Thank you Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco

falker6.gifThis book, written by one of my favorite authors, Patricia Polacco. She is a great writer who has overcome tremendous personal obstacles. I am personally a big fan of hers. This book details her own experience with dyslexia. It chronicles her story of falling behind and feeling worthless until one teacher takes the time to get her tested. Not much was known about dyslexia back then but thank God that she was still able to get the help that she needed from a wonderful caring teacher.

I was encouraged by this book since it’s a tribute to a great teacher. This is especially touching to me because is shows how one person can make a difference in the life of a child. I wonder what would have happened if Mr. Falker wasn’t there? Where would Patricia Polacco be? Would we even know her name? This really makes me anxious to get started teaching so that I can be one of the teachers that make a difference.

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This book is so beautiful. Pay special attention when you come to this part of the book→ when you’re reading it. It shows her grandfather putting honey on the book. I didn’t understand where this was going until he told her to taste it. This was to instill in her the love of reading; to let her know that the words and the knowledge contained in the pages of a book are as sweet as honey.

I would highly recommend this book to parents with children who have learning disabilities. The story is especially touching and personal since it is her first hand account of what happens when a child has a learning disability and consequently is teased because they can’t keep up.

She has so many great books. There is another one of her books that I  review later, Pink and Say, that is so beautiful as well. It will bring tears to your eyes. Phillise is a big fan of one of her other books, Emma Kate, about a little girl and her imaginary friend who just happens to be an elephant.

This book gets *****/***** because it is a brutally honest, well written book with great illustrations that tells a story that needs to be told. Do yourself a favor, go out and get this book for a child that you know who has a disability so that they can see themselves. Everyone needs to see themselves or someone like them in a book. Also get this book for any child to teach them about children who have learning disabilities so that they will know about the disabilities and respect them.

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I would also definitely recommend this for teachers. This book will make a great addition to any classroom library or personal library. Pick it up if you don’t already have it.

Here is a link about the story in her own words @ patriciapolacco.com.

**For teachers**–If 5 or more students from a classroom write to her, she promises that she will send a letter within 5-7 days that can be copied for the whole class.

Check it out!

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