-old son loves all her books but this one is his special favorite.
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Thank You, Mr.Falker,is about a real life story. Trisha goes to 4th grade and she doesn't know how to read. Everyone makes fun of her because she doesn't know how to read.Mr.Falker is her 5th grade teacher.Mr.Falker teaches her how to read.Now that she's an adult, she thanks her.Mr.Falker changed her whole life.I liked this book because I learned that there is always someone who can help you,your not alone.
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The book that I read was about this little girl who used to love when her mom used to read to her. When she got to kindergarden every body was learning how to pronounce the words. She was always behing. when she got to second grade every body used to know how to read, but she was the only one who was still pronouncing the words.Then she move and thought everything was going to be better. Then every one teasted her. She med a teacher who help her after school. She started to learn how to read. The little girl was the asthur.
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elizabeth donegia
Thank You, Mr. Falker was first introduced to me by my Children's Literature teacher at Pittsburg State University. Since then, I have shared it with kids I babysit for, children in my teaching laboratory class, my family, and have just read it numerous times for personal enjoyment. I feel that it has a strong message to send and provokes just as strong of a response. Patricia does a wonderful job conveying her trials as a child not knowing how to read and her saving grace Mr. Falker. This story not only shows the sensitivity of children and the struggles they can face in the classroom daily, but also that those who may be challenged in some areas, may excel in others. In Patricia's case, drawing was her talent. I myself am going to be entering the teaching world soon, and this story has helped to open my eyes to some of the situations I may encounter and how to handle them with compassion and understanding. Hopefully I can carry sensitivity like Mr. Falker into my classroom.
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paula santos
We liked this story because lots of people feel like Patricia felt when others were teasing her. We learned that Paticia was not a good student. We learned to not tease anyone or treat our classmates badly. We also learned that you don't have to be afraid when others bully you. We need to ask an adult for help. We recommend you reading this book to your class like we read it in ours.
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ben david
I have a son with severe dyslexia. He has a measured IQ of genius level. He does graduate college math. Only this year has he been able to attain grade reading level (4th grade). Most of the time he is very frustrated when he tries to read. This book has helped him realize that others have had to deal with the same problem. This is a book for every child who is dyslexic, for every teacher who has taught such a child, and for every child to read so that they can learn that every person has special talents, but we don't have every talent. From the mom who was born deaf and was supposed to never ever be able to speak due to birth defects. PS I give a copy of this book to every school that my son attends to put in their library and to each one of his teachers.
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chris wells
I liked Thank You, Mr. Falker because it was kind of intense. It was interesting when she got bullied because it was intense. I thought it could have been more spicier getting to know Mr. Falker. The author could have mentioned more about her family caring for Tricia. I would recommend this book to a lot of people because it is a great story to understand and pay attention to. Will Tricia stop getting bullied?
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My Reading teacher read this book to the class, and I thought it was very touching. In "Thank You, Mr. Falker" a young girl named Tricia struggles with reading, until 5th grade, when she gets an amazing teacher named Mr. Falker. Mr. Falker helps her overcome her obstacle. This is the true story of Patricia Polacco, the author, and I adored it.

-A 6th grader
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This book is absolutely inspiring and i still enjoy reading this book even now into my college years. I love that this book inadvertently focused on accepting kids no matter what their circumstance may be. This book is relatable to everyone because everyone has some sort of handicap or background that makes it hard for them to learn. As educators we should not focus on kids differences and focus on trying to help their overcome their struggles. this is a great book with lessons for all ages
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I liked this book because it is one I think that most kids can relate to. All children are unique and may be good at one subject and not at others. Even the so called "smart" children will struggle in some aspect of learning. I wasn't sure I liked the fact that she tells at the end how this was her story but at the same time it did seem to make the book more applicable to my life because I knew that she truly went through this and I can see connections to my life and other peoples. I would definitely recommend this book for a classroom or a home. It is a good picture book.
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Have you ever hated school? Thank You Mr. Faulker by Patricia Polacco teaches that everybody should be treated the same way.

