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Thank You, Mr. Falker

By Patricia Polacco

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Reviewer: Allison Martin

Thank you, Mr. Falker is the story of a young girl's struggle to read throughout her years in elementary school. Set in 1950's this is the true, heart touching story of a child's struggle with dyslexia. She really wants to read, and fully expects to, but year after year the letters will not come. Tricia endures the teasing of her classmates, until she begins to believe their taunts that she is indeed dumb. One day she gets a new teacher, who admires her artwork and believes in her. He discovers her secret, that she can not read. With his aid after school, the help of a reading teacher, and hard work, she finally experiences the magic of reading in 5th grade.

A touching and poignant story that many children will identify with, no matter what issue they may struggle with in school. As my son also learned to read in 4th grade, after years of ardent desire and struggles, I found this an exceptionally touching book. Highly recommended for elementary students (and their parents, teachers and classmates).

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