Fish In A Tree

By: Lynda Mullaly Hunt BUY BOOK HERE

Ally uses bad behavior to distract from her "dumbness". She has spent her life thinking she doesn't have the ability to learn or be "smart". Mr. Daniels figures out her strategy and someone finally gives her the love and attention she needs. This teacher changes her and her families life! If you've ever struggled in school, or have a child who struggles in school, please read this story.

“Everyone is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking that it’s 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.

“But what really gets me is that in order for Mr. Daniels to come up with this plan, he must have thought of me outside of school—when he didn’t have to think of me. I bet other teachers have never let me sit in their head one second longer than they had to.”