Award-winning author Patricia Polacco based this story on her own childhood and the heroic teacher who helped her overcome her learning disability. Even though she is a wonderful artist who makes beautiful pictures with her crayons, Trisha can't figure out how to read. The other kids make fun of her, calling her terrible names like "Dummy." Then one day, a new teacher arrives. Mr. Falker doesn't think Trisha is dumb at all. He knows he can help her read.
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"Gifted storyteller Patricia Polacco tells of the sweetness of books and reading and of young Tricia's frustration with school and learning. Happily, a new year and a new teacher bring lasting change to Tricia's life. Kate Forbes narrates quietly but firmly, letting the heart-wrenching story speak for itself. As Tricia is teased repeatedly by her classmates, Forbes conveys tension through a tightened voice. As Mr. Falker guides Tricia's increasing skill in reading and growing pride in herself, Forbes's rich voice lets tenderness permeate. Let every child know this story by heart! A.R. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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