I love the story because it sounds like something that can really happen. If you have ever had a favorite teacher you would love this book.

The girl was getting teased and it reminds me of my cousin who was getting teased at school.

Patricia, a girl, was getting teased and she wanted to be treated the same the other kids. Then one day a substitute came and changed things.

by Bryan
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marawi kh
I think that Thank You, Mr. Falker is an excellent resource to have in a classroom library. It is almost impossible to not have a child with a disability in a classroom in today's society. This book provides a good story that helps make everyone in the class feel welcomed and cherished. In the story, a little girl has a learning disability, especially with reading. She struggles for the majority of her early years and feels like she is "dumb." Many of the students in her classes make fun of her, which discourages Trisha from learning and participating in class activities. She finally gets a teacher, Mr. Falker, who helps her with her disability and makes her feel included in the classroom. He highlights her strengths and encourages her when she does not believe she can do it. Mr. Falker scolds the other children in the classroom for making fun of Trisha, which makes Trisha feel safe and comfortable in his classroom. I think this book has an appropriate amount of inclusion because it talks about the struggles that many students with disabilities face and how they can overcome these struggles. Many students with disabilities may feel shame or embarrassed, causing them to not ask for help. It is important for classroom teachers to make all the children in the class feel included and engaged, so these particular students get the assistance they need. In the end, the book was a true story about the author, Patricia Polacco. This small fact also allows students with disabilities to know that they are not limited by their disability. In my future classroom, I would definitely have this book a part of my classroom library. There are many lessons that students could learn from this book, the biggest one being acceptance. It teaches students that it is okay to be different, because everyone has their strengths and weaknesses (Trisha was a fantastic artist).
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As an educator, I highly recommend "Thank You, Mr. Falker". This book helps to put into words why I and many others become teachers. Patricia Polacco shows that teachers can make a difference in a child's life. If I can reach and inspire just one student like Polacco's Mr. Falker, I will have fulfilled my calling!
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j hann eir ksson
This story was about a little girl who didn't know how to read or write. One day there was a new teacher that came to her school. When she was in 5th grade she had that teacher, his name was Mr. Falker. Then one day Mr. Falker asked her to stand up and read a book in front of the whole class, but Trisha didn't want to because she couldn't read. Until one day her teacher found out that she couldn't read very well, so he had to teach her how. As soon as he taught her how she was reading just like the other kids in her class. This book would be a good book for little kids.
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kim cobin
In this book I think that the little girl is very smart on the inside but she thinks she is dumb on the outside and can't read. But as she reads all the letters wiggle when she reads them. Mr.Falker helps Tricia with her reading skills and tries to make her a better reader. If you would like to find out about the rest of the book look in a library near you.
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theresa maher
This was a good book for young adults. The book talked about someone who was giving up. Then a teacher who was commited to teaching all of his students taught his student until she was able to read. I think everyone should buy this book and read it.
--Stephen Schwartz
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suzan alareed
This book makes me cry every time I read the ending. It's so touching in a wonderful way and truly makes me appreciate how fortunate I am to love literature. My 6 year old son loves it too and as a beginning teacher, I understand the importance of inspiring people and helping them overcome challenges.
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i in
In the story Thank You Mr.Falker,a little girl named Trisha does not know how to read since kindergarten. At the end of the fourth grade Trisha and her family move to California. She starts fifth grade there and she still does not know how to read. Everybody calls her dumb. I liked this story because it felt like the characters were actually real. Another reason why I enjoyed the story is because Trisha has trouble reading and I do also; that makes us have something in common. The final reason why I liked this story is because it has an upbeat ending when Mr.Falker helps Trisha by bringing her to a reading teacher and she learns how to read better.
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brigitte fisher
Great book that lends itself to many lessons on not giving up, dealing with reading difficulties, bullying. Great for the classroom and at home.
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david berger
This was a really good book. We learned a lot about how important it is to think before you speak. Something you say to someone may really hurt them. We also learned that there are very special people in each of our lives who are always willing to help us.
