Trisha loved, loved, loved books! All she dreamed about was going to school and learning how to read. However, learning how to read was proving to be very difficult. The letters on the pages all seemed to run together making very little sense to her. The other students in her class were showing improvement while she seemed to be getting further and further behind. By the time Trisha got to 5th grade, she had become very good at fooling her teachers into believing that she could read. No one knew her secret except Eric, her classmate, who never missed an opportunity to make her feel dumb. Patricia's life changed dramatically when Mr. Falker came into her life. He was the new 5th grade teacher and could tell that Trisha had a secret that was making her miserable. He discovered that Trisha could not read. After working with Mr. Falker and the reading teacher, Trisha was soon able to sort through all the letters and read. 'Thank you, Mr. Falker' by Patricia Polacco is an inspirational story of the power of a teacher to change the life of a child.
Similar authors: Candace Fleming; Tim Myers
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Date read: 7/20/2011