Reviewed by Paige M. (age 8) and Irmarie D. (age 8)
Years passed and she still could not read. One day her mother got a letter that said there was a teaching job in California for her. So they went to California. It took five days to get there. Trisha went to a new school. She thought it would be different. But it was the same. Children still teased her. A boy would scream and say, "Hey, dummy! How come you are you so dumb?" Trisha would feel her eyes burning. One day in 5th grade there was an announcement. There was a new teacher. His name was Mr. Falker. Read the book to find out if Mr. Falker can help Trisha learn.
We think the big idea in this story is to keep on trying and never give up.
I (Paige) like the book because there are such wonderful illustrations. They are beautiful and colorful. I (Irmarie) like the book because it reminds me of my time in first grade when I couldn't read. I felt sad.
My (Paige's) favorite part was when Trisha would draw beautiful pictures because I liked how people would crowd around her and Trisha would feel good. My (Irmarie's) favorite part was when Mr. Falker came because he would hold up pictures that Trisha made and show them to the class, and it made her feel good inside and made her feel safe.
We liked the illustrations because they look life-like and they go really good with the words. Our favorite characters are Mr. Falker and Trisha. We like Mr. Falker because he helps people who really need help. We like Trisha because she is a good person even though she doesn't have friends.