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traci duckworth
As a second grade teacher I find this book has a wonderful lesson to be taught to teachers and students alike. I read it every year to my class, at least twice. They are always upset by the other students' reactions to Patricia, and empathize with her entirely. Every child has had a time in their life when he/she has felt inadequate, this book shows that you can overcome it.
From a teacher's standpoint it made me walk a little taller and be a little more perceptive to my students' plights.
Thank you, Mr. Falker. You have taught us all a little of life's lessons.
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hasan roshan
This book is about a b\girl who can't read. she is being laughed by other students in her class. Each grade she goes to, she still can't read. She could really draw very well. I really like this book becuase there are some kids with this problem.
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danielle lustgarten
This story is about a little girl named Trishia. When she's in kindergarten she figures out that when she tries to read a book all she sees is wiggly shapes. Kids tease her alot in school. Then finally her mom get's a teaching job in California. So they move to Califronia but everyone treats her the same as her old peers. Then in the fifth grade she gets a new teacher named Mr. Falker. He helps her learn how to read the and makes everyone but one kid named Eric stop teasing her. At the the end we find out that she is the author and that she thanks Mr. Falker. She then tells him that she makes books for children. I thought it was a book about how any child can learn to read.
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I thought the book was very thoughtful and interesting because we all probally have somebody like Trish at our school. And if we're lucky, a teacher like Mr. Falker. So let us begin our personal search for knowlege in books and in people.
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kathryn rowlands
I liked how the teacher, Mr. Falker, was nice to Trisha when all the others were mean and made fun of Trisha. They would get in trouble for being mean beacause Trisha didn't know how to read in the fifth grade. Read this book to find out how Mr. Falker helps Trisha.
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michael finn
I love thank you Mr. falker it is so good.Mr. falker help's trisha to read someone in her 2nd grade class call's her dumb then Mr. falker get's him in trouble, and help's trisha to learn how to read she read's and read's. Now trisha is a book makerthat is why i love thank you Mr. falker.
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I was in a class of teachers where this book was read aloud and there wasn't a dry eye in the room. For all those people who have taught a struggling student - and all those who have struggled themselves, this is a book to read!
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leslie schoeb
I highly recommend this story to all children. I have a young son who is dyslexic--the book was recommended to us by his tutor. But as I was reading this I couldn't help but feel all children would benefit from hearing it. This book is a wonderful example of how children manage to overcome difficulties. It can also help show children to be more compassionate to those who are less fortunate. It is delightful~
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nacho garc a
I think this book is a good book because it shows what alot of kids go through. The getting picked on and thinking that they are dumb. Alot of kids go through the same thing, but most of them eventually get better at reading and stuff. I think this is a recommended book for parents and their kids.
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north chatham
Great story to show the importance of a teacher's influence on a child's life.
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this is a perfect book for kids with dyslexia
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This is an excellent book to share with young students that are having difficulty with learning to read. It is about a special teacher in the life of the author Patricia Polacco, who takes an interest in her difficulty reading and helps her to overcome her problem. Students are able to connect to moments in their lives where someone special has done something special to help them. The illustrations are gorgeous too!
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sandy britts
I adore Patricia Palocco and I love that this book will be even more meaningful for children because it is the true story about the struggle of someone who turned out to be an amazing author. This book is inspiring for adults as well. This story is a great reminder for teachers of what an important profession teaching is and that it just takes one person to make a difference in the life of a child.
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kiki hahn
Came as I expected. On time, as written, added to my collection.
Good book to describe a disability with reading.
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I haven't purchased this book but read it at school. This book is sad but heartwarming teachers I recommend this 100%!!!
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yolandi harris
Polacco's books frequently make me cry, and this is among her best. Though it's too complex for my children (oldest is 6) to really understand, the lessons of understanding and the impact of an insightful, compassionate teacher are good for any age.
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One night I was reading this book to my 7 years old daughter. She felt asleep before we finished the book. It's good that she did fall asleep, otherwise she would have seen me sobbing while reading the last two pages. I wish there were a Mr Falker when I was growing up. Mr Falker has given Trisha hope and more importantly, her self-esteem. And he opened up a whole new world to her by teaching her to read.
