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Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
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Nov 13, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: realistic-fiction, picture-books

Author: Patricia Polacco
Publisher and Date: Philomel Books, 1998

Summary: Trisha loves stories but when she gets to first grade she realizes reading isn’t so easy. She gets teased for not being a good reader. In fifth grade, Mr. Falker comes along and gives Trisha attention, which only makes Eric treat her worse than before. With help from Mr. Falker after school, Trisha finally learns how to read.

Review: This is one of my favorite stories! It reminds me of why I wanted to become a teacher. More importantly, students who have a hard time in school can relate to Trisha and see how she did not give up even when things were hard. This is based on Patricia Polacco’s teacher, George Felker. Polacco wrote a heartfelt story about a child who overcomes her problem in school. This is a great book to read to students because Polacco touches on how someone’s actions and words can make or break a person.
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