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The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. A perfect gift for teachers and for reading students of any age.

Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha's dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we.

This inspiring story is available in a deluxe slipcased edition, complete with a personal letter to readers from Patricia Polacco herself. Thank You, Mr. Falker will make a beautiful gift for the special child who needs encouragement&150or any special teacher who has made a difference in the child's life.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published on April 12, 2012 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 0399257624
ISBN-13: 9780399257629
13 Book Reviews
  • wolfy_blue
    wolfy_blueabout 1 year44 stars
    Great book! Trisha was a girl who couldn't read, when she tries to read a book filled with words to her it looked like a bunch of scribbles...everytime she tries to read out loud to the class, the class points and laughs, she had to deal with bullies through out the year. Poor Trisha had dyslexia. She believes she can never read. Her teacher, Mr. Falker helped her out through out the school year, making her into a very good speller and reader. This book is heartwarming and a true story. It's also a picture book. I recommend it to you!
    • gophilly
      gophillyabout 1 year
      This book is amazing it shows that you should not make fun of someone even if they cannot read and I also love this book because it is based on the authors experience!
      • shrika_1234
        shrika_1234about 1 year55 stars
        I love this book I also love this author she is really good at bring out morals in her books(pls follow)
        • dream_beyond
          dream_beyondover 1 year55 starsFeatured
          Learning to read is not easy, it takes practice. Once you know how to read it's like you're on an adventure! Patricia Polacco was different. She was not like the other kids. Why? Because she couldn't read. She had something called Dyslexia. All the other kids learned one word after the other and then they could read sentences, sentences became paragraphs and paragraphs became a chapter and soon the other kids could read a whole entire book, while Patricia was stuck on the same word. She tried over and over but words didn't make sense to her. The letters were like squiggly lines to her. As she grew older kids started teasing her and that led to bulling. One day she met her new class teacher, Mr. Falker! He helped her understand letters and soon she could read words and then came sentences very soon paragraphs and then one entire book! Thank you, Mr. Falker! My thoughts: I really liked this book! It teaches you and me to never give up! You might be wondering what Dyslexia is, it's a medical condition which makes it very difficult to read. I think this book is for ages 4+. I hope you will give this book a try!
          • shrika_1234
            shrika_1234about 1 year55 stars
            My friend had Dyslexia but I helped her through it and now she won the spelling bee 🐝. (Pls follow trying to get to goal 250)
        • gold3nglare
          gold3nglareover 1 year33 stars
          An amazing story! Patricia Polacco could not read until she was in 5th grade. Reading was her one weakness. Kids made fun of her and teased her about it. Her teachers had to help her on every single word when they called on her to read aloud. But there was one teacher that believed in Patricia. Will Patricia ever learn to read? Find out by reading this book.
          • superturtle
            superturtleover 4 years
            I wanted to read this book because, my love for this author (Patricia Polacco) is MAD. This book was amazing. It reminded me of the struggles I have at school! I recommend this book to every one 4 or 5+.
            • dragonjade
              dragonjadeabout 7 years55 stars
              It really made me feel like I wasn't alone because my school gives me extra help with learning how to read, but I don't get bullied by any of the boys at my school.
              • cierrae
                cierraeover 8 years
                this book is good
                • lwashington
                  lwashingtonover 8 years44 stars
                  this book is alright in my book!
                  • ngiles2
                    ngiles2over 8 years55 stars
                    I love this book because some times I feel like the main character.