Patricia Barber Polacco
(born July 11, 1944, Lansing, Michigan
) is an American author and illustrator. Throughout her school years, Polacco struggled with reading but found relief by expressing herself through art. Polacco endured teasing and hid her disability until a school teacher recognized that she could not read and began to help her. Her book ''Thank You, Mr. Falker'' is Polacco's retelling of this encounter and its outcome. She also wrote such books as ''Mr. Lincoln's Way'' and ''The Lemonade Club''.
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