Five paw prints. At some point in everyone's life there is at least one teacher that makes such an impression that you remember that teacher as having a huge impact on your life. For Trisha that teacher is Mrs. Peterson. In California, where she lived with her mother, Trisha had been in a special class because she had a hard time learning to read. Now that she can read, she and her parents decide she deserves a chance at a fresh start in a new school, so she moves in with her father and gramma in Michigan. Unfortunately, her old school in California sends her school records to the new school in Michigan and Trisha is again assigned to a class for "special" students. The other kids in the school call her class the junkyard class because no one else in school wants them. This is not what Trisha wanted, but Mrs. Peterson helps Trisha and all the other kids in this class realize they are not "dumb" and many treasures can be found in a junkyard. As always, Ms Polacco has created a wonderful book. Most schools have a class of "leftover" students that may need extra help, and this book shows how special AND SMART these students truly can be with help from a wonderful teacher. To learn more about Patricia Polacco visit, http://www.patriciapolacco.com/.