Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker

Book - 1998
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At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c1998
ISBN: 9780399231667
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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Dec 13, 2017

Any time I see this book, I pick it up and read it. It's such a sweet story. Trisha has a learning disability (exactly what kind is never fully explained) that makes it so she cannot read. As a result, she is bullied by other children and she hates school. That changes when her teacher, Mr. Falker, becomes aware of her situation. He comes to her defense and helps her get the assistance she needs. Plot twist: this is actually a story about Patricia Polacco herself! In a blurb at the very end, she describes an instance where she ran into her former teacher many years later. He asked her, "What do you do for a living?" "I write books for children!" she replied, which is something she could never have done if she had not learned to read. This is a powerful and emotional story about how one person can make such a huge impact on another's life, and by extension, the many others that they touch, too.

aforr71 Aug 06, 2014

This wonderful book is a tribute to all teachers -- but especially those who notice and help students with learning disabilities. Thank you, Patricia Polacco, for opening this part of your past, and your heart, to your readers.

Oct 13, 2013

Very good book . Would reccommend it as it shows how an observant teacher can be so kind to help a student that was having difficulty reading and how he recognized the problem and got her the help she needed. No more embarrassment and ridicule from her peers ! A great story.

KRockstar10 Oct 07, 2013

Patricia Polacco's story of how she was unable to read until a fifth grade teacher noticed and got her the help she needed. A learning disability is implied but never named...a good tactic, I think. As a former reading teacher this one made me a little teary. Reading is so important, and the kids who struggle face such embarrassment. This was a great book.

JINGNA_1 Aug 01, 2013

I love this boook!!! I would totally recommend it to ANYONE! it is well written!!! Please read it if you haven't already!!! You will absolutely love it!

Feb 16, 2013

I do recommend that parents and teachers allow their student to read this book. It was a very great book with a great lesson and moral to its story. This book teaches students to appreciate their teachers and rules that are set for them in life. This book also teaches students to push through no matter if they feel like they cannot do something. I think Mr. Falker is a great role model for teachers as well. He teaches or shows teachers how to encourage their students and keep them from giving up. He shows teachers how to motivate their students.


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Oct 10, 2020

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Green_Rabbit_132 Jul 12, 2014

Green_Rabbit_132 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

Feb 16, 2013

latrinablue thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 13


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Feb 16, 2013

This book is about a girl who wants to give up because she is frustrated that she is slower on reading and writing. Her teacher uses different techniques to teach and help her along the way. He does not give up on her and she soon learns to love, respect, and keep trying.


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Feb 16, 2013

"Honey is sweet and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey, you have to chase it through the pages of a book."


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