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Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker

1998 Story Books
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Patricia Polacco
ISBN: 0-399-23166-8
Hardcover Price: $16.99
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 wiggling shapes. As she progresses through school, her classmates scorn her as dumb. She believes them . . . until Fifth Grade when she is blessed with a wonderful teacher, Mr. Falker.

Based on her own bleak difficulties in elementary school, the author/illustrator has dedicated this touching picture book memoir to the real 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 compassionate story that will comfort the troubled and trouble the comfortable.

Kemie Nix   ©1998 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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