JUST AS SATURDAY MORNING TV PROGRAMMING IN THE 50s and 60s was reserved for KIDS, so PWR reserves Saturday Mornings for recommendation of Kid’s books.

This amazing story of Trisha, who has trouble reading (the letters and words just look all squiggly and move all over the page) and is taunted and bullied because of it resonates with dyslexic children and their parents and grandparents everywhere. It is not until the fifth grade, when Trisha meets Mr. Falker, that she receives help–and what a difference it makes in all areas of her life. Trisha’s story is autobiographical, written from Polacco’s own experiences in school. The ending is so moving that it made me burst into happy tears!

I recommend this for any boy or girl who has trouble reading.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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