The author of the bestselling "One Child" introduces readers to a seven-year-old girl who refuses to speak. Hayden, a special education teacher, chronicles her efforts to connect with this wounded girl, and tells of the other troubled children in her class with their own unique problems.The author of the bestselling "One Child" introduces readers to a seven-year-old girl who refuses to speak. Hayden, a special education teacher, chronicles her efforts to connect with this wounded girl, and tells of the other troubled children in her class with their own unique problems.Read Less
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I have read all of Torey Hayden's non-fiction books and they are all great. I admire the work that she does with these kids that need someone in their lives to count on and help them overcome the abuse and neglact they have suffered. I highly recommend all of her books. Only wish she would write more.
Jul 18, 2007
i have a grandaughter with undiagnosed developmental problems. beautiful child was written beautifully regarding torrey hayden's extensive experience with all types of learning disabilities Her compassion, knowledge and story experiences were so compelling that i finished her book rapidly and ordered another in series
Apr 25, 2007
A "beautiful" story of a young girl struggling to become her own person despite so very much adversity. It has always amazed me how much patience and tolerance Torey exhibits with all her students so that they may feel, perhaps for the first times intheir lives, that they matter.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-05-16 Hayden has chronicled experiences from her long career as a special education teacher in several books, including One Child and The Tiger's Child. Successes in this difficult and often frustrating field can be few and hard-won, which Hayden deftly illustrates while simultaneously offering hope and joy in small victories. This time she brings to life the story of a scruffy seven-year-old, Venus, who is so unresponsive that Hayden searches for signs of deafness, brain damage or mental retardation. Familiar with Venus's siblings, other teachers warn Hayden not to expect much from Venus. Yet the author is relentless in her attempt to diagnose the cause of Venus's "almost catatonic" state, which is punctuated by occasional violent outbursts. Suspecting "elective mutism," a refusal to talk "for psychological reasons," Hayden persists in trying to draw Venus out. Her patient dedication finally pays off when the girl shows an interest in She-Ra, Princess of Power comic books. From there, a story of domestic abuse, removal to foster care and a slow emergence from silent isolation unfolds. However, Venus is not the only fascinating character here. Hayden sets Venus's bittersweet and complex story against the backdrop of other students, including one boy with a very high IQ but behavioral problems, another with Tourette's syndrome and a girl who inexplicably spouts sophisticated poetry and talks to her hand. In this first-person narrative, Hayden also shares her own thoughts, worries and strained relationship with a mismatched classroom aide, creating a rich tapestry of the dynamics of a group of special needs youngsters and the adults who try to help them. (Aug. 20) Forecast: There are more than one million copies of Hayden's books in print, and Morrow plans to repackage her backlist titles to coincide with Beautiful Child's publication. The inspirational angle coupled with Hayden's name recognition should add up to excellent sales. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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