My Favorite Picture Book
Author: Patricia Polaccio
“Thank You, Mr. Falker” is the story of how a young girl named Trisha is struggling with dyslexia without even realizing it, and her teacher helps her work through it. Trisha loves to paint and draw, but words just didn’t make sense to her, and her old teacher didn’t pick up on her disability. As a result, she thought she was stupid. Trisha and her family move across the country, and Trisha still felt dumb and was bullied at school, but then she meets Mr. Falker who helps her to read by having her stay behind every day with him and a reading teacher to help her learn how to read.
As a teacher, I found this book to be uplifting and delightful. I have read this so many times to audiences making a point about the teaching of reading, and I STILL cannot read it without a little tear or two in my eyes. Maybe it's a caring teacher thing. A good teacher is worth his weight in gold. This girl got help from a caring teacher, and finally gave her the help she needed with reading.
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