Thank You, Mr. Falker

A special teacher makes a world of difference for a young girl with dyslexia.


A recurring theme in children’s books is that special connection between a student and the teacher who helps him reach his true potential. After reading this book, help your child identify the teacher who makes a difference in his life, and think about how you can foster the relationship.

by Patricia Polacco
Philomel Books, $16.99; for ages 4–9
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Sometimes just one teacher can make a difference. That’s how it plays out for Tricia, a girl with dyslexia and the star of Thank You, Mr. Falker.

The book is set in 1950, but today’s kids can still relate. Tricia wants to read but she can’t. She’s teased by her classmates, and starts losing faith in herself—until Mr. Falker works with her and helps her learn to read.

TAGS: Talking with Teachers, Learning Disabilities, Children's Books,

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