Patricia Polacco Visits Mechanicville School – By Sandy McBride

She was learning-disabled.  She could not read until she was 14 years old. She had dyslexia and was unable to sit still. She could not do math. She was teased, laughed at and humiliated.  In her own words, she “had a dazzling array of tricks to hide what I was going through from my teachers.”

But today Patricia Polacco is the author and illustrator of 95 books for children.  She has won numerous prestigious awards for her writing and her art. And she is an amazing public speaker.  On Thursday of last week, she delighted the students and teachers at Mechanicville Elementary School with her story of how she got to that place.

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