Thank You, Mr. Falker

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Author: Patricia Polacco

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Synopsis: 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.

Debrief Questions:

  • Can you relate to Trisha? When was a time that you felt frustrated or helpless?
  • Can you think of a person who has helped you overcome a challenge? What can you do to show this person that you appreciate them?
  • In the story, Mr. Falker reminds his students that no one is perfect. What are some things you’re good at? What are some things you could still work on?