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Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker

by Patricia Polacco Illustrated by Patricia Polacco

In this autobiographical story, Little Trisha, overjoyed at the thought of learning how to read struggles when she finds that all the letters and numbers get jumbled up. Her classmates make matters worse by calling her dummy.  Finally, in fifth grade, she is lucky enough to have a teacher who recognizes Trisha's incredible artistic ability — and understands her problem, and takes the time to lead her to the magic of reading.

Although dyslexia is never mentioned in the book, this story will provide great reassurance to children who struggle to overcome learning disabilities.

Ages
8, 7, 9
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 4
Grade Level Equivalent
4.8
Lexile Measure
650L
DRA
24
Guided Reading
M
Number of Pages
40
Genre
Autobiography, Biography and Autobiography, Realistic Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Patricia Polacco Award-winning author Patricia Polacco has always been a phenomenal artist, but it wasn't until she was 41 years old that she started writing children's books. She writes in both Eastern European and mid-western American voices.
Patricia Polacco Award-winning author Patricia Polacco has always been a phenomenal artist, but it wasn't until she was 41 years old that she started writing children's books. She writes in both Eastern European and mid-western American voices.

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