June 11, 2012
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
When Trisha turned 5, her grandfather gave her a very special gift. He ladled a small amount of honey onto the cover of a book.
“What is the taste?” asked her grandmother.
“And so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey, you have to chase it through the pages of a book.”
Soon. Soon she would know how to read.
But Trisha went to kindergarten and although she impressed everyone with her artistic skills, she still couldn’t read by the end of the year. So passed first grade, second grade and so on. The only thing that changed was how Trisha felt about herself. Because the teachers didn’t notice that she couldn’t read — Trisha was smart and learned tricks to convince the teachers that she was learning. But the bullies new and they convinced Trisha that she was dumb and worthless.
It wasn’t until fifth grade that Mr. Falker, a new teacher to the school, saw Trisha struggle and listened to the words of the bullies. Soon Trisha was working after school with both Mr. Falker and a reading teacher. It took weeks and weeks of work but Trisha learned to read.
And have you guessed who Trisha is? (Hint: Look at the author’s name.)
Do you have a child who is struggling to read? Or with another issue that effects their self-esteem or a goal that is hard to attain? Then take a good luck at this book. This book would also make an excellent gift for reading recovery and other teachers who work with students for whom learning comes slow and hard.