Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
Fish in a Tree
Author : Lynda Mullaly Hunt. She feels utterly hopeless and goes to great lengths to keep her secret hidden from her classmates and teachers by displaying disruptive behavior in order to get out of doing her work. But then she gets a quirky and caring new teacher, Mr. Daniels, who sees the challenges she is facing and believes in her ability to succeed. He demonstrates that he will go above and beyond to help her. They discover that Ally has dyslexia, which means her brain works differently and needs extra support for learning how to read and write.
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She is passionate about the power of stories to transform lives. Another picture book biography about using grit to transform a disability into change in the world is A Boy and A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz. In this story, the boy succeeds despite the education system he is in; it could be an interesting contrast to some of the books featuring wonderful teachers. Fish in a Tree November 2, by Katie Cunningham. Fish in a Tree. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid. Like many middle grade students, Ally has years of feeling inadequate, insecure, and inept in her history of schooling—that is, until she meets Mr.
Fish in a Tree , by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, is an emotionally charged story that captures the ups and downs of school, friendships, and the search for identity experienced by tweens and young teens. This is one of those brilliant books that leaves us better than it found us — with greater empathy and a larger appreciation of ourselves and others. Everything changes when she gets a new teacher, Mr. Daniels, and befriends two other misfits at school, Keisha and Albert. D realizes that Ally has dyslexia and helps her learn to read and see the value of her creative mind.