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This book is about a young girl that does not know how to read. When Trisha went to school she loved to draw and dream. When Trisha went to Cailforina and went to a new school she was still being teased. Then when Mr.Falker (the teacher) saw Trisha having trouble reading, Mr.Falker and Miss Plessy helped her read. After a month Trisha can now read. This is a great book for kids!
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This is one of that most excellent children books. Due to the different abilities of children, this book allows for students in a classroom and at home to see the effects that "name calling" and other inappropriate treatment can have on a child with a learning disability.I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially educators. This book is a must read for any classroom!!
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One of Patricia's finest books. Kirkus should re-read this book to find it's true meaning.
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vicki lucas
Great book to read to your class at the end of the year.I choke up every time!
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Don't miss this book. Simply stated, the Kirkus review is wrong. How do we color someone else's perspective and belief as "mawkish." Reading is the single most profound act of learning. Of course an author is going to experience strong emotions and will want to deify a teacher who changed her life from misery to joy. Who wouldn't.
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jen reid
Great book to give to outstanding teachers. Trisha loved to draw but had a terrible time learning how to read until Mr. Falker came into her life. This is a heart warming story with many lessons. Don't miss this book!
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fateme ahmadi
I was introduced to Patricia Polacco's work in a grad class and I am sorry I didn't know about her sooner! Anyone who reads this beautiful book will connect with dear Trisha. I shared it with my class of fourth graders and they were as touched as the members of my grad class.
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Many reviews have touched on the fact that this is an outstanding book for showing the difficulty some students face in learning to read. However, just as importantly, it is a great book for teachers to show that they can and do make a HUGE difference in the lives of their students. An excellent book to give to all teachers in appreciation of the hard work they do for our society.
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the book is soo good you should really read it!!

(Ella hardin age 9)
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juli birmingham
Tricia, who wanted to read so much because of her family's love for knowledge,finds out that the letters and numbers in books look like wiggling shapes.Through the years of school,her classmates make fun of her.Because of all of this,she believes them.Then when she got through to fifth grade,her school got a new,wonderful teacher named Mr.Falker.This book is great for kids that have trouble reading and writing.
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maria ch
I think this book was a really good book that alot of people could relate to in some way.It made me feel like Trisha in a way,and I would recommend this book to my younger and older family members and friends.
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I thought this was an interesting book. It was amazing how Trisha could read after the teacher spent time with her. I thought Trisha was just plain dumb, but I guess I was wrong. She is now a happy reader.
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I thought this book was very cute. I thought that it was cool
how it didn't take her long to learn how to read when someone
gave a little more time for her unlike the other teachers.
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raechel clevenger
....I sure can't, and I've already read it about 10 times. A must have gift for any teachers in your life.
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rascelle grepo
I think Thank you, Mr. Falker would be a good book for a 4th grade class with children who are having trouble reading. It was cute, but a little too young for 9th graders. But it was a true story and it came from the heart.
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cherie behrens
A wonderful and heart warming story. Great for lessons. Book came in mint condition and at an extremely reasonable price.
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kork moyer
This book was dare I say, kind of lame. I think this book should be aimed for kids ages 5-9. I believe that kids this age really like the main character fighting for what they believe in just like Trisha learning how to read. At first I thought that Trisha wasn't going to be able to read, but I guess I was wrong.
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emily broom
I thought the book was nice.the fact that the little girl's grandma always told her the good things about her was sweet.
and that the little girl would always remember her grangparents.
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nick hershberger
I read about this book in Carol Hurst's book reviews. I read it to my Fourth Grade class. Not a sound was made as I read. The class was hushed as they revelled in the words of comfort and support Patricia Polacco wove around the student in our room suffering from the same problems. The students in my room suggested I share the book with our Librarian. She shared it with the Librarians in our school district. This book is now in all our elementary and junior high school libraries as well as in the personal libraries of several RST teachers in our district. I knew her books were lovely to read and enjoy. Now I have seen her book show students that everyone can fly.
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esa ruoho
I think that this book is very helpful to people who feel bad about their lives